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Kenny Chesney tells Parade magazine he lost his center last year, and that prompted his yearlong break (well, with a show or two here and there) from the road.
"I was standing onstage last year, and I felt like I wanted to be somewhere else. No matter how many people were out there, it all just felt like a blank sheet of paper,” he tells the magazine .
“You'd think I'd have been happiest in my life playing music in front of 50,000 people at Gillette Stadium. But let me tell you, it's an odd feeling to feel alone in the spotlight."
Kenny adds: "I needed to reconnect with my family. I needed to reconnect with me. I needed to pick up the guitar just because. I needed to get that kind of heart back in my life."
Kenny also opened up about plenty of other subjects, including marriage and kids.
On dating: "The world is a different place now. If I go out with a girl, there is a possibility that she's going to get up from the dinner table and go to the bathroom and use Twitter to tell everybody what she's doing. And the next thing you know, everybody's got a play-by-play of what you're having for dinner. That would make anybody uncomfortable."
On lessons his Mom, Karen, taught him: "She was dating someone once and broke up. And this stayed with me. She said, 'Kenny, I just want you to know I'd rather be miserable alone than miserable with somebody else.' That makes a lot of sense to me."
On his marriage to Reneé Zellweger, five years after breaking up: "Now I look back on it as just another way of getting knocked down on the football field."
On walking down the aisle again: "I hope that's in the cards for me one day."
On having kids: "I hope I have kids one day. But I don't wake up every day and miss that in my life."