A husband and wife say the secret to their happy marriage was getting divorced and re-married.

Chris and Stephanie Teague, both 35, were high school sweethearts when they started their relationship.

They got married in 2006 while Chris, who worked in the music industry, was busy focusing on his professional career and Stephanie studied to be a primary school teacher.

The couple, who live in the US, says they started to drift apart after feeling the pressure of having a perfect relationship.

They had both been heavily involved in their local church and their beliefs formed a strong foundation of their relationship.

As Chris progressed in his career, his faith in God started to fade.

Chris and Stephanie Teague at their first wedding in 2006 (

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He started drinking and using drugs to cope with his shaken faith and started to feel as if he'd be better off alone.

The couple filed for divorce in 2010 and Chris pursued different relationships and experienced life for the first time as a single man.

He says he quickly realised that he "felt more lost and alone than ever before" and decided to return to his local church.

During their time apart, Stephanie also dated other men - but similarly to Chris, nothing came of her experiences.

Chris and Stephanie Teague got re-married in 2011 (

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The pair then involved their family and friends and underwent marriage counselling. They got remarried in 2011.

Chris, from Nashville, Tennessee, said: "As a young couple we had no mentorship and no one to advise us about how difficult married life can be.

"We got married at 19 and 20 while we still had so much else going on in our lives.

"From the outside, we looked like the perfect couple, but issues started to develop which we didn't know how to deal with.

Chris and Stephanie Teague with their two children (

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"It's, without doubt, the hardest thing we've ever had to go through, but it's also what's led us to where we are today."

He added: "After reconnecting with my faith, I started to realise that God wanted me to pursue things with Stephanie.

"This came as much of a surprise to me as it did to her, as when we got divorced I said that even if I rediscovered religion later in life, that I still wanted to remain apart.

"Our relationship is now based on the principle that nothing is too far gone, and suffering can either break you or make you stronger."

Chris and Stephanie Teague wore black for their second wedding (

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Chris and Stephanie went on to have their first child in 2013 and second one in 2015.

Shortly after their remarriage, they began entering singing contests together.

After getting to the final of one contest by singing about their relationship, the couple decided to pursue music as a full-time career - going by the name of husband and wife duo 'Out of the Dust'.

In 2015 they went on their first tour and now perform 60 to 70 shows a year at churches, events and conferences all across the US.

The couple have 20,000 followers on Instagram and a solid fan base.

Stephanie said: "We never thought this is the path that our lives would take but were so grateful that things have worked out the way they have.

"When we sung in that final of the contest, a woman came up to us in tears saying that she was going through the exact same thing in her relationship.

"That's when we realised the power of our story and how interesting it was, and we just want to share it with as many people as we can.

"We didn't give up on our relationship even when others were telling us to, and now we're celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary.

"We really feel like we've proved the doubters wrong and we are looking forward to a bright future performing together."

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