Blake Shelton and Kaynette Williams were Ada, Oklahoma high school sweethearts and got hitched in a small ceremony in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on November 17th, 2003 during Blake’s break from a tour with Toby Keith.
“I knew Kaynette was the one,” Shelton explained to Country Weekly shortly after their wedding. “Just because I can’t explain it I can’t say it’s because we get along or because of the way she looks. It’s just something I feel – you know what I mean? It’s nothing more than just knowing you’re right.”
In the beginning of Shelton’s country music career, his wife managed his Nashville affairs and helped him keep his fledgling career moving forward. Sadly, the pair divorced in 2006 with Williams claiming that her famous ex-husband was “guilty of inappropriate marital conduct.” Shelton quickly moved on with fellow country star Miranda Lambert, who he had already known for nearly six months before the split.
“After Blake and I split up, I moved from Tennessee back to Oklahoma,” Kaynette told The Enquirer in a rare 2011 interview. “But then Blake and Miranda moved back there to a neighboring town, and it just felt like Oklahoma wasn’t big enough for all of us.”
Now Kaynette Williams is living a quiet life in Great Bend, Kansas and is working as a math facilitator at an elementary school. She is currently dating rodeo champion Cody Joe Scheck— the world record holder for steer roping.
“Kaynette still finds it painful to talk about her marriage to Blake,” Scheck’s mother told The Enquirer. “She’s a very private woman who keeps a lot of her emotions inside. But she’s determined to put all of that behind her and move on.”
Oddly enough, in 2014 an Ebay listing for Kaynette’s classic Demetrios wedding gown was created. The starting bid was placed at $700, but no bids were made on this unique piece of country music memorabilia.
We wish Kaynette nothing but happiness and healing!