Country music hit-maker and versatile entertainer Reba McEntire found her former husband, Narvel Blackstock, like many people do— through work. Learn more about their love story below!
Reba and Narvel began working together back in 1980 when he was the steel guitar player in her band. Eventually their working relationship turned into friendship and then into red-hot love. In 1989, the musical pair exchanged marriage vows on a boat during a private ceremony in Lake Tahoe. Besides being married to Reba, Narvel also became her manager and the two formed Starstuck Entertainment to manage the Oklahoma native’s growing career. Upon getting hitched, the singer instantly gained three stepchildren (Chassidy, Shawna, and Brandon) from his previous realtionship, and together, they welcomed a son named Shelby in 1990.
After 26 years of being husband and wife, the pair shocked the country music community and fans when they announced their separation on August 3, 2015. The couple’s divorce was finalized a few months later on October 28, 2015. Despite the divorce, McEntire remains very close to her three stepchildren as well as the Blackstock family. She adores her stepchildren’s kids and considers them to be her very own grandchildren. As many fans well know, Brandon Blackstock married vocal powerhouse Kelly Clarkson in October 2013 and the pair have two children together, River Rose and Remington Alexander.
“The divorce was not my idea,” McEntire told CMT Radio Live in March 2016. “I didn’t want it in any shape, form or fashion. So it was really hard to make the adjustment. When someone’s not happy, I just want everybody to be happy in their lives because our lives are too short to be miserable, so I just thought it was the best thing to take my marbles, go play somewhere else, is what Daddy used to always [say].”
“But the thing that got me through all of this change in my life, number one, is God,” she added. “I’ve prayed every day to help me have the strength to move one foot in front of the other, to continue on with what I’m supposed to be doing and why he put me on this earth in the first place.”
Earlier this year, Reba opened up to The Insider about her post-divorce relationship status. Despite publicly sharing that she’s ready to hit the dating scene again, finding a suitable companion has proven alarmingly difficult.
“You know I put that out about two weeks ago and not a darn thing has happened,” Reba joked. “So I guess I’m just too busy. Maybe that’s it!”
Hilariously enough, Reba’s 27-year-old son Shelby Blackstock has laid out a ‘dating rule’ for his famous mother— no men under 50. Reba’s not sure how she feels about that ‘rule,’ since she remains forever 35 in her mind.
As for finding a new romance, the seasoned entertainer sums it up the best.
“Timing is everything and everything happens for a reason,” Reba quipped.
Shelby can rest easy for a little while longer. We wish Reba and Narvel the best as they navigate this latest chapter in their lives.