Reba McEntire is without a doubt one of my favorite singers, and a beautiful lady to boot.
On the surface, it looks like the country music legend has it all; she’s one of the biggest selling artists of all time, as well as a record producer and actress.
But behind the scenes, the Oklahoma-born Queen of Country has been going through a tough time and has suffered more than one dramatic and devastating loss.
In 2015, she and her husband, Narvel Blackstock, got divorced after 26 years of marriage.
Five years later, Reba has opened up her heart and shared some very honest words about what really happened when she split with her soulmate …
Reba McEntire won our hearts when she got her breakthrough in country music in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The Oklahoma native was named “best singer” four years in a row by the Country Music Association.
Naturally, she also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
But despite her brilliant career and all the millions she has earned from it, life has also been pretty tough for Reba.
In 2014, Clark McEntire, Reba McEntire’s father, died. His tragic death turned Reba’s life upside down.
Clark McEntire, a three-time World Champion steer roper, meant a lot for Reba, not only during her childhood, but also throughout her career. In fact, to show her appreciation for him, Reba released the song “Daddy” in 1979, the same year her dad was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.
In her 2015 album Love Somebody, Reba dedicated the ballad ”Just Like Them Horses” to her late father. She also revealed that she performed the song at his funeral.
Unfortunately, Reba was forced to say goodbye to her beloved mother as well – only a few years after her father’s passing. In March 2020, Reba’s mother Jacqueline lost her battle with cancer and died at the age of 93.
”She had a wonderful, full, healthy life and was absolutely ready to go. The cancer might think it won the battle but we’re giving God all the credit on selecting the time for her to go home to Him,” the country star wrote on social media.
Jacqueline McEntire always held the dream of becoming a professional country singer. In her youth, she was even compared to Patsy Cline, the iconic female country singer.
”People’ve said she was as good as Patsy, but she didn’t have the breaks – no one to help her. No way to Nashville. Instead, Mama began teachin’ school at 16, got married and settled down on the ranch. Took care of us kuds, thaught us music. We used to sin together as a family,” Reba told Longview News-Journal in 1984.
McEntire, a devoted Christian, has always turned to faith to help cope with her grief. She made no exception when her mother died.
“I probably would have lost my mind if it hadn’t been for God,” she said. “He said, ‘Nope, pick up your stuff and we’re gonna go on.’ Sometimes he has to jerk your chain to get your attention, and if it is to take you to the bottom … to where you cry out, ‘Lord, please help; I need your help’ … then he’s got his point across. I’m pretty sure that’s what he did with me,” she told Tennessean.
In 2015, Reba suffered another type of blow that also broke her heart. After 16 years of marriage, Reba and her husband, Narvel Blackstock, announced that they would be going their separate ways.
The couple met back in 1989, when Blackstock played steel guitar player in her band. After a whirlwind romance, Reba and Blackstock tied the knot on a boat at Lake Tahoe.