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Reba McEntire Says Divorce From Narvel Blackstock Was Not Her Idea

If it was Reba's call, it sounds like the couple would still be married.
Reba admits she was blindsided by her ex Narvel Blackstock's decision to end their 26-year marriage.
Reba admits she was blindsided by her ex Narvel Blackstock's decision to end their 26-year marriage.

Country fans were shocked when Reba McEntire and husband/manager Narvel Blackstock announced they were divorcing after 26 years of marriage in 2015. Apparently, Reba was just as surprised.

"The divorce was not my idea. I didn't want it in any shape, form or fashion," the 60-year-old singer told CMT's Cody Alan in an interview this week. "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."

She added: "I just thought it was the best thing to take my marbles and go play somewhere else, is what daddy used to always say."

McEntire and Blackstock, 59, have one son together, Shelby Blackstock, a race car driver. Blackstock has three other children from a previous marriage and is the father-in-law of singer Kelly Clarkson, who reportedly tried to keep him and McEntire together.

Happier times: Narvel Blackstock and Reba McEntire attend Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XXI with Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock in 2014.
Happier times: Narvel Blackstock and Reba McEntire attend Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XXI with Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock in 2014.

In December, a few months after the divorce was finalized, McEntire posted a group photo with Blackstock and told fans in the comments that the pair are "still friends."

So proud of these people. They have been with me for over 20 years. Pictured l to r, Brian Leedham 24 years, Narvel...

Posted by Reba McEntire on Thursday, December 17, 2015

In the CMT interview this week, the country legend said focusing on her faith helped her bounce back from the painful split.

"The thing that got me through this change in life, is number one, God," she told Alan. "I prayed every day to help me have the strength to move one foot in front of the other, and continue on with what I'm supposed to be doing ... and then with my team and my friends, my family, my girlfriends."

The marriage may be over, but the two-time Grammy winner said she has plenty to be grateful for in her life.

"You know, you just got to have a great team of people around you that you love, and they love you, and I'm very blessed to have those people," she said. "I thank God for it all."

We're rooting for ya, Reba.

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