Reba McEntire may have her hands full with a time-consuming Hollywood career, but the “Fancy” songstress always makes time for her six kids. Although she technically has one biological child, Reba considers her ex-husbands’ children her kiddos too, especially since she’s never been a fan of the word “stepchildren.”
Reba first experienced motherhood when she married steer-wrestling champion and rancher Charlie Battles in 1976. At the time, the Grammy winner became a mother figure to his two then-teenage sons, Lance Battles and Coty Battles. Even after the duo split in 1987, Reba maintained a relationship with the boys.
Following her first union, the country icon went on to marry music manager Narvel Blackstock in 1989. Upon their nuptials, Reba gained three more additions to her family: Shawna Blackstock, Brandon Blackstock and Chassidy Blackstock, whom Narvel shares with ex-wife Elisa Gayle Ritter.
Sweetly enough, the Reba star sees the TV producer’s kiddos as her own flesh and blood. “I don’t consider Brandon, Chassidy and Shawna stepchildren,” she gushed to The Boot in 2010. “I claim them all.”
The “Nights the Lights Went Out in Georgia” singer may love being the stepmom to five incredible children, but she couldn’t have been happier when she and Narvel welcomed their first and only child together, son Shelby Blackstock, in 1990.
“Shelby has brought us a lot of years of joy and laughter,” the proud mom told The Boot. “He’s a funny guy. You don’t know from day to day if that will last or where he will be next week.”
Even though Reba also called it quits with Narvel after 26 years of marriage in 2015, she will never let go of the bond she created with his children. This means the country crooner will constantly support Brandon, Chassidy and Shawna.
In June 2020, Brandon and estranged wife Kelly Clarkson announced their divorce following almost eight years together. Since the shocking news was shared, Reba has been “torn” over the split, an insider told Closer Weekly in early December.
Because she “adores all their children,” including the “Because of You” singer, who was her former daughter-in-law, “Reba is heartbroken over her divorce,” the source revealed. “She loves Brandon and Kelly like her own, she refuses to pick sides, but she’s afraid of how contentious it’s getting.”
Knowing Reba, she’ll try to lend a hand in any way she can.
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