Country star Reba McEntire may have her hands full with a time-consuming Hollywood career, but the “Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” songstress always makes time for her six kids. Although she only has technically 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, 64, first experienced motherhood when she married steer-wrestling champion and rancher Charlie Battles in 1976 after first crossing paths the year prior. The Grammy winner then became a mother figure to his two then-teenage sons, Lance Battles and Coty Battles.
Not much is known about Lance, but Coty followed in his father’s steer-wrestling footsteps before settling down as a rancher. Reba’s ex Charlie, whom she divorced in 1978, sadly passed away in 2013 after suffering heart failure and complications from a stroke.
Following her first marriage, Reba went on to marriage manager and guitarist Narvel Blackstock in 1989. Upon their nuptials, Reba gained three more additions to her family: Shawna Blackstock, 47, Brandon Blackstock, 43, and Chassidy Blackstock, 42.
Sweetly enough, the Reba star sees them 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.” So cute!
While Shawna and Chassidy strayed from the spotlight, Reba’s stepson Brandon followed in his dad’s entertainment footsteps as he married superstar singer Kelly Clarkson. After Brandon popped the question in December 2012, Reba once told Katie Couric she was “thrilled to death” to have the American Idol alum join the family.
“To have my buddy as my daughter-in-law, I mean, who could ask for more?” she marveled. “[Kelly’s] a girl with a big heart. Very giving, loving, and talented.”
Reba may love being the stepmom to five incredible children, but she couldn’t have been happier when she and Narvel — who divorced in 2015 — 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 told The Boot. “He’s a funny guy. He’s in college now, but you don’t know from day to day if that will last or where he will be next week.”
Although Shelby, 29, pursued a college education, he ended up leaving school to become a full-time race car driver. Since 2012, he has competed at the US F2000 National Championship, the Pro Mazda Championship and the Indy Lights. His online bio said he “grew up accustomed to the fast-paced, high adrenaline lifestyle synonymous with an entertainer of Reba’s caliber.”
The “Fancy” singer even supported her son as he recently raced at the Daytona International Speedway. Reba took to Instagram to share a sweet message as her handsome son. “A mama is only as happy as her kids are. Shelby, ‘Love getting back at Daytona International Speedway for the #roar,’” she wrote alongside a photo of Shelby on January 5.
We love Reba almost as much as she loves her kids!