Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire are two of the most successful and beloved singers in the music industry. They have also collaborated on several occasions, such as their duet of “Because of You” in 2007, their joint tour in 2008, and their appearance on “The Voice” in 2023. But did you know that they also share a family connection? Here’s the truth behind their bond and how they are related.
How Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire Became Family
Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire became family when Kelly married Brandon Blackstock, Reba’s former stepson, in 2013. Brandon is the son of Narvel Blackstock, Reba’s ex-husband and former manager. Narvel and Reba married in 1989 and had one son together, Shelby. Narvel also had three children from his previous marriage: Shawna, Chassidy, and Brandon.
Kelly and Brandon met in 2006 at the Academy of Country Music Awards, where Reba was performing with Kelly. They started dating in 2012 and got engaged later that year. They tied the knot in a small ceremony at Blackberry Farm in Tennessee on October 20, 2013. They have two children together: River Rose, born in 2014, and Remington Alexander, born in 2016.
Reba welcomed Kelly into her family with open arms and praised her as a singer and a person. “She’s a wonderful person, very talented,” Reba told E! News in 2013. “I love her to pieces. She’s been one of my best friends since I met her in 2002.”
How Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire Stayed Close After Their Divorces
Unfortunately, both Kelly and Reba went through divorces from their respective Blackstock husbands. Reba and Narvel announced their separation in 2015 after 26 years of marriage. They finalized their divorce later that year. Kelly and Brandon filed for divorce in June 2020 after nearly seven years of marriage. They reached a settlement in March 2022.
Despite their marital woes, Kelly and Reba remained close and supportive of each other. They continued to text each other regularly and work together on projects like “The Voice”, where Reba served as a mega-mentor for Kelly’s team in April 2023.
Kelly also revealed that her relationship with Reba was not affected by her divorce from Brandon. “Not at all,” she said on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” in June 2023. “We were friends before (Brandon and I) even got together.”
Reba also expressed her love for both Kelly and Brandon and said she did not want to play favorites or get involved in their split. “Kelly and I do talk, we text and I love them both, and so I can’t play favorites because I’ve been a friend of Kelly for a long time,” she told “Entertainment Tonight” in 2021.
How Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire Inspire Each Other as Artists
Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire are not only family and friends, but also mutual fans of each other’s music. Kelly has cited Reba as one of her major influences as an artist and has covered many of her songs, such as “Fancy”, “Why Haven’t I Heard from You”, and “Does He Love You”. She has also praised Reba for being a trailblazer for women in country music.
Reba has also complimented Kelly for her talent, versatility, and growth as an artist. She has said that she is proud of Kelly for her success on “American Idol”, “The Voice”, “The Kelly Clarkson Show”, and her own albums. She has also said that she would love to tour with Kelly again someday.
Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire are more than just related by marriage. They are also related by music, friendship, and respect. They have proven that their bond is stronger than any divorce or drama. They are truly an inspiring duo in the music industry.