Reba McEntire is one of the best-selling artists of all time, an actress, and a record producer.
She can be said to be living the life we all want, but she has had her fair share of ups and downs.
After 26 years of marriage, she and her husband Narvel divorced in 2015.
The Oklahoma-born singer has managed to build a successful career and has been named, “best singer” four years in a row by the Country Music Association.
Despite having the life many wishes for, life seems to be taking a toll on her as she lost her father to the cold hands of death in 2004.
In 1979, Reba released the song “Daddy” to show appreciation.
The ballad”Just Like Them Horses” her 2015 album was as well dedicated to him.
A few years after her father’s death, Reba experienced yet another loss as she lost her mother. She died at the age of 93 after losing to Cancer.
The country star wrote on social media, ”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.”
In her youth, Jacqueline McEntire always dreamed of becoming a musician, but it was all far-fetched as there was no one to help her.
Reba told Longview News-Journal in 1984,”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 teaching’ school at 16, got married and settled down on the ranch. Took care of us kids, taught us music. We used to sin together as a family.”
After losing her mother, Reba turned to God to help ease her pain as she was a she told Tennessee
She told Tennessean, “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.”
Reba yet suffered heartbreak in 2015 after her 16 years of marriage with Narvel Blackstock ended.
Reba wasn’t expecting the divorce. She didn’t want to reveal the reason behind the divorce but gave a few insights.
In an interview with, CMT’s Cody Alan, she said, “I didn’t want it in any shape, form or fashion. 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. I just thought it was the best thing to take my marbles and go play somewhere else, is what Daddy used to always say.”
The divorce took a toll on Reba and she had to start managing her projects herself.
She opened up on her divorce in the Apple Fitness+ series “Time to Walk”
”Things started going south with my marriage. Narvel Blackstock, my manager and husband at the time — we got a divorce and the shocker of it all was, there were four people who were taking care of all my business,” she explained.
”I had my production manager who left, I had my CEO who left, my manager and husband, and my father had died. So four men who were rock and pillars of my world were gone.”
It was a huge challenge for her as she had to start doing things for herself. Once again she ran to God for help.
”Everything that I was dealing with privately, personally — I had to run it all through God. I had to say, ‘OK big boy, I can’t handle this.
This is way over my pay grade — I don’t know what to do. And I would wait, and He would guide me. And so without my faith, I have no idea where I would be or my career would be, at this time today,” she said.
Thankfully she got overall she has gone through, found love again, and living her best life. We wish her all the best.