In the world of show business, relationships can be complex and ever-changing. However, there are instances where genuine friendships withstand the test of time, even when family ties evolve. Such is the case with Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire, whose bond has proven to be as strong as ever despite their changing roles in each other's lives.
Let's delve into the heartwarming story of their enduring friendship, from their initial meeting to their current connection.
A Friendship That Transcends Family Ties
Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire first crossed paths in 2002, during the season 1 finale of American Idol. Reba, a seasoned country music icon, performed alongside the rising star, Kelly. At that time, Reba was married to Narvel Blackstock, the father of Brandon Blackstock, who would later become Kelly's husband. Despite the evolving family connections, Kelly and Reba established a genuine friendship beyond their shared performances.
From Family to Friends
Kelly and Brandon's relationship blossomed as time passed, leading to their marriage. Reba, who had been a part of the family as her husband's stepmother, was in a different role as Kelly's mother-in-law. However, the changing family dynamics didn't alter the bond between Kelly and Reba. Their friendship endured, and they continued to share a close connection.
Standing By Each Other Through Life's Changes
Both Kelly and Reba experienced significant life changes within a few years of one another. In 2015, Reba announced her divorce from Narvel Blackstock, marking the end of their 26-year marriage. Meanwhile, Kelly's relationship with Brandon ended in June 2020. Despite these personal challenges, their friendship remained steadfast.
A Bond of Empathy and Support
During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live in June 2023, Kelly opened up about her relationship with Reba. She shared how they supported each other during difficult times and the nature of their friendship.
"I think we're both, you know, women of sound mind that know that life doesn't work out sometimes," she said during the interview. "I mean ... well, she would know best! It's like literally the same thing. So, no hard feelings there. Just feelings!" Their mutual understanding and empathy have been the foundation of their enduring friendship.
Maintaining Communication and Support
Despite their busy schedules and personal lives, Kelly and Reba have continued to maintain communication and support each other. Kelly mentioned during the interview that they frequently text each other and had been in touch even before Reba signed up to be a coach on The Voice. Their friendship is a testament to the power of genuine connections in the world of fame and fortune.
A Heartfelt Tribute
Kelly has never hesitated to express her admiration and love for Reba. 2018 she paid a heartfelt tribute to her friend and "hero" at the Kennedy Center Honors. During the ceremony, Kelly expressed how meeting Reba and eventually becoming family was one of her life's highlights. Her words resonated with warmth and gratitude, showcasing the depth of their friendship.