FLASHBACK: Newlywed Reba McEntire on Her Love Life in '89: 'I Don't Like to Be Alone'

by Philiana Ng 10:01 AM PDT, August 05, 2015
Playing FLASHBACK: Newlywed Reba McEntire on Her Love Life in '89: 'I Don't Like to Be Alone'

Earlier this week country star Reba McEntire and her husband of 26 years, manager Narvel Blackstock, called it quits, announcing in a joint statement that this was “the end of their marriage.”

Back in 1989, ET sat down with the singer just after she and Blackstock wed – and she couldn’t help but speak glowingly about her partner.

When ET asked McEntire whether she thought she’d ever fall in love again, there was no doubt in her mind that she would – even admitting that she wasn’t a fan of being by herself.

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“Oh, sure – most definitely,” she told ET back then. “I’m a loving person. I don’t like to be alone, never. I’m a people person and I have fun in life and I just don’t like to be alone that much.”

Before McEntire married Blackstock, she was wed to the late Charlie Battles, a national steer wrestling champion and rancher, from 1976 to 1987. Though this marks the end of McEntire and Blackstock’s romantic relationship, he will remain her manager.

“Narvel helps an awful lot because he is the one that’s out there who responds – who tells me what works, what doesn’t work, what looks good,” she said at the time of the importance of Blackstock’s professional feedback. “I need that nightly to improve the show and I got to have that from somebody I trust and I do trust Narvel explicitly. That’s why I married him.”

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“I love him and I trust him very much,” McEntire made sure to reiterate.

On Aug. 3, McEntire and Blackstock announced in a joint statement on her website that they were splitting up.

"Despite this being the end of their marriage, they continue to support each other," the statement read. "They have worked together for 35 years and will continue to do so. They have asked that you respect their privacy during this time."

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The pair have a son together, Shelby, a race car driver. Blackstock has three children from a previous relationship, including son Brandon, who is married to singer Kelly Clarkson.

In February, McEntire gushed about her step-granddaughter River Rose and her husband.

"She’s a doll,” the 60-year-old singer told ET. “She’s been in London with her mom and dad and her granddad because my husband manages myself and Kelly. … He’s loving every minute of it, but he sends me videos and pictures every day, so I’ve been kind of keeping up to speed."

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McEntire, who will return to ABC Family’s Baby Daddy, isn’t slowing down either. After performing several dates for her Las Vegas residency with longtime pals Brooks & Dunn earlier this summer, she’ll be back in December for more shows.

“I’m giving them what they came for – the hits [the fans] made No. 1s,” she told ET in June.

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