"The divorce was not my idea. I didn't want it in any shape, form or fashion," McEntire shares. "So, 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," she adds.
"The thing that got me through this change in life, is number one, God," she says. "I prayed every day to help me have the strength to move one foot in front of the other, and continue on with what I'm supposed to be doing ... and then with my team ... and my friends, my family, my girlfriends."
"You know, you just got to have a great team of people around you that you love, and they love you, and I'm very blessed to have those people," she stresses. "I thank God for it all."
The country star certainly has loyal friends. Last August, McEntire's Reba
co-star, Melissa Peterman, told ET that McEntire was "doing great" post-split.
"I've talked to her and she's doing great," said Peterman, who worked with McEntire for six seasons on their hit WB/CW sitcom. "I love her."