NEWS

EXCLUSIVE: Reba McEntire Wants to 'Fall in Love' Again After Divorce, Dishes on Christmas With Kelly Clarkson

by Sophie Schillaci 5:16 PM PST, November 30, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Reba McEntire Wants to 'Fall in Love' Again After Divorce, Dishes on Christmas With Kelly Clarkson

Reba McEntire is certainly feeling the love this holiday season.

The 61-year-old country music icon is celebrating Christmas with a new album of her "favorite" classics, including "Winter Wonderland," "O Holy Night," "Jingle Bell Rock," "Silent Night" and more. Reba: My Kind of Christmas is only available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores.

"It's the first acoustic album I've ever recorded," Reba tells ET's Nancy O'Dell, revealing that she actually cut the entire album on a whim five years ago!

WATCH: Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn Add New Dates for Las Vegas Residency 

"I called my piano player, Kathryn Marks, I said, 'Kathryn, come in the studio and let's lay down some tracks of Christmas songs in case anybody ever asked me to go do a Christmas party or something," she says. The tracks then sat on a shelf until Cracker Barrel came calling about a partnership.

As for her own holiday plans, Reba -- who recently extended her Las Vegas residency with Brooks & Dunn into 2017 -- is looking forward to spending time with her family. Though she and ex-husband Narvel Blackstock finalized their divorce last year, Reba remains close with his son, Brandon, and daughter-in-law, Kelly Clarkson.

"I saw them at Thanksgiving and now I am getting to see them at Christmas," she says. "They are busy. She is really busy traveling a lot and she takes the kids with them all the time."

Together, Kelly and Brandon are parents to 2-year-old River Rose and 7-month-old Remington Alexander, as well as Brandon's two older children from his previous marriage.

"She is loving all the time, but she is a good mom and she laughs and makes them mind and says, 'Oh no, girlfriend, you are not getting away with that! 'Oh no, don't look at me like that,'" Reba gushes over her daughter-in-law, with whom she recently performed for Pentatonix's Christmas Special on NBC.

"[She is] very saucy," Reba adds. "She is hysterical with [her kids] and they are cute as a button."

Things haven't always been easy for Reba since her marriage crumbled in 2015. Now, the ever-optimistic superstar tells ET how she made it through those difficult times.

"God and my girlfriends," she says. "My family, work, staying busy, but being able to talk to God every day and say, 'You gotta help me through this. I'm gonna give it all to you,' and he did. He helped me through it."

Today, Reba says she's "always" looking for love.

"I'm just kind of winging it and taking it one day at a time and loving life, enjoying being with my friends and family as much as I can," she says. "I think it's always nice to have somebody to go to dinner with and fall in love with. I don't see anything wrong with that at all."

WATCH: Even Reba McEntire Admits to Stage Fright 

SHARE ON FACEBOOK SHARE SHARE ON TWITTER TWEET