Reba McEntire Is Mentor and Mother-in-Law to Kelly Clarkson

Thursday, 02 Jan 2014 11:50 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Reba McEntire and former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson have long been friends, with McEntire serving as a mentor, but Clarkson said the new in-law title between the two is still a bit "surreal."

Clarkson married into the McEntire/Blackstock family when she tied the knot with McEntire's stepson Brandon Blackstock in October. Blackstone is the son of McEntire's husband Narvel Blackstock, reported CMT.

The couple had been dating for two years and announced in 2012 they were engaged, according to WBTW-TV.

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"It's like your friend is becoming your mother-in-law and your mentor," Clarkson told CMT last week. "You know, she's a big mentor for me, too, not only musically but professionally."

Clarkson is about to make McEntire a grandmother as well, as the singer is pregnant with her and Blackstock's first child, CMT wrote.

"Before Brandon, Kelly had a really tough time with love," a source told Us Weekly in 2012. "(Brandon) is just what she needed."

In December, Clarkson appeared with McEntire and Trisha Yearwood in a video rendition of "Silent Night," reported MTV.

"Decked in a festive red gown, Kelly delivered her R&B-infused rendition of 'Silent Night' while trading verses with the inimitable Trisha," wrote the MTV blog Buzzworthy. "As the girls smiled at each other like old pals (which they probably are), Reba came out next to finish off the track. Three gifted country/pop singers on one stage?? Suddenly we're feeling the kind of Christmas cheer one can only feel by watching 'Home Alone' and/or receiving a Chanel bag filled with XBox Ones for Christmas."

MTV wrote that Clarkson's "Wrapped In Red" Christmas album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in mid-December and sold 70,000 units in its first week. She also released an original Christmas song "Underneath The Tree," from the album, per MTV.

McEntire on Thursday posted a picture of her and former first lady Barbara Bush, who is ill, the two together on Instagram with the note: "'Get well soon' wishes out for the 1st Lady of my heart, Barbara Bush. Hope you feel better. Love ya!"

She also joined other celebrities in offering sympathies for the passing of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" actor James Avery, who died this week.

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