People really like Reba McEntire because she’s friendly and easygoing. But it turns out, this wasn’t just because she’s from the country — she did it on purpose to sell her music.
In a recent interview, she talked openly about her family and how being from the countryside influenced how she raised her only child.
Reba is a special music treasure because she’s really easygoing and real. She’s 67 years old and grew up on a ranch in Chockie, Oklahoma. She’s a true country girl.
When she wasn’t in school, she was part of a family band and even helped take care of the cattle. Reba enjoyed barrel racing, and her dad and granddad were well-known champions in rodeo.
A lot of the values and ideas Reba has in her life come from growing up in the countryside.
Reba shared, “My parents taught me to be punctual. If you say you’ll be somewhere at a certain time, you show up. That’s how I grew up.”
In 1990, she became a mom to Shelby and was already really famous. Even though her mom was a celebrity, Reba knew she had to be careful to raise him right.
While raising Shelby, Reba had to make some tough decisions but stuck to the values her parents taught her.
“When we played games or cards, I didn’t let Shelby win,” she said. “He wouldn’t learn anything that way. I always told him, ‘I’ll always love you, but it’s important that other people like you too. So, don’t be rude or act spoiled.'”
Shelby, who is now a race car driver, was raised by the Grammy Award-winning singer and her ex-husband, Narvel Blackstock, to respect others and know that nobody is better than anyone else.
“A lot of people have told me you wouldn’t guess he had the life he did,” she said.
Reba has admitted that before having her son, she was a bit more focused on herself. She made sure to spend a lot of time with him.
“I had great nannies, and I took him with me on tour,” she said. “When I couldn’t, I would fly home after a concert, spend time with him in the morning, take him to school, and play with him until I had to leave again for a show. I really wanted to be with Shelby. I still do.”
Reba has also been open about her son’s ADHD. When he was younger, it was hard for him to finish a book. Now that he’s in his 30s, he loves reading a lot.
“He’s always trying to get better and do well. His dad did a great job too. Shelby is a special gift from God to me. We’re really close. Before Shelby, I was more focused on myself. But then, you get this little person to take care of, love, and teach. It’s not all about you anymore.”
Reba is always joyful for her son, and she was especially happy when he recently married Marissa. They had their wedding at Walt Disney World, and it felt like a fairytale.
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