Reba McEntire isn’t just a country music star — she’s also a proud mom! In 1990, McEntire gave birth to her only biological child, son Shelby Blackstock, with her then-husband Narvel Blackstock, according to Country Music Nation. According to the outlet, Blackstock deeply respects his mother and her achievements as a singer. In 2011, he attended her induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Despite being a legend in the eyes of fans, Blackstock sees McEntire as a down to earth person. He told Nash Country Weekly (via Country Music Nation), “Overall, to be honest with you, she’s just your average, everyday person. She is no different. You could go up to her and start a conversation. That’s exactly the kind of person she is and what she is, an all-round loving person.”
Though McEntire has enjoyed the perks of her star status, she’s been careful to keep her son humble — even though he’s now in his 30s. While raising Blackstock, she had one goal in mind… and it wasn’t about giving him royal treatment.
Reba McEntire didn’t want her son to be ‘a spoiled brat’
Reba McEntire recently spoke to People about motherhood and revealed a goal she was aware of while raising her son, Shelby Blackstock. As a mother, McEntire wasn’t interested in serving indulgences on a silver platter. She explained, “If we were playing games or playing cards, I would never let Shelby win. He wouldn’t have learned anything that way. I used to tell Shelby, ‘I’ll always love you, but I want other people to like you. So don’t be a little jerk. Don’t be a spoiled brat.’” Was McEntire’s goal achieved? The country music star shared, “A lot of people have told me they’d never know [he] was blessed with the life that was given to him.”
There are no uncomfortable feelings regarding McEntire’s approach to parenting as she and Blackstock have seemingly remained close over the years. In February, Shelby married Marissa Branch at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., per Southern Living. To the delight of the guests, McEntire delivered a surprise performance of their hit “Fancy”. According to Taste of Country, one of Blackstock’s Instagram stories showed him and McEntire dancing to their 2005 song “You’re Gonna Be (Always Loved By Me).” In an Instagram post, Blackstock reflected on their wedding day and thanked “@reba & Dad for helping put this all together! It really was perfection!”