Kelly Clarkson is reportedly leaning on close friend Blake Shelton since her split from her husband of almost seven years, Brandon Blackstock. According to a new report, Blake has been very “supportive” of his longtime friend and The Voice co-coach over the past few days since it was revealed that she had purportedly filed for divorce.
A source told Us Weekly that the country superstar has been standing by Kelly’s side, despite him being somewhat in the middle of the split. Kelly’s estranged husband is also Blake’s longtime manager.
“Blake has been supportive and the friend she has needed, as always,” the site’s source alleged of how the “God’s Country” singer reacted to the news of the divorce between his two friends.
“Blake and Kelly often joke they are siblings,” the insider added of their close friendship, though neither Kelly, Brandon, nor Blake has yet publicly spoken about the split.
Notably, Blake does have a little experience himself when it comes to divorces, which means he could have some wisdom to impart. The singer, who’s been dating Gwen Stefani since 2015, was married to his first wife Kaynette Gern (also known as Kaynette Williams) from 2003 until they divorced in 2006. He then wed fellow country superstar Miranda Lambert in 2011, but they divorced in 2015.
Incidentally, Kelly will likely keep leaning on Blake both privately and publicly, as it was recently announced that the two will reunite on Season 19 of The Voice in the fall. Gwen and John Legend will also be back for the NBC singing competition.
Us Weekly’s latest report also revealed how another big country superstar, Reba McEntire, reacted to the news of the surprising split.
Reba was previously married to Brandon’s dad Narvel Blackstock until they split in 2015, which means she is Brandon’s former stepmom. She, Blake, and Kelly are also all close friends.
According to the source, it was Kelly who allegedly broke the news to Reba. The insider claimed that the star was just as “supportive” as Blake of their decision to go their separate ways.
“Reba’s supportive of both Brandon and Kelly’s decision to split. She’s anguished about it, but she’s not one to judge,” the source alleged.
In addition to her divorce from Narvel, Reba was also married to her first husband Charlie Battles from 1976 until 1987.
Though Kelly and Brandon are yet to speak out publicly regarding their divorce, another report recently alleged that being locked down together on their ranch in Montana with their two children, 6-year-old River and 4-year-old Remington, only shed more light on their existing marital problems.