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Narvel Blackstock, Reba McEntire

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UPDATE: Reba McEntire updated fans about her relationship status this past week. "Narvel and I are divorced. It was final October 28," she wrote on Facebook. "Thanks for all of those sweet messages. Narvel and I are friends. We have always been."


Another sad ending for a country music marriage.

E! News can confirm Reba McEntire and husband Narvel Blackstock are separating after 26 years of marriage.

In a joint statement posted on the "Consider Me Gone" singer's personal website, the duo revealed that they have been separated for the "past few months." However, "despite this being the end of their marriage, they continue to support each other."

The statement concluded, "They have worked together for 35 years and will continue to do so. They have asked that you respect their privacy during this time."

McEntire and Blackstock have one son together. Blackstock is also a father to three other kids from previous relationships including Brandon Blackstock, who is married to Kelly Clarkson.

One of their last public appearances together was back in April when the McEntire was being honored at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Texas. 

While adjusting to the solo life again, McEntire has been keeping busy hanging out with close family and friends.

Narvel Blackstock, Reba McEntire

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Over the weekend, the Reba star was all smiles when she enjoyed some quality time with a famous BFF. "I loved having lunch with my friend," she captioned a pic on Instagram of herself with fellow famous redhead Shirley MacLaine. "What a sweetheart!"

She also made time to support her son Shelby who was busy racing over the hot summer weekend. "Shelby went from 10th to 6th today," the proud mama gushed. "Put in some fast times too :-) Way to go Shelby!"

But getting back in the studio has probably proved to be the most helpful medicine of all. McEntire teased fans Monday morning that a new single will be announced Wednesday. We'll be listening!

(Originally published Monday, August 3, 2015 at 2:50 p.m. PST)