Reba McEntire defends daughter-in-law Kelly Clarkson: 'I've never seen her happier'

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Reba McEntire Defends Daughter-in-Law Kelly Clarkson


Reba McEntire is a country star, GRAMMY winner and award-winning film and television actress, but her favorite role might be grandma!

McEntire is married to manager Narvel Blackstock, and her step-son Brandon Blackstock recently welcomed his first child with singer Kelly Clarkson, daughter River Rose. Quite a talented family tree!

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Reba McEntire defends daughter-in-law Kelly Clarkson: 'I've never seen her happier'
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Singers Kelly Clarkson (L) and Reba McEntire pose in the audience during the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACM)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 20: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Trisha Yearwood, Kelly Clarkson, and Reba McEntire perform during Kelly Clarkson Miracle On Broadway - A Benefit Concert at Bridgestone Arena on December 20, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Justin McIntosh/Getty Images for Starstruck Entertainment)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 06: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS) Ashley Monroe, Angaleena Presley, Miranda Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, Faith Hill and Reba McEntire join Shania Twain backstage after her performance SHANIA: STILL THE ONE at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on April 6, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.(Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 06: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS) Kelly Clarkson, Reba McEntire, Shania Twain and Faith Hill backstage after Shania Twain's performance SHANIA: STILL THE ONE. at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on April 6, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: (L-R) Singers Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock in the audience during the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACM)
This image released by NBC shows, from left, Trisha Yearwood, Kelly Clarkson, and Reba McEntire during the taping of "Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale," in Las vegas, Nev. NBC says Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg and William Shatner are among those joining Kelly Clarkson's holiday special. The special, also is set to include country stars Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood, will air at 10 p.m. EST Dec. 11 on NBC. (AP Photo/NBC, Justin Lubin)
Reba McIntyre, center, performs with Miranda Lambert, left, and Kelly Clarkson at the American Country Countdown Awards at the Music City Center on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by [Wade Payne]/Invision/AP)
Kelly Clarkson announces the nominees for the American Music Awards, on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2013 file photo, Kelly Clarkson performs at Green Mountain Coffee’s “Great Coffee, Good Vibes, Choose Fair Trade” campaign concert in New York. The Grammy winner announced the birth of her daughter in a Saturday, June 14, 2014, post on Twitter. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 09: Kelly Clarkson performs at the 8th Annual ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditorium on September 9, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Show' Episode 517B -- Pictured: Kelly Clarkson -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER -- Pictured: Kelly Clarkson rehearses for 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center' -- (Photo by: David Giesbrecht/NBC)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 937 -- Pictured: Music guest Kelly Clarkson performs 'Don't Rush' on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
KELLY CLARKSON'S CAUTIONARY CHRISTMAS MUSIC TALE -- Pictured: (l-r) Jai Rodriguez, Kelly Clarkson -- (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Kelly Clarkson performs for the 'People Like Us' Fair Trade Concert at Highline Ballroom on October 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Kelly Clarkson performs for the 'People Like Us' Fair Trade Concert at Highline Ballroom on October 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
THE VIEW - (10.9.13) Today's guest co-host is Bobby Flay. Guests include Kelly Clarkson: Sophie Lowe and Michael Socha (ABC's 'Once Upon A Time in Wonderland') today on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 noon, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) KELLY CLARKSON, SHERRI SHEPHERD
THE VIEW - (10.9.13) Today's guest co-host is Bobby Flay. Guests include Kelly Clarkson: Sophie Lowe and Michael Socha (ABC's 'Once Upon A Time in Wonderland') today on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 noon, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) KELLY CLARKSON
THE VIEW - (10.9.13) Today's guest co-host is Bobby Flay. Guests include Kelly Clarkson: Sophie Lowe and Michael Socha (ABC's 'Once Upon A Time in Wonderland') today on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 noon, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) BARBARA WALTERS, KELLY CLARKSON, SHERRI SHEPHERD
THE VIEW - (10.9.13) Today's guest co-host is Bobby Flay. Guests include Kelly Clarkson: Sophie Lowe and Michael Socha (ABC's 'Once Upon A Time in Wonderland') today on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 noon, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) KELLY CLARKSON
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08: Singer Kelly Clarkson visits the SiriusXM Studios on October 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL: COUNTRY'S NIGHT TO ROCK - The summer's hottest television music event, 'CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock,' airs on MONDAY, AUGUST 12 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Jon LeMay/ABC via Getty Images) KELLY CLARKSON
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 08: Kelly Clarkson and Jason Aldean perform during the 2013 CMA Music Festival on June 8, 2013 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Singer Kelly Clarkson performs onstage during the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Singer Kelly Clarkson performs onstage during the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: (L-R) Singers Sheryl Crow and Kelly Clarkson attend the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rick Diamond/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACM)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Singers Adele and Kelly Clarkson attend Sony Music Grammy Reception at Bar Nineteen 12 on February 10, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Singer Kelly Clarkson accepts Best Pop Vocal Album award for 'Stronger' onstage at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Singer Kelly Clarkson accepts Best Pop Vocal Album award for 'Stronger' onstage during the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 09: Reigning celebrity grand marshal Kelly Clarkson tosses Mardi Gras cups and beads to fans and revelers in the 2013 Krewe Of Endymion Parade on February 9, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 09: Mardi Gras reigning celebrity grand marshal Kelly Clarkson performs on stage before the 2013 Krewe Of Endymion Parade on February 9, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images)
Kelly Clarkson performs during the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremonial swearing-in at the US Capitol on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Finale' Episode 323B -- Pictured: (l-r) Cassadee Pope, Kelly Clarkson -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 16: Singer Kelly Clarkson performs onstage during 'VH1 Divas' 2012 at The Shrine Auditorium on December 16, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 16: Singer Kelly Clarkson performs onstage during 'VH1 Divas' 2012 at The Shrine Auditorium on December 16, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Kelly Clarkson performs onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/AMA2012/Getty Images for AMA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Kelly Clarkson performs onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS - THEATRE - 'The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards' broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC. (Photo by Todd Wawrychuk/ABC via Getty Images) KELLY CLARKSON
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 20: Kelly Clarkson performs on stage at Wembley Arena on October 20, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 20: Kelly Clarkson performs on stage at Wembley Arena on October 20, 2012 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jo Hale/Redferns via Getty Images)
CONCORD, CA - JULY 25: Kelly Clarkson performs in support of her Stronger release at Sleep Train Pavilion on July 25, 2012 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
DUETS - 'Superstars' Choice' - The Superstars are in charge this week as they take the stage with their remaining Duet partners to perform the song of their choosing that best showcases their partners and hopefully secures a win. America's results from the prior week will be revealed at the top of the show, sending one contestant home and leaving three in the competition to fight it out. At the end of the night, the polls will open one last time and America will determine the winner of the competition. Hosted by Quddus, the series is a one-of a kind singing competition that takes the Superstars out from behind the judges' panel and onto the stage, on 'Duets,' THURSDAY, JULY 12 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty images) KELLY CLARKSON, JASON FAROL
DUETS - 'Superstars' Choice' - The Superstars are in charge this week as they take the stage with their remaining Duet partners to perform the song of their choosing that best showcases their partners and hopefully secures a win. America's results from the prior week will be revealed at the top of the show, sending one contestant home and leaving three in the competition to fight it out. At the end of the night, the polls will open one last time and America will determine the winner of the competition. Hosted by Quddus, the series is a one-of a kind singing competition that takes the Superstars out from behind the judges' panel and onto the stage, on 'Duets,' THURSDAY, JULY 12 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty images) KELLY CLARKSON
US singer Kelly Clarkson performs during the Pop Music Festival 2012 at Arena Anhembi in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 23, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Yasuyoshi CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/GettyImages)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Singer Kelly Clarkson performs onstage at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Singer Kelly Clarkson attends the Entertainment Weekly & ABC-TV Up Front VIP Party at Dream Downtown on May 15, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
DUETS - 'The Superstars Greatest Hits' - The music industry's biggest Superstars -- Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke - take to the stage and perform their most popular songs with their hand-picked 'Duets' partners. Hosted by Quddus, this one-of a kind singing competition series takes the Superstars out from behind the judges' panel and onto the stage, on the premiere of 'Duets,' THURSDAY, MAY 24 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty images) KELLY CLARKSON
DUETS - 'The Superstars Greatest Hits' - The music industry's biggest Superstars -- Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke - take to the stage and perform their most popular songs with their hand-picked 'Duets' partners. Hosted by Quddus, this one-of a kind singing competition series takes the Superstars out from behind the judges' panel and onto the stage, on the premiere of 'Duets,' THURSDAY, MAY 24 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty images) KELLY CLARKSON
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 01: Host Reba McEntire and singer Kelly Clarkson pose backstage at the 47th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 1, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for ACM)
SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 27: Singer Kelly Clarkson performs at San Jose State Event Center on March 27, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, FL - FEBRUARY 16: Kelly Clarkson performs at Hard Rock Live! in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on February 16, 2012 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson perform onstage at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Miranda Lambert, left, and Kelly Clarkson perform a medley of songs by Reba McIntyre at the American Country Countdown Awards at the Music City Center on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 15: (EDITORS NOTE: Image processed using digital filters) Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, and Kelly Clarkson perform at the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center on December 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for dcp)
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"She's a doll," McEntire gushed about baby River. "She's been in London with her mom and dad and her granddad because my husband manages myself and Kelly. So they've been very busy and that's given a lot of together time for Narvel and River. And he's loving every minute of it. He sends me videos and pictures every day."

McEntire doesn't hesitate to defend her daughter-in-law, who has faced harsh criticism over her weight and recently admitted that she has struggled to find artists to collaborate with, but she doesn't think Clarkson needs any help fighting her battles.

"You know Kelly's a big girl," McEntire told ET. "She's always been able to defend herself and take up for herself. But if there's any slack needed to be taken up, I'll be there for her in a heartbeat."

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The 59-year-old performer was "thrilled to death" when Clarkson married Blackstock in 2013, and she couldn't be happier for the positive developments in her daughter-in-law's life, both personally and professionally.

"I'm very proud of her," said McEntire. "She's a girl with a big heart. Very giving, loving, and talented. Everybody knows she's talented but sometimes they don't see that big-hearted loving person that she really is. And I'm so happy for her, I've never seen her happier than she is right now."

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