Reba McEntire is opening up about the painful split from her ex-husband, Narvel Blackstock, after 26 years together.
The 60-year-old country crooner admits that it wasn't actually her idea to divorce in a new interview with CMT's Cody Alan. McEntire and 59-year-old Blackstock -- singer Kelly Clarkson's father-in-law -- were officially divorced last Oct. 28.
"The divorce was not my idea. I didn't want it in any shape, form, or fashion," McEntire shares. "So, it was really hard to make the adjustment when someone's not happy. I just want everybody to be happy in their lives, because our lives are too short to be miserable."
"I just thought it was the best thing to take my marbles and go play somewhere else, is what daddy used to always say," she adds.
McEntire says she relied on her faith to get her through the difficult time.
"The thing that got me through this change in life, is number one, God," she says. "I prayed every day to help me have the strength to move one foot in front of the other, and continue on with what I'm supposed to be doing ... and then with my team ... and my friends, my family, my girlfriends."
"You know, you just got to have a great team of people around you that you love, and they love you, and I'm very blessed to have those people," she stresses. "I thank God for it all."
The country star certainly has loyal friends. Last August, McEntire's Reba co-star, Melissa Peterman, told ET that McEntire was "doing great" post-split.
"I've talked to her and she's doing great," said Peterman, who worked with McEntire for six seasons on their hit WB/CW sitcom. "I love her."
According to Us Weekly, Clarkson reportedly tried to keep McEntire and Blackstock from splitting last August. The "Piece by Piece" singer was urging the two of them to stay together, even though they had reportedly been living apart for two years, the magazine reported.
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