Reba McEntire’s ex-husband, Narvel Blackstone, didn’t wait for the ink to dry on their divorce papers before running to another woman, local real estate agent Laura Putty Stroud — and he might only slow down to walk her down the aisle.
All of Nashville is buzzing about Narvel tossing Reba aside like yesterday’s trash and making a beeline to Laura after 26 years of marriage and 25 years as the country superstar’s manager.
“It was a bombshell. No one saw it coming,” a stunned source told Page Six. “They are very serious. It’s unclear when they started dating. The word on the street is that they’re getting married.”
Reba, 60, is putting up a brave front, telling friends and family she’s fine, but it’s not hard to imagine that she’s devastated, since Laura is — or, at least, was — a friend of couple, and has been photographed partying with Reba and Narvel, 59, in the past.
Reba shocked fans by announcing the split from her husband/manager over the summer, and then confirmed it last month via Facebook.
“Narvel and I are divorced,” the “Does He Love You” singer posted. “Thanks for all the sweet messages. Narvel and I are friends. We always have been.”
Surprisingly, the exes plan to continue to run Starstruck Entertainment, which manages Reba, their daughter-in-law Kelly Clarkson (who canceled 21 dates on her last tour and is pregnant with her second child, a boy) and Blake Shelton (who has had his own romantic issues, as The National ENQUIRER has reported.