“Every time she looked at me, she’d start crying — just squawking! It was serious!” McEntire, 60, said backstage at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday. “So at Christmas at their house, I said, ‘Kelly, give her to me.’ I held her and started feeding her. She looked at the bottle, looked at me and smiled. We’ve been friends ever since.”
Earlier in the night, Clarkson, 32, got emotional while introducing McEntire’s performance. (Clarkson married McEntire’s stepson, Brandon Blackstock, in 2013.)
“When I was at the ACMs nine years ago, I yelled across the crowded backstage to Reba, ‘I want to be you when I grow up!’ ” she joked, later adding, “So basically what I’m saying here, people, is that I have the coolest mother-in-law and you all can suck it.”
Clarkson’s hit “My Life Would Suck Without You” just got a whole new meaning.
— Michele Corriston with reporting by Darla Atlas