Kelly Clarkson urged her in-laws Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock to stay together, an insider exclusively tells Us Weekly Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night

Asking for some kind of miracle.

Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock would have ended their marriage a lot sooner if it wasn't for their daughter-in-law. An insider exclusively tells Us Weekly that Kelly Clarkson wanted nothing more than the pair to be happy and remain committed to each other.

"They've been living apart for two years," the source tells Us. "Kelly urged them not to split and she's the reason they didn't split earlier."

The insider adds: "She was really fighting for them to make it work and stay together."

McEntire, 60, and her manager-producer, 58, announced on Monday that they are separating after 26 years of marriage. "Despite this being the end of their marriage, they continue to support each other," a statement from Big Machine Label Group read. "They have worked together for 35 years and will continue to do so. They have asked that you respect their privacy during this time."

Clarkson, for her part, has always raved about being a part of the McEntire family. The "Heartbeat Song" singer, who wed McEntire's stepson Brandon Blackstock in October 2013, often gets together for game night with the country superstar. (Clarkson and Blackstock welcomed daughter River Rose in June 2014.)

"My sister, my mom, me and [mother-in-law] are the gamers in the family. Everyone else we just drag into it," Clarkson, 33, told Rolling Stone in May. "Reba and I are both competitive – she'll tell you she's not, but she's a liar. I can win Sequence, but if we play backgammon or Mexican Train dominoes, she kills me. She's like a backgammon magician." 

"Our family gatherings are just a bunch of grandchildren and nieces and nephews," she adding, laughing off the idea that holidays are more like the CMAs. "Our job is very egocentric, so it's nice to be able to reflect on something else."

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