Who is Kaynette Williams?
Kaynette Francis Gern was born in Ada, Oklahoma, USA on 20 February 1973, so under the zodiac sign of Pisces and holding American nationality. She is best known for being the first wife of a famous country singer Blake Shelton.
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Early life and education
Kaynette was an only child, and spent most of her childhood in Oklahoma with her father who work as a news presenter on one of the local news stations, while her mother was a teacher at a private school. Kaynette attended two universities and got herself two degrees in financial matters and in human science – she was interested in journalism when she was a teenager and was a host of some programs in her high school, while a lot of people also complimented her on her voice and her acting skills. She thought about pursuing a career in singing or acting, but didn’t follow through.
Marriage with Blake Shelton
The couple first met while they were both attending high school, Blake was 15 years old at the time while Kaynette was around 18 – they dated for over 10 years before they exchanged their vows on 17 November 2003. The two were apparently crazy about each other, one proof of that is Blake’s confession of his love towards Kaynette in “Country Weekly” magazine in December 2003 – Kaynette also worked as his manager in the early days of his career.
Even though things were looking great for the couple, Blake fell in love with another woman after one of his concerts – the woman’s name is Miranda Lambert and she became his second wife. They are both singers, and have performed “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma” together. Kaynette didn’t want to put up with this and eventually filed for divorce in 2006 saying that Blake was “guilty of inappropriate marital conduct”, while Blake married and later divorced Miranda on 20 July 2015 and is said to have been dating Gwen Stefani, the main vocalist of the “No Doubt” music band, for a couple of months in 2019.
Divorcing Kaynette wasn’t easy for Blake either since he apparently loved his wife – he claimed that the pain of divorcing Kaynette was so big that he compared it to what he felt when he lost his brother Richie, who died in a car accident when he was 14.
Kaynette’s life after divorce
Things were not easy for Kaynette after her divorce, since apparently she was still very much in love with Blake, while he had found himself another woman – this led to her disappearance from the media for some time, until she was emotionally ready to go out there again. Things got even harder for her after she heard that Blake and his new wife Miranda were moving to the city next to hers in Oklahoma – she claimed how Oklahoma was too small for both of them to live in.
It took her some time but she eventually landed back on her feet, and moved to Great Bend in Kansas and started working as a math facilitator at one of the elementary schools there. It is said that she also found someone to love, the rodeo champion called Cody Joe Scheck who currently holds the world record for steer roping, and that the two are living together. He was born in Norton, Kansas USA on 13 March 1979, which makes him six years younger than Kaynette – he studied at Community College and majored in agricultural business from Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
Kaynette is also associated with one of the organizations which fights for women rights – her work in the field of issues reflecting the problems of women is notable. She is still very sensitive about her marriage with Blake, and she avoids talking about it as it is painful for her to recall all the good times they had together.
Who is Blake Shelton?
Blake Tollison Shelton was born on 18 June 1976 in Ada, and is three years younger than Kaynette. He grew up singing and playing his guitar as his uncle taught him how to play it when he was 12. He wrote his first song when he was 15, and won a Denbo Diamond Award at 16. In 1990, when he was 14, his older brother Richie Shelton who was 24 at the time died in a car accident – it turned Blake from a 14-years-old child to a 14-years-old adult in a matter of minutes.
As soon as he finished his high school, he went to Nashville in Tennessee to pursue his singing career and decided not to go to university – he worked for a music publishing company and got his first production contract with Sony Music in 1997.
He signed with Giant Records in 2001, and wanted to release the song “I Wanna Talk About Me” as his single but the staff did not agree – the song ended up being recorded by a famous American singer Toby Keith whose version was rated number one single. Blake ended up releasing “Austin” as his first single, and it hit first place on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts, staying at the top of the list for five weeks. He went on to release his first album entitled “Blake Shelton” which sold over one million copies, making it platinum.
Up to this day, Shelton has released a total of eleven albums, and has invested the money he he’s made into his own franchise of restaurants and entertainment objects called “Ole Red”. He opened his first Ole Red in Tishomingo in Oklahoma in 2017, then in Nashville next year, and his third location is going to be Gatlinburg in 2019.
Shelton is considered to be one of the best country singers of all time – he’s won numerous awards including nine Country Music Association, five Academy of Country Music, eight American Country, 26 BMI and 26 ASCAP awards. He was married twice but both of his ex-wives filed for divorce because he was cheating on them. His net worth is estimated to be over $60 million.
Appearance and net worth
Kaynette is now 46 years old, has medium long blonde hair, hazel eyes, is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) tall and weighs around 136lbs (62kg).
According to authoritative sources, her estimated net worth is said to be less than $300,000, and is unlikely to rise.
Kaynette put her Demetrios wedding gown for auction on EBAY with a starting price of $700, but nobody made a bid – in order to avoid media attention, she didn’t put it there herself but asked her friend to do it for her, however, some people recognized the dress so Kaynette quickly pulled it out of the auction.
Social media presence
Kaynette is not active on any social media platforms as she is trying to keep her private life to herself. Unlike her, Blake Shelton is very active on the Internet, and has 2.8 million followers on his Instagram account and a whopping 20.6 million fans on his Twitter account.