The Truth About Reba McEntire's Famous New Boyfriend

Country superstar Reba McEntire has been a multi-hyphenated talent since the late '70s. She has dominated the music industry by releasing a whopping 63 albums to date, enjoyed a successful run on Broadway in Annie Get Your Gun, and starred in the hilarious sitcom Reba in the early 2000s. Throughout all of her career accomplishments, however, the singer has also led an active love life. 

The "Is There Life Out There" singer first married steer wrestling champion and rancher Charlie Battles in 1976, but the pair divorced in 1987 when McEntire moved to Nashville, Tenn. to advance her career, according to CNN.  Two years later, she married her manager and TV producer Narvel Blackstock but, after 26 years of marriage, they also called it quits. Although it's been reported that the couple were "at the end of their marriage," McEntire admitted she didn't want the divorce. 

"The divorce was not my choice," she revealed on her podcast Living & Learning in September 2020 (per Closer Weekly). "I did not want it at all." But, as "difficult" as she took the divorce, an insider explained that she didn't stay down for long. "She felt sorry for herself for about a month, but then she snapped out of it," they noted. "Reba really learned that she can stand on her two feet, that she doesn't and never really did need a man to take care of her." And although she doesn't necessarily need a man, she did find love after her divorce.

Reba McEntire found love with CSI: Miami's Rex Linn

According to Us Weekly, Reba McEntire and her boyfriend of two years, retired oil geologist Anthony "Skeeter" Lasuzzo, broke up in October 2019. The singer exclusively told the publication that the two weren't going to spend the following holidays together. "Skeeter and I broke up in May, so, unfortunately, we will not be spending that time together," McEntire explained. "We still talk and we're friends, but just decided to go our separate ways." But, in October 2020, the mother-of-one revealed that she has found a "special" someone in CSI: Miami actor Rex Linn. On her podcast Living & Learning, McEntire shared that Linn is "a very sweetheart of a guy." 

"It's good to have a person to talk to, laugh with, get into subjects about what's going on," she said. "Discussions about our past, our family, funny stories, him being an actor, me being an actress. And he's very into my music. I'm very into his career." She added, "It's just great getting to talk to somebody who I find very interesting, very funny, very smart and is interested in me, too. We're having a blast and still getting to know each other."

Yet, while the "Fancy" singer is having fun with her new beau, she's still keeping a level head. "Whatever happens in the future," she noted, "we're very stable and it's been a good six months and I look forward to having more things to look forward to."

Reba McEntire met her new boyfriend a long time ago

So just how does a busy country superstar and actress meet a "special" someone? Reba McEntire told Andy Cohen in November 2020 that she met boyfriend Rex Linn when they were both working on the Kenny Rogers movie The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw in 1991. McEntire was married to her ex-husband, Narvel Blackstock, at the time, so she and Linn continued to speak as friends. "We've kept in contact with each other over the years, and we both know the same people, so it was just like good friends getting back together having dinner in January," McEntire said of their first outing after her divorce. "And then we started texting and talking on the telephone, getting to know each other better during the quarantine."

McEntire went public with her relationship in October 2020 when she mentioned the actor on her Living & Learning podcast. "He's very special. We're having a blast and still getting to know each other," McEntire said (via OK!) after sharing the news about their relationship. As to why she decided to go public with it, she explained that she would want him to do the same. "I put myself in his shoes, and I said if he was doing this podcast and he didn't mention me, I would be crushed."

Rex Linn has puppy eyes for Reba McEntire

If you scroll through Rex Linn's Instagram page, it's clear the actor is smitten with Reba McEntire. His first post with the country singer was in January 2020, but he really turned on the cuteness by October, around the same time McEntire openly discussed their relationship on her podcast. In one particular photo, he called her an "angel on the ground." In his most recent post (at the time of this writing), he compared the "Consider Me Gone" singer to what appeared to be a cardinal. "Two Beautiful redheads down by the creek today," he said. How sweet.

Of course, he's not the only one sharing adorable snaps on social media. The Reba star has posted her fair share of photos as well, calling her boyfriend her "Sugar Tot" in one. It seems like McEntire has made use of her quarantine by possibly finding her "Forever Love."