The country superstar has stated that even though they lived in different states during the COVID-19 outbreak, she and her actor lover would use FaceTime “four to five times a day.” The strategy of taking things gradually was ultimately successful in winning Reba McEntire.
This week’s edition of PEOPLE, which hits newsstands on Friday, features an interview with the country music icon, 67, in which she reveals that she and her boyfriend of nearly three years, actor Rex Linn, took their time getting to know each other before they started dating.
McEntire recalls, “I had known Rex since ’91 when we collaborated on the movie The Gambler Returns with Kenny Rogers.” Rex is credited alongside Rogers in the film. “The next time I saw him was in January of 2020 when I was filming an appearance for the television show Young Sheldon, which he also stars in. He suggested that we eat together once we had finished what we were doing.
And I said, ‘OK!’ On our first date, which neither of us was aware was a date, he made me giggle till I almost peed my pants.” When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, it didn’t take long for the world to go into lockdown, and it was then that McEntire and Linn, both 65, were forced to spend time apart in different locations.
She explains, “He was in Los Angeles, and I was in Oklahoma since my mother had just passed away.” “He was in Los Angeles, and I was in Oklahoma.” “During the months of March through June, we were unable to interact with one another physically; nevertheless, we were able to communicate many times per day via Zoom and FaceTime.
We developed a connection and an intimacy through non-sexual means of getting to know each other better, which led to the creation of a bond and intimacy.” even though McEntire “truly wasn’t interested in finding love again” after her divorce from her ex-husband of 26 years, music manager Narvel Blackstock, in 2015, she is overjoyed that Linn came into her life and says she couldn’t be happier now that she has met him.
She declares, “He is my life’s one and only love.” “It’s hard to imagine life without each other.” The fact that McEntire and Linn are currently starring as husband and wife in the most recent season of the drama Big Sky on ABC, which is currently being filmed in Albuquerque, is also helpful. According to McEntire, playing husband and wife comes naturally to the two.
“My co-star Rex and I put in a lot of work in the rehearsal room so we won’t waste anyone’s time when we finally take the stage. We are qualified to do this. We are prepared because we have everything we need, never arrive late, and never miss a meeting. We are not keeping anyone waiting since we know that time equals money on the TV screen.”
Even though McEntire has a hectic schedule with filming and performing on her Reba: Live in Concert tour, which began on October 13, she still makes time each morning for “coffee camp” with Linn. “I prepare Rex coffee every morning,” she says. “I hope you enjoy it.” “When he offers to make it, I politely decline his offer and reply, “No thanks.”
I would want to complete that task for you. It would not be challenging to reply, “Yeah, get it.” I’m exhausted.’ Nope. The coffee camp is a must-do for me.” In exchange, McEntire claims that Linn will “massage my feet or rub my shoulders” whenever she becomes exhausted. She adds, “The simple things mean so much to me,” and I couldn’t agree more.
“It is also essential to pay attention to your spouse and listen to the stories they tell, even if you’ve already heard them a hundred times. I’ll witness married couples who appear to have a lot of happiness in their relationships, and the lady will sit there and listen to her husband’s stories while smiling at them.
I’ll think, “How many times has she heard that?” This experience has taught me a lot.” “I confronted Dolly Parton with the question, “Have you ever considered calling it quits?” She questioned what it was that she could do that would allow her to have such a good time.
“She reflects on it. “We couldn’t be happier right now. Dolly is about ten years older than I am, and on a daily basis, she serves as an inspiration to me. We are free to continue doing what we do so long as we can and maintain our enjoyment of it.” She continues by saying, “I never in a million years would have believed in a million years that I’d be doing an ABC drama at my age, but I am absolutely loving it.”
“Now, if I can simply be a superhero or a supervillain in one of the Marvel movies, that would be the icing on the cake,” the actor said. “That would be the cherry on top.” Pick up the newest issue of PEOPLE, which is on newsstands everywhere on Friday, for more of Reba McEntire’s insights into the things she’s learned about love and life over the course of her career.