Reba McEntire, the country music icon, made a memorable appearance at the Super Bowl this year, marking her 50th year of performing the National Anthem. The decision was not only a testament to her enduring talent but also a heartwarming nod to her boyfriend, Rex Linn, who played an instrumental role in encouraging her to take the stage.
A Star-Studded Love Story
Affectionately known as 'Tots' to their fans, the love story of Reba McEntire and Rex Linn is nothing short of delightful. With pet names like 'Tater' and 'Sugar Tot', their relationship has endeared them to the public. Their romantic journey began a few years ago, but their friendship goes back to 1991 when they first met on the set of Kenny Rogers' movie The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw.
From Friendship to Romance
Despite their initial meeting, their romantic involvement was not immediate. McEntire was married to her second husband, Narvel Blackstock, at the time. However, the two maintained a warm friendship over the years. It wasn't until after McEntire's divorce in 2015 and her subsequent split from Anthony 'Skeeter' Lasuzzo in 2019 that she and Linn reconnected.
A Reconnection Amidst the Pandemic
In January 2020, McEntire guest-starred on Linn's show, Young Sheldon. This led to daily conversations during the pandemic and eventually, a meeting in person. They have been dating since October 2020 and even worked together on the ABC series Big Sky. Their strong bond has led to speculation about a possible wedding in the future.
The couple's story took a significant turn this year when McEntire sang the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Expressing her gratitude for the opportunity, she revealed that Linn had been a supportive force in her decision to perform. Reflecting on her journey in the music industry over the past five decades, McEntire expressed her joy and appreciation for the milestone.
In her words, "I'm just so grateful for the opportunities that I've had, and to be able to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl is just a dream come true. I couldn't have done it without the support of my loved ones, especially Rex."
As Reba McEntire continues to make her mark in the music industry, her relationship with Rex Linn serves as a reminder of the power of enduring friendships and the beauty of finding love in unexpected places. Their story is a testament to the fact that sometimes, the best things in life are worth the wait.