Love seems to be going well for Reba McEntire. The country music legend and actor Rex Linn have been together since the beginning of the year 2020, and they still seem to be deeply in love with each other.
McEntire talked about how she and Linn met on Live With Kelly and Ryan, during which she beamed from ear to ear. She also shared the news that the pair had known one other since 1991 but hadn’t dated until fate brought them together on the set of the hit sitcom Young Sheldon.
“I had gone down to LA to shoot Young Sheldon right before the epidemic, in January of 2020,” McEntire said. “Well, a dear friend of mine, Rex Linn, who I’d met in ’91 on The Gambler movie with Kenny Rogers, was also doing Young Sheldon. Now he’s all like, “Hey,” texting me. In other words, you’re going to Los Angeles. I agreed to a dinner invitation since I thought it sounded like fun.
McEntire and Linn were going to have dinner at a restaurant named Mistral, and they were going to be joined by a number of other individuals, including her tour manager Marne J. McLyman, her Reba co-star and good friend Melissa Peterman, and the showrunner of Young Sheldon, Steven Molaro. Nonetheless, McEntire had other ideas. As it turned out, she planned to take use of her opportunity to spend time with Linn privately. When she finally reached Mistral, she decided to make a break for it.
I get dropped off by Marne. She makes a pit stop at the valet. When the door opens, I quickly exit. In a hurry, I ditch her and enter. When I run into Rex, we embrace. I exclaim, “Oh!” We haven’t seen each other in forever! After McEntire’s confession, co-host Kelly Ripa asked, “So you two had a moment together? ”
McEntire joked, “Mhmm, and I saddled up to him,” as the group traveled from Mistral to a wine bar to get to know one other better. They became close enough that each one discovered the preferences and habits of the other.
‘I know you guys have already had dinner,’ the worker lady added. However, light refreshments are available. What do you have, I asked. “She said the words “Tater Tots.”
Who Is Rex Linn?
Famous for his role as Frank Tripp on CSI: Miami, American actor Rex Linn has also appeared in a number of other films and television shows. He has the same rural values as Reba. Even though he was born in Spearman, Texas, he spent the vast majority of his formative years in Oklahoma City. He got his education at Oklahoma State.
He started out as an actor while also working in investment banking and the oil business. In the film Night Game, co-starring Roy Scheider, he made his first significant cinematic appearance as Floyd Epps. After that, he uprooted to Hollywood in search of more prominent playing roles.
How They Met
Long ago in 1991, on the set of The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw, Reba and Rex first encountered one other. Both have maintained contact throughout the years, and their social circles overlap extensively.
They decided to get dinner together in January of 2020 and sparks ignited. Reba said on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, “We’ve maintained in touch with each other over the years, and we both know the same people, so it was just like dear friends getting back together eating dinner in January.” The two became closer after Reba’s mother passed away. A public Instagram post from 2020 October revealed their relationship to the world. Their nicknames for each other are “Tater Tot” and “Sugar Tot.”
The 54th Country Music Association Awards in November of 2020 was the couple’s first major public appearance together. They went to the Oscars in March of 2022 as a pair.
They made an appearance together at an event Reba hosted to raise money for cancer research called Gateway Celebrity Fight Night. On her Instagram page, Reba shared the news. Reba’s dress, a figure-hugging velvet gown, went for $120,000 at auction, and the event raised $5 million. Rex appears to be her lucky talisman.
What the Future Holds
Reba revealed to Extra that the two have discussed getting married. We have joked and discussed this at length.
Time will tell if the pair decides to tie the knot, although they joked about having separate ceremonies at 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, and 8:00 because they have so many friends, acquaintances, and relatives. Whatever the case may be, they have our support.
In her lifetime, Reba has tied the knot twice. Charlie Battles, a champion in the sport of steer wrestling, was her first husband. Reba tied the knot with Narvel Blackstock, her manager, in 1989. In 2015, they decided to end their marriage, and the divorce was finalized.
Reba became stepmother to Narvel’s three children, Chassida, Shawna, and Brandon, when she married him. In 2013, Brandon Blackstock wed Kelly Clarkson. Reba and Narvel’s son is called Shelby Blackstock. For a living, Shelby drives fast cars in races.