Reba McEntire has been getting real on her new Spotify podcast, Living and Learning with Reba McEntire.
In a recent episode, the country music star shared that she's found new love in the middle of a global pandemic.
Her new beau is none other than CSI Miami star, Rex Linn.
2020 has felt like anything but a fairytale, but for Reba McEntire and CSI Miami star, Rex Linn, it’s managed to become just that.
In the episode, Reba revealed that she and Rex shared their first date back at the beginning of the year and then the pandemic hit in February.
Given Rex’s Instagram following is notably less than Reba’s, it’s understandable that this budding romance stayed mostly hidden from fans until Reba announced it on her podcast. Nevertheless, when scrolling back to January 23 of this year, users will find none other than a snap of Reba and Rex—who is 63 years old—on what we can assume to be one of the couple’s first dates.
“Had a fantastic dinner with this Oklahoma girl,” he captioned the post, in which the two looked quite cozy. “Tater Tots and Ketchup included.”
A post shared by Rex Linn (@rexlinn13) on Jan 23, 2020 at 10:16am PST
Of course, fans were quick to show their support for the new couple. One fan commented, "Loving this match!!" while another added, "I so happy for the both of you.😀😀"
Another fan offered a not-so-subtle warning to Rex (but it was all in good fun, of course!)—"Treat our mama Reba good. She has cyber kids to and we will get you! #kidding 😂😂😂 Best wishes to you guys!"
While it can be difficult to find new connections during quarantine, Reba and Rex found a way. “We were talking, texting, FaceTime,” she said. “And that's a really good way to get to know people.”
Beyond allowing the two to connect genuinely, Reba and Rex’s first date was able to bloom into so much more. And, she says his presence in her life has been a source of security during this truly crazy time.
"It's good to have a person to talk to, laugh with, get into subjects about what's going on,” the 65-year-old singer admitted. “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. It's just great getting to talk to somebody who I find very interesting, very funny, very smart, and is interested in me, too."
In a recent appearance on Good Morning America, Reba also shared that Rex makes her feel like a "giddy teenager again," and went on to gush about the amazing effect he has had on her music: "I'm in love, so that really inspires me to find love songs, to find happy songs. I've always been the queen of waltzes, the queen of sad songs, because I just gravitate to those kinds of songs."
Needless to say, we couldn’t be happier for Reba and Rex. Though it’s worth noting, we could have experienced this joy all the way back in January had we had our eyes on the right places!
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