Reba McEntire is opening up about finding love in her 60s.
After more than 40 years churning out hits, the 64-year-old star is showing no signs of slowing down, or giving back her crown as one of the biggest names in country music.
“I feel 35, maybe 40,” McEntire told People. “Used to be 60 years and one foot was in the grave. Now, maybe 85 is one foot, maybe 95. My momma’s 92. She still drives herself. She still lives by herself. She’s spunky. She’s frisky.”
With her new album “Stronger Than the Truth,” a plan in the works to return to television and a gig hosting the Academy of Country Music Awards, McEntire’s life is busier than ever. However, thanks to her boyfriend of two years, Anthony “Skeeter” Lasuzzo, McEntire’s life is also filled with the unexpected joy of finding love.
“I was not looking. Not even interested.” McEntire said of meeting Lasuzzo, a 70-year-old widower and acclaimed wildlife photographer, during a 2017 trip to Jackson Hole, Wy.
The relationship grew slowly, but McEntire knew it was the real deal. “We’re totally in love, absolutely,” she revealed. “I wouldn’t put up with somebody for two years if I wasn’t in love with ‘em! The old heart’s still beating.”
The “Reba” star also shared how she stays active, revealing, “I don’t like to be bored,” she shared. “If I’m at home by myself, I can take apart a closet, clean out a drawer, just find something to do, or just get outside on my porch swing and read a book or play a game on my phone.”
Despite staying in constant motion, McEntire admits it’s not as easy to keep her trim figure.
“Watch what I eat, get plenty of rest, drink lots of water,” she said. “And it’s a chore. I used to be able to drop 10 pounds in a week by getting off fried foods and bread, and now it just takes so much.”
As for her diet approach? “I don’t count calories,” she said. “I might have to start that because it just does not fall off, and I need it to fall off because I’m getting ready for the ACMs and then touring.”