Reba McEntire, the Queen of Country, has captured our hearts with her incredible talent and beauty. She’s not only one of the best-selling artists of all time, but also a record producer and actress. But behind her success, Reba has faced her fair share of challenges and losses.
A Life Filled with Triumphs and Tragedies
Reba’s career skyrocketed in the late 1970s and early 1980s, earning her the title of “best singer” four years in a row by the Country Music Association. She even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a testament to her immense talent.
However, life hasn’t always been easy for Reba. In 2014, she suffered a devastating loss when her father, Clark McEntire, passed away. He was not only her father but also her biggest supporter throughout her life and career. To honor him, Reba released the heartfelt ballad “Just Like Them Horses” in her 2015 album, Love Somebody, which she also performed at his funeral.
Tragically, Reba had to say goodbye to her beloved mother as well, just a few years later. Jacqueline McEntire lost her battle with cancer in March 2020 at the age of 93. Reba paid tribute to her mother’s strength, stating, “The cancer might think it won the battle, but we’re giving God all the credit on selecting the time for her to go home to Him.”
Finding Solace in Faith
Through the darkest times, Reba has always turned to her strong Christian faith to help her cope with her grief. When her mother passed away, she admitted that she would have lost her mind if it hadn’t been for God. She believes that sometimes God allows us to hit rock bottom so we can cry out for His help. Reba’s unshakable faith has been her anchor during these difficult moments.
The Unexpected Divorce and a Fresh Start
In 2015, Reba faced yet another heartbreak when she and her husband of 26 years, Narvel Blackstock, announced their divorce. Narvel had been her manager and a vital part of her business team. Suddenly, Reba found herself in uncharted territory, forced to handle her own affairs and make tough decisions.
She found solace in God once again, relying on Him to guide her through the challenges of rebuilding her life. With faith and determination, Reba weathered the storm and emerged stronger than ever.
New Love Blooms
After navigating through a tough few years, Reba eventually found happiness once again. She dated former businessman and wildlife photographer, Anthony “Skeeter” Lasuzzo. Although their romance brought joy into her life, it wasn’t meant to last, and the couple decided to part ways after two years.
But love found its way back to Reba’s heart during the COVID-19 pandemic. She started dating actor Rex Linn, known for his role as Sgt. Frank Tripp on CSI: Miami. In her own podcast, Reba shared how they got to know each other through virtual conversations during the lockdown. Their connection grew stronger with every conversation, as they discovered their shared interests, humor, and intelligence.
As Reba looks to the future with hope and excitement, she feels grateful for the stability and happiness she has found with Rex. Together, they embark on a journey filled with love and endless possibilities.
Embracing Happiness and Spreading Joy
Reba McEntire, a true country music legend, has faced her fair share of trials and tribulations. But through it all, she has always found a way to overcome and thrive, thanks to her unwavering faith and zest for life.
We are grateful for Reba’s beautiful and graceful heart, which she shares through her inspiring music. Let’s celebrate this incredible artist and share her story with all the Reba fans we know. May she continue to bring joy to our hearts for years to come.