Reba McEntire And Rex Linn: A Love Story That Began During The Pandemic
Reba McEntire opened up about the "very special relationship" she and Rex Linn have that started with a few texts and grew into a love story.
During the COVID-19 quarantines of the past year, country music star Reba McEntire has found love again with “CSI” actor Rex Linn.
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McEntire’s ‘Very Special Relationship’
The second season of her Spotify podcast Living & Learning with Reba McEntire came out on Monday. It featured McEntire and Linn talking about the “very special relationship” that they have built with one another in quarantine.
“It was important for me to include guests that would excite my listeners, and I think we have the perfect line-up this season. To be my guest for the first episode, I invited the very talented actor, Rex Linn, who just happens to be my boyfriend!” McEntire told People Magazine of the episode.
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“This is the first time we’ve had any kind of long-form public conversation, so I’m glad we could do that on this show,” she added. “I’m excited for people to get to know Rex the way I do and hear some of his amazing and funny stories. I think everyone will love it and love him as much as I do.”
McEntire And Linn Discuss Their Relationship
During their podcast episode, McEntire and Linn talked about their scheduled “coffee camp,” which the two would use to keep in touch with each other during their time apart.
“It was a very special relationship, us getting to know each other without any physical aspect to it at all,” McEntire said. “We’d talk in the morning, we started ‘Coffee Camp’ while I was staying in Oklahoma… We haven’t missed a ‘Coffee Camp’ since March 16.”
“I was in California, she was in Tennessee and sometimes my ‘Coffee Camp’ started at 3 a.m. but man I have never missed one; I don’t wanna miss one,” Linn replied.
On top of the coffee dates, Linn explained that he would send her food “a lot of times” as a way to connect with McEntire.
“It allowed us to develop an emotional intimacy through those months and weeks,” Linn said of their three-hour daily chats. “But I would send you food from all over the country cause I’m a foodie and you’re a foodie. I was thinking last night, what was your favorite food that I sent you?”
McEntire Bonded With Linn
McEntire bonded with Linn after her beloved mother was diagnosed with cancer last year. Her mom died in May of 2020.
“We had just found out that she has bladder cancer and you said ‘You just feel free to call me anytime you want to talk’ and I just quit texting and we’ve been talking ever since,” said McEntire.
McEntire had made a similar phone call to Linn when his mother died in the 1990s. At the time, the two of them were just friends, but Linn has never forgotten the call:
“In 1998, my mom passed away and the day that we buried her we went back to mom’s house… My sister walks up and says, ‘You got a phone call’ and I said, ‘Now, right now?’ And she said, ‘I think you probably want to take this,. So I went back in my old bedroom that I grew up in, sat on the bed and it was Reba. And she said, ‘I understand what you’re going through today. I just wanted to talk to you.’ We talked for about 25 minutes and I never forgot it.”
“It was amazing and it was uplifting. It was really special and little did I know 20 years later, 21 years later, I’d be doing the same thing with her… But I never forgot that. And that’s why I said to you, ‘If you ever want to talk, just give me a call.'”
We’re so glad to see that McEntire has found love again at this time in her life! Her relationship with Linn really does seem like a special one indeed.