Reba McEntire says her current boyfriend, actor Rex Linn, makes her feel like "giddy teenager again." During an interview with Good Morning America, McEntire said her new love is even having an impact on the types of songs she sings.
"I'm in love, so that really inspires me to find love songs, to find happy songs," McEntire said. "I've always been the queen of waltzes, the queen of sad songs, because I just gravitate to those kinds of songs."
McEntire revealed her relationship status on a the dating-themed episode of her Living & Learning With Reba McEntire podcast. She made her new love Instagram official on Oct. 19, 2020 by sharing a sweet photo with her "sugar tot."
Linn, age 64, was born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma City. He's a graduate of Oklahoma State University. Notable acting roles for Linn include appearances on the TV shows Better Call Saul, Nashville and Big Bang Theory spin-off Young Sheldon. He also appears in such Hollywood films as Wyatt Earp, Cliffhanger and Kevin Costner's The Postman.
To many fans, he's Sgt. Frank Tripp from the long-running CBS television series CSI: Miami.
McEntire told podcast co-host Melissa Peterman that she first went on a date with her fellow Oklahoman in January. "And then February on, it was the COVID pandemic, and we were talking, texting, FaceTime," McEntire adds. "And that's a really good way to get to know people."
Now they're "livin' the dream" (Linn's t-shirt says so) together, with Linn sharing the same photo with the best caption: "Angel on the ground (and on a cooler)."
From the sound of things, McEntire and Linn bonded over country music and popular TV series in a way that made their pandemic experiences way less lonely.
"It's good to have a person to talk to, laugh with, get into subjects about what's going on. 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," the Country Music Hall of Fame member continues. "It's just great getting to talk to somebody who I find very interesting, very funny, very smart and is interested in me, too."
Both have shared adorable social media posts about each other since then. For instance, on Jan. 5, Linn shared pictures of the couple's first movie date, which was a private screening at an AMC theater. He's also used pictures of McEntire and a cardinal as an excuse to say he'd seen two beautiful redheads during his latest trip to the creek.
Things got quirkier in May when Peterman shared a photo of herself in a bird costume, chatting with Linn and McEntire while the couple held hands.
The lovebirds would've crossed paths at least a couple of times well before the pandemic. McEntire so-starred on Young Sheldon not too long ago, and Linn emceed the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum's 59th annual Western Heritage Awards (held in OKC in April 2019). During the ceremony, McEntire's rodeo-riding father Clark was inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners and singer Michael Martin Murphey earned a Lifetime Achievement Award.