One of the biggest names in country music, Reba McEntire, is making a big comeback- but not in the way that you would ever expect.
The country legend has been a well-adored star by her fans, friends, and family for as long as she’s been a household name. Never getting wrapped up in the chaos of Hollywood drama, Reba remained stable and lasting and gave fans an idea at what an inspiration in the entrainment world looked like. But tragically, Reba was not immune to the difficulties in relationships- more specifically, her marriage.
In 2015, Reba divorced from her husband of 26 years, Narvel Blackstock. The couple was a well-known name in Hollywood, and the news of their split sent was shocking- to say the least. Following the divorce, Reba confided in CMT’s Cody Alan and shared, “The divorce was not my idea. I didn’t want it in any shape, form or fashion. So, it was really hard to make the adjustment when someone’s not happy. I just want everybody to be happy in their lives because our lives are too short to be miserable.”
Following her difficult divorce, Reba channeled her heartbreak the best way she knew how: she made an album. The album, aptly titled “Stronger Than The Truth,” is filled with heartbreaking songs about the pain she endured during her divorce. But despite the heartache that finds itself in each song, Reba has officially moved on to a new love that has since filled her heart with love again.
In the most recent issue of PEOPLE, Reba shares that in the past year and a half, she’s found love again with “a soft-spoken retired oil geologist named Anthony ‘Skeeter’ Lasuzzo. And no one is more surprised than Reba!
In the issue, Reba shares, “I was not looking. Not even interested.” The star met her new partner while taking a girl’s trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Her friend had introduced her to Skeeter and after a couple of encounters, she found herself omitted by the surprise of Skeeter. Following her quick weekend trip, Reba made a week-long return where she spent nearly every day with him.
Reba, who wasn’t looking for love and didn’t think that she would find it again, wanted to make sure that she and Skeeter could be friends. But while she focused on that, stronger feelings emerged. Now, Reba is so excited to share, “We’re totally in love — absolutely! I wouldn’t put up with somebody for two years if I wasn’t in love with ’em!”
Reba was thrilled at the shock of finding love again. Having suffered through a difficult divorce, the thought of finding love for a second time was not expected. After two years with Skeeter, Reba is loving the feeling. “The old heart’s still beating,” she squealed. We are so happy for Reba!