How Rex Linn Helped Reba Cope After Her Mom’s Death

Photo of Reba McEntire and Rex Linn.


Rex Linn was Reba McEntire’s rock during tough times.

Many Reba McEntire fans don’t know that after the country music superstar lost her momma, she came close to quitting singing for good.

“Oh I didn’t want to (sing). I told my little sister Susie when we were working at the house, I said, ‘I don’t know if I want to sing anymore.’ She said, ‘Why?’ I said, ‘Because I always sang for Mama,’” McEntire said on Tuesday during an appearance on TODAY .

However, while grieving, a beacon of support came into Reba’s life – her boyfriend, Rex Linn. Rex has been there helping Reba navigate the tough times. Sharing life’s highs and lows with someone can significantly ease the burden, and for Reba, Rex was that pillar of strength and positivity.

When you have somebody to share the grief with, when you have somebody to share the fun (and) the sad times, it’s always so much better,” she said. “And Rex is a very uplifting, positive man, and I love him with all my heart.”

Photo of Reba McEntire singing.
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Reba’s moments with her mother when she was a kid.

Reba’s mother, Jacqueline McEntire, passed away in 2020 at the age of 93 and as you can imagine, it’s not been easy for Reba without her momma.

“Mama was the one that inspired us kids, taught us kids how to sing, took us to our singing gigs and was our biggest cheerleader,” she said. “We didn’t have radio in the car. It was four kids in the backseat, rough-housing and, you know, Mama would get us to sing to pass the time. We were the singing McEntires.”

Jacqueline’s influence on Reba’s music was major, according to the country music superstar. “I always sang for Mama,” Reba confessed. Reba recalled her mother had once dreamed of a singing career herself and ended up seeing that dream realized through her daughter.

Reba’s “Seven Minutes in Heaven” tribute to her mother.

While grappling with her grief, Reba’s newest song, “Seven Minutes in Heaven,” became a tribute to her mother. Released on October 7th, 2023, Reba poured her heart out on the song and folks couldn’t help but cry when they watched it. It’s super emotional and heartfelt.

For fans, Reba’s discussion about her mother’s influence and the immense support from Rex Linn just shows the power of love, relationships, passion, and country music. As we look forward to more from Reba, it’s good to know that she’s surrounded by love.

Watch the full video of Reba’s “Seven Minutes in Heaven” song below.

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