Reba McEntire is set to take center stage at this year’s Super Bowl to deliver a powerful rendition of the national anthem— but it wasn’t actually her who said yes to the job offer.
During an exclusive interview with CBS Mornings, McEntire shared that it was her boyfriend, Rex Linn, who played a major role in her decision to take on the prestigious opportunity. McEntire’s manager initially delivered the incredible news over a phone call, in which Reba was going to take some time to think about the offer.
“He said that they wanted me to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, and I said ‘Oh my gosh. Well, let me think about that.’”
However, her boyfriend, who she says is a huge football fan, eagerly intervened while overhearing the conversation, giving a very different response.
“And Rex Linn, my boyfriend, who is a huge football fan, he said, ‘Yes, she’ll do it, absolutely.’ So that’s where we’re at.”
McEntire and Linn had been friends for many years before they started their romantic relationship. Despite being friends for decades, the pair decided to take the chance and began dating in 2020.
This performance will be Reba McEntire’s debut at the Super Bowl, but it won’t be her first time performing the national anthem live. The country icon has showed off her talents by singing the national anthem on several occasions in the past, with her first time dating back to 1974 at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma.
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— Reba McEntire (@reba) January 18, 2024
The NFL has also announced a star-studded lineup along McEntire. Grammy-nominated rapper Post Malone is set to perform “America the Beautiful,” while Grammy Award-winning singer Andra Day will sing a rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Additionally, the NFL revealed earlier last year that Usher will be this year’s Super Bowl Halftime performer.