Reba McEntire Snaps Selfie with Boyfriend Rex Linn and Poncho the Donkey

by Joe Rutland

Country music singer-songwriter Reba McEntire wanted to play equal opportunity photographer on her land on Sunday with her donkey Poncho.

Apparently, Poncho “heard” about McEntire and her boyfriend, veteran actor Rex Linn, spending some time with another of her animals.

He had some hurt feelings, so the photo McEntire shared with the world is of herself, Linn, and Poncho gathered together.

In the Instagram post, McEntire makes a reference to not telling Lefty (it’s not clear whether or not she has another animal named Lefty).

But the reference is to the song “Pancho and Lefty,” first written and recorded by Townes Van Zandt. It was covered by Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. Obviously, she named her donkey Poncho with a different spelling by one letter.

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Now McEntire has kept busy by appearing in CBS’ “Young Sheldon,” which is a spin-off of the network’s popular “Big Bang Theory.” While on the set, she reconnected with Linn who was guest-starring in some episodes, too.

“I met him in 1991 when we were doing Kenny Rogers’ movie ‘The Gambler,'” McEntire said in a recent episode of her podcast, “Living & Learning With Reba McEntire.” “We were both on that in 1991. And we’ve kept in contact with each other over the years. We both know the same people.”

Back in 1991, she was married to her then-manager, Narvel Blackstock. They separated in 2015. She started dating Anthony “Skeeter” Lasuzzo in 2017, yet that ended in late 2019.

But when COVID-19 hit, McEntire found some spare time on her hands to get to know her now-love interest after they reconnected as friends pre-quarantine.

“So it was just like good friends getting back together having dinner in January, and then we started texting and talking on the telephone, getting to know each other better during the quarantine,” McEntire recounts.

McEntire Celebrates Anniversary Of Another No. 1 Hit

Earlier in December, McEntire hit a 10-year anniversary for her 35th No. 1 hit single, “Turn on the Radio.”

The fun, upbeat song entertained audiences back when it was released in 2010.

Songwriters Cherie Oakley, Mark Oakley, and J.P. Twang are the inventors behind the song. Their tune wowed McEntire as soon as it was written.

“The song started with just a simple idea: a strong woman who had been done wrong by her man. And now he wants to get back in touch,” Oakley told The Boot. “We all sat down one morning in May in our home studio. And Mark began playing a riff on his guitar. This really set the stage for the entire attitude of the song. With that and the basic idea, it just all started flowing out of us. Different melody ideas and lyrics just came pouring out.”

The trio wanted to write something that was fun, upbeat, and inspiring. Reba McEntire connected with the song’s material almost immediately and wanted to record it.

“This song had only been completed a matter of days when Reba’s people stumbled upon it,” Oakley continued. “Reba actually called and asked me personally if she could cut the song. She is such a brilliant artist, who has influenced me and so many others in so many ways. It truly was a surreal experience. When I said yes, she was so excited! She said, ‘You have made my day, Cherie.’ I was like, ‘No, YOU have made MY day!’”

And the rest, as they say, is country music history.

H/T: Taste of Country