Reba McEntire Sits Down With Boyfriend Rex Linn in First Episode of Season 2 Podcast, ‘Living & Learning’

by Jim Casey
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Reba McEntire kicked off Season 2 of her Spotify podcast, Living & Learning With Reba McEntire, on October 25.

Season 2: Episode 1 features Reba sitting down with her squeeze, actor Rex Linn, for a candid conversation about relationships, long-distance dating, acting, and more. In fact, during the premiere episode, Reba and Rex share how the deaths of their mothers—more than 20 years apart—brought them closer together.

“Season 1 reminded me how much I love just sitting and talking with people,” said Reba to Outsider. “There’s something very refreshing about slowing down and connecting. I learned from every person I spoke with, and Season 2 is already proving to be just as exciting and educational for me. I invite all my listeners to come join and learn with us.”

The Country Music Hall of Fame member launched Season 1 of her podcast in 2020 with an array of guests, including Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, Kristin Chenoweth, Chrissy Metz, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Karamo Brown, and more.

Season 2 includes conversations with Rex, Trisha Yearwood, Lady A, and more. New episodes will drop every Monday via Spotify.

Reba Chats Rex

Reba and Rex went on their first date in January 2020, shortly before the pandemic hit. However, the pandemic forced the pair into a long-distance courtship that included a lot of texting and daily talks over coffee, which they dubbed “Coffee Camp.”

“It was a very special relationship, us getting to know each other without any physical aspect to it at all,” said Reba during Episode 1. “We’d talk in the morning, we started ‘Coffee Camp’ while I was staying in Oklahoma . . . We haven’t missed a ‘Coffee Camp’ since March 16 [2020].”

“When she says we haven’t missed a ‘Coffee Camp,’ we have never missed a ‘Coffee Camp’ since we started,” added Rex. “I was in California, she was in Tennessee, and sometimes my ‘Coffee Camp’ started at 3 a.m., but man, I have never missed one. I don’t wanna miss one.”

Feel Free to Call

Reba and Rex initially met in 1991, when they both had roles in Kenny Rogers’ made-for-TV movie, The Gambler Returns. They reconnected on the phone when Reba’s mother, Jacqueline, was diagnosed with bladder cancer, before passing away in March 2020.

“It was later on that I was texting you about Mama,” added Reba McEntire during the new episode. “We had just found out that she has bladder cancer and you said, ‘You just feel free to call me anytime you want to talk.’ And I just quit texting and we’ve been talking ever since.”

“Let me just add to that,” said Rex. “In 1998, my mom passed away and the day that we buried her we went back to mom’s house . . . my sister walks up and says, ‘You got a phone call,’ and I said, ‘Now, right now?’ And she said, ‘I think you probably want to take this.’ So I went back in my old bedroom that I grew up in, sat on the bed and it was Reba. And she said, ‘I understand what you’re going through today. I just wanted to talk to you.’

“We talked for about 25 minutes and I never forgot it. It was amazing and it was uplifting. It was really special and little did I know 20 years later, 21 years later, I’d be doing the same thing with her. But I never forgot that. And that’s why I said to you, ‘If you ever want to talk just give me a call.'”

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