Reba McEntire has so much to be thankful for this year. The 68-year-old is still busier than ever, including releasing her Not That Fancy: Simple Lessons on Living, Loving, Eating, and Dusting Off Your Boots book, which landed on the New York Times Best-Seller List.
She also has a hit single at radio, with “Seven Minutes in Heaven,” is enjoying her first season as a coach on The Voice, and happens to be madly in love with her boyfriend, Rex Linn, whom she has been dating since early 2020.
“I wake up in the morning grateful that I’m alive, I can breathe, I can move, I can get out of bed on my own,” McEntire tells her record label. “[I’m] very grateful for the lifestyle that I have and if anybody needs help, please Lord please, direct me in what you want me to do. Just grateful for getting Rex in my life, my family being healthy and happy, my friends being healthy and happy.
“I’ve got a great job and people I love and get to work with, and I’ve got a huge faith,” she adds. “So, no matter what happens to me, I know where I’m going, so I’m a happy camper.”
McEntire is especially grateful for her time on The Voice. After doing a lot in her career, including TV shows, Broadway, movies and more, being on the reality TV talent show is a refreshing change, and challenge, for her.
“It is a different part of me coming out because it’s non-scripted,” McEntire told Everything Nash and other outlets during a recent virtual media event. “It is. You just go have fun, which I like to do that. And cutting up with Niall and Gwen and John, and jabbing them and doing that competitive thing, it is just hysterical. And they come up with some of the funniest skits for us to get to do. So it just brought out my personality that a lot of people haven’t seen. If you see a concert, you’ll see a little bit of it. It’s just me being a me.”
Of course, McEntire is enjoying her time with Linn as well, and unexpected relationship that began right before the pandemic shut the world down.
“We didn’t see each other again [that year] until June 16,” McEntire said on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. “So it was telephones, Zooms, texting, so we got to really know each other before it was any physical contact.”
The Voice airs on Monday and Tuesday nights at 8:00 PM ET on NBC. Find McEntire’s new book, and all of her music and upcoming shows, at Reba.com.