Did Reba McEntire Break Up With Boyfriend Skeeter Lasuzzo?
Reba McEntire is a living legend. Beloved as a country singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress, McEntire is adored by fans for her off-the-charts talent and down-to-earth personality. Scheduled to host this year’s Country Music Awards with Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton, the music mogul may be attending the ceremony solo since it looks like she called it quits with her boyfriend of two years.
Met through friends
McEntire split from husband Narvel Blackstock (who also happens to be Kelly Clarkson’s father-in-law) in 2015 after 26 years of marriage. The two have a son, Shelby. While parting ways was difficult, McEntire was looking ahead and leaning on her faith. “People always ask me, ‘What are you going to do next?’ Well, I dunno; God hasn’t told me yet,” Reba told Nash Country Weekly. “God is my manager, my tour manager, my scheduler, everything, and He’ll come up with the greatest things.”
The country legend met Anthony Lasuzzo, who goes by the name Skeeter, in 2017. The two were introduced in Jackson Hole, Wyoming by friends Barbara and Kix Brooks, who is the ‘Brooks’ of the band Brooks & Dunn. “[They said] we’ve got a friend who is a wildlife photographer, and he knows all the good places to go and he’ll drive you around,” Reba told CountryLiving.com. “And so he did, and we started dating about a month or two after that.”
McEntire took it slow with the retired oil geologist, where the romance gradually bloomed. “I was not looking,” she said, according to People. “Not even interested.” The relationship seemed to be going running on all cylinders earlier this year. “We’re totally in love — absolutely,” she told People in April. “I wouldn’t put up with somebody for two years if I wasn’t in love with ’em!”
Confirming a split
The music icon recently confirmed to Us Weekly that she and Lasuzzo have ended their relationship. “Skeeter and I broke up in May, so, unfortunately, we will not be spending that time together,” McEntire said on October 30. “We still talk and we’re friends, but just decided to go our separate ways.”
Closer Weekly also reported on the breakup, revealing that a source said the split was due to McEntire’s “busy schedule and Skeeter’s way of life — he’s retired — just didn’t mesh very well.”
McEntire had previously commented that Lasuzzo handled her celebrity status quite well due to his years of professional experience. “He was in oil and gas and he gave speeches and talks and dealt with the public, and so he understands a lot more than someone else might not be able to,” McEntire said. “It came natural for him.”
People reports that Lasuzzo is a widower who was previously married to Marolyn Tyler Lasuzzo, who died in 2013 after a seven-year battle with breast cancer at the age of 65. The couple shared four children — daughters Holli, Tyler and Kristi and son Blake — and five grandchildren.
Looking ahead to the CMAs
McEntire is now preparing for her performance at the CMAs, where she’ll serve as host along with Parton and Underwood. This year’s theme is dedicated to women in country music. McEntire plans to sing “Fancy,” revealing that she wants scope of her performance to be a “big surprise.” “The show isn’t over until ‘Fancy’ has been performed,” McEntire said, according to USA Today.
The singer-songwriter is relishing the idea of hosting with her fellow country legends. “We’re way ahead of the game. We’re in the thick of things and really excited about it. We are three females who enjoy the glitz and the glitter,” McEntire said. “It’s going to be very entertaining for the audience and for us. I’m just going to go out and have fun with these gals. I know the audience will be kind of leaning forward, seeing what’s going to be said next.”
The 53rd Annual Country Music Awards airs on ABC on November 13.