In the wake of Closer Weekly exclusively revealing that Reba McEntire split from her boyfriend of two years, Anthony “Skeeter” Lasuzzo, a source close to the country music icon has opened up about what led to the breakup.
“Skeeter is a great guy,” a friend admitted to Closer in the magazine’s latest issue, on newsstands now. “But her busy schedule and Skeeter’s way of life — he’s retired — just didn’t mesh very well. At the end of the day, they decided it wasn’t a match made in heaven, as they both initially thought. [The breakup] was amicable.”
In 2015, the “Fancy” singer was caught completely off guard when her second husband, Narvel Blackstock, asked her for a divorce after 26 years together. Following Narvel’s betrayal, the red-haired beauty’s fans hoped she would find love again.
It wasn’t until she introduced Skeeter, a retired geologist and wildlife photographer, that her life would be turned upside down. Besides enjoying outdoor time at his homes in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Pottsboro, Texas, they also took lavish trips to Africa, Iceland and Italy.
“She’s fine being single right now,” says the friend. “Yes, she would like to find love again. She definitely wants to grow old with someone by her side, but she says she’s taking a little break.”
Even though she is mourning the end of her and Skeeter’s love story, Reba — who was also married to first husband Charlie Battles from 1976 until 1987 — is optimistic about the future. “She has no regrets. Skeeter showed her that love is always around the corner,” the friend tells Closer.
But even though some weren’t totally surprised considering the former pair mostly lived separate lives, others were thrown for a loop.
“I thought they were perfect together; everyone did,” says a second insider. “I’m shocked that this happened.”
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