Reba McEntire makes red carpet debut after confirming recent breakup at CMA Awards 2019

Reba McEntire is back on the red carpet Wednesday, joining fellow country music stars Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton to host the 2019 Country Music Association Awards.  

But, unlike other events in the past two years, she'll spend the evening without her ex-boyfriend, Anthony "Skeeter" Lasuzzo. McEntire confirmed her split with Lasuzzo, a retired oil tycoon, earlier this month. The couple had dated for two years after meeting during a vacation in Jackson Hole, Wyo., in 2017.

The singer took the red carpet in a gem-studded black dress, posing with her co-hosts before the awards began. 


McEntire's relationship with Lasuzzo began one year after she finalized her divorce from Narvel Blackstock, a musician and country music manager.

The couple was married for 26 years they share a son together, race car driver Shelby Blackstock. McEntire spoke candidly about the divorce after it was finalized, telling Country Living it was "not my idea."

"I didn't want it in any shape, form or fashion. So it was really hard to make the adjustment when someone's not happy," McEntire said in 2016

In addition to co-hosting this year's CMA Awards, McEntire will also participate in the show's all-female opening performance, which will also feature country music stars such as Martina McBride and Maren Morris.