In a report from ABC News, Country music legend and actress Dolly Parton refutes allegations she is gay. The star recently spoke with the network’s “Nightline” show about everything from her love life to building her entertainment empire. The full story will appear on “Nightline” tonight at 11:35 p.m. ET.
Parton, 66, has written her memoir, “Dream More,” which will be released today. In it she talks about her childhood in Sevierville, TN where she grew up poor in a cabin she shared with her 11 siblings.
When asked about her signature look, including the big, blonde hair, high heels and bright red lipstick, Parton explains she patterned herself after the town trollop because as a child, she thought she was just beautiful.
Dolly has been linked to dozens of men throughout her career but one of the most dogged rumors has been about her gay relationship with childhood friend Judy Ogle. The award winning singer denies a homosexual relationship and claims she and talk show host Oprah Winfrey bonded over shared experiences in the tabloids. Dolly has been married to Carl Dean, her husband, for 46 years.
Parton’s exact words are:
“Like Gail, her friend, Judy, my friend, they just think that you just can’t be that close to somebody. Judy and I have been best friends since we were like in the third and fourth grade… We still just have a great friendship and relationship and I love her as much as I love anybody in the whole world, but we’re not romantically involved.”
Though not gay herself, Parton is a staunch supporter of gay rights. In her theme park, Dollywood, she hosts a “Gay Day” which brought unwanted attention and even threats from the Ku Klux Klan. Dolly is undaunted. She loves everybody.
Parton plans to be around until she can’t get up in the morning, promising to follow Mae West’s lead and sit in a wheelchair with her high heels on if she has to.
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