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Dolly Parton Responds To Rumors: Sorry, But I’m Not Gay

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Dolly Parton has been the subject of several rumors over the years. The most persistent is that she’s secretly gay with her childhood friend Judy Ogle.

Well, Dolly addressed some of those rumors during a recent interview with Nightline. The country singer said that she loves Ogle as much as any other person in the world but insisted that they do not have a romantic relationship. Parton, who has been married for 46 years to Carl Dean, said that people just can’t seem to understand how two women can be so close without being in a sexual relationship.

Parton said:

“Like Gail, (Oprah’s) friend, and 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.”

Parton was a little more coy when it came to answering other questions about her love life. Parton may be in a loving marriage at the moment but she also has been accused of having a rather promiscuous past.

Parton said:

“I’ve… been accused of being involved with every man I’m ever seen with or worked with. Maybe I have, maybe I ain’t. I never tell if I have. But you know people always saying that.”

You can watch Dolly Parton’s full interview tonight on Nightline.

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16 Responses to “Dolly Parton Responds To Rumors: Sorry, But I’m Not Gay”

  1. Courtney Collins

    Don't have a doubt in my mind. If Dolly wanted to be a Lesbian, she would be. So be it. Is she? Rather doubtful. Get off and start helping little animals with no where to go. Please, Grow up.

  2. Paula Wallwash Kraber-Hunter

    Who cares if she is or isn't! She has amazing talents and is a smart business woman who pulled herself up from less than nothing. I would be proud to hold her up as a role model for my daughter no matter who she goes to bed with at night!

  3. Mike Brown

    In 1995 I use to do door to door sales for a cable company. When I was in Little Rock AR. I was told by a local ladie in her 60s that Hilary and Dolly Parton were lovers when they were young. Blew me away. No wonder Bill cheats.

  4. Dorothy M. Ray

    I was told by my grandmother growing up, clean up your own back yard. stay in your Lane. Keep your nose clean. If you can do that you are doing good. Love you Dollie keep doing what you do best.

  5. Marti Grubbs Crawford

    I wouldn't care if she was, but look at Chely Wright. She is an amazing Country singer and had a very lucrative career until she decided to come out as being gay. She predicted that the country music community would turn their back on her and they have done just that! So much for progress!

  6. David Brandenburg

    leave Dolly alone she's a good ole girl and was like a super hero to my mother, I'm not a country fan but I have always like Dolly's and Willie Nelson's music.

  7. Teri Jo

    I am very certain that Dolly Parton would open and honest about this. She has established a herself as a successful woman and nothing will tarnish her sweet image. I think this is probably a rumor started by some hopeful Lesbians.

  8. Teri Jo

    Mike Brown, Hillary probably would love that. But I think, if Dolly were a Lesbian, she could do a lot better than Hillary Clinton.

  9. Jennifer Angelini

    Who cares if she is or is not. She is famous, wealthy, and yet very humble overall. People will always be jealous of what they do not have.

  10. Darrin Cothran

    Gay people always think everyone else is also gay.

    It's more like wishful thinking.

    Seriously though, what difference would it make? If the Gay community wants to be treated with respect and equality, then why make such a big deal out of it all the time?

    Just let people be who they are.

  11. Darrin Cothran

    So……people are not free to choose who they listen to, and what music they buy on your planet?

    I don't see very many country music stars making a big deal out of being straight, why should she be praised for making such a big deal out of being gay?

    If it's just as "normal" either way, then why all the fuss?

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