One of the reasons Dolly Parton is so loved by pretty much everyone on the planet, besides her amazing music, is her honesty on topics other celebrities would usually keep mum about. In a new interview, Dolly opens up about gay rumors, Whitney Houston, her career and her new book.
Dolly, the richest and most popular country singer in the world, sat down for an interview with ABC’s Nightline, a segment of which is also embedded below, at the end of the article.
In this one, she talks about her song “I Will Always Love You” that Whitney took and made into a hit worldwide with “The Bodyguard,” her early beginnings and her husband of 46 years, Carl Dean, whom she describes as the love of her life.
As for rumors that Dean is just a front for her secret attraction to women, Dolly just laughs all that off, though she does admit she’s one of the fiercest and most fearless spokesperson for LGBT rights.
At one point, reports were saying that Dolly and her best friend Judy Ogle were secret lovers, and that she even talked to Oprah about it, since she too is said to be involved in a similar relationship.
“Like Gayle [King], her friend, Judy, my friend, they just think that you just can't be that close to somebody,” Dolly says in the interview, as cited by ABC.
“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,” she adds.
She is living proof that, no matter what she does, people will find something to gossip about. While said to be secretly gay, Dolly has also been linked to a myriad of more or less famous men, which, again, is false.
Or, if it isn’t, she isn’t saying.
“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,” she says.
Dolly Parton’s new memoir, “Dream More,” will be out in bookstores today, November 27, 2012.