The legendary Dolly Parton sat down with Nightline to discuss her new memoir, Dream More, and in typical Dolly style, no subject was taboo and no punches were pulled: from aging with breast implants (her “girls” are doing just fine) to those insistent gay rumors.
Long linked with childhood friend Judy Ogle, Dolly’s been able to commiserate with another gal pal plagued by lesbian rumors, Oprah Winfrey.
“Like Gayle [King], her friend, Judy, my friend, they just think that you just can’t be that close to somebody,” Parton said. “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.”
The 66-year-old country superstar also talks about the time she entered a drag queen look-alike contest…and lost.
“They had a bunch of Chers and Dollys that year, so I just over-exaggerated — made my beauty mark bigger, the eyes bigger, the hair bigger, everything,” she said. “All these beautiful drag queens had worked for weeks and months getting their clothes. So I just got in the line and I just walked across, and they just thought I was some little short gay guy.. but I got the least applause.”
A staunch supporter of LGBT rights, Dolly holds an annual “Gay Day” at her Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, which raised the ire of the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.
“When it first started there were people giving us threats, I still get threats,” Parton said. “But like I said, I’m in business. I just don’t feel like I have to explain myself. I love everybody.”