Married Dolly Parton has denied she’s gay after being dogged by years of rumours that she is secretly dating her best friend, Judy Ogle.
In an interview with The Sun, the 73-year-old, who has been married to Carl Dean, 76, for five decades, Dolly said ‘all good publicity is good publicity’ but it’s not true.
She said: ‘So people say that, because you can’t really have a great relationship with a woman. I’m not gay but I have so many gay friends and I accept everybody for who they are.
Dolly has been friends with Judy since they were kids, for 64 years in fact, and she regularly refers to her as her ‘girlfriend’ and says they are like ‘sisters.’
But she compares their closeness to Oprah Winfrey, 65, and her best friend, Gayle King, as they have also been falsely linked.
She said: ‘Well, people love to talk, people love to gossip. They’ve said that about Oprah but it’s not true.
Adding: ‘People love to talk, but sometimes that’s your best publicity. I don’t care what they say as long as they don’t hurt other people I love.’
Dolly and her husband have always kept a low profile, and she says she loves that she’s a gay icon, but there’s nothing more to it than that.
The iconic singer previously spoke to USA Today about her husband, saying he isn’t a huge fan of her songs and has only seen her perform live a few times.
She said: ‘He’s not necessarily one of the biggest fans of my music. He’s proud of me and he loves that I love what I do but … It’s a touchy subject.
‘I’m like his little girl and he worries about that.
And talking about what makes their relationship work, Dolly gave some insights.
She said: ‘The fact that we like each other, we respect each other, we’ve always had a good time. He’s crazy and I’m crazy. We laugh a lot and I think that’s the healthiest and most precious part of our relationship.’