7:56 pm - 11/28/2012

Dolly Parton Talks Lesbian Rumors, Plastic Surgery, and Looking Like the Town Tramp

No, Dolly Parton hasn't been living a lie for the last 46 years. On Monday night's "Nightline," the country icon, who has been married to the rarely seen Carl Dean since 1966, addressed rumors that she's gay, rumors that have stemmed from her close relationship with longtime best friend Judy Ogle.

"Judy and I have been best friends since we were like in the third and fourth grade," she says in the interview with Juju Chang. "I mean, I love her as much as I love anybody in the whole world, but we're not romantically involved."

The rumors are similar to those that have dogged Oprah Winfrey regarding her relationship with her BFF Gayle King. Parton notes she and Winfrey have laughed about the false reports.

"We do talk about that Gayle, her friend; Judy, my friend. They just think that you just can't be that close to somebody," she explains.

Despite the fact that many celebs who tie the knot at a young age end up divorcing, Parton and husband Dean, who were 20 and 24 respectively when they wed are still together, in part because he tends to stay out of the spotlight. "He's proud of me. He's just basically shy about things like that. He doesn't like crowds," she said on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 2010. "And I respect his privacy. I respect the fact that he loves to be out of the limelight. That's one of the reasons I think we've lasted so long."

The couple met the day Parton arrived in Nashville in 1964. "I wasn't a star then, so I've never had to worry that he loves me because I'm a star and I've got money or make money or whatever. I know he loves me for me, and that means a lot to me," she shared during the same interview with Winfrey.

Parton was candid about plenty of other topics during this week's "Nightline" interview, which took place at her Tennessee theme park Dollywood. When asked if she indeed originally modeled herself after the "town tramp," Parton gave a resounding yes.

"That is an absolute truth. She was beautiful. I had never seen anybody with the yellow hair all piled up, and the red lipstick, and the rouge, and the high heel shoes," she admits. "And I thought, that is what I want to look like."

The singer and actress has also never hidden the fact that she's undergone multiple rounds of plastic surgery over the years, explaining, "I think you should do it if it's gonna make you feel better."

As for how her implants are doing: "I don't think they age," Parton laughs. "My girls are doing pretty good."

And at 66, Parton is still going strong, dedicating some of her time to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, a literacy program started in honor of her father, who never learned to read or write. The nonprofit has given out 40 million books.

As for retirement, she's not planning on it. "I will never retire unless I had to," Parton insists. "As long as I'm able to get up in the morning, get that makeup on, get those high heels on. Even if I can't wear the high heels, if I'm not able to wear 'em, I'm going to do like Mae West and sit in a wheelchair with my high heels on and have somebody wheel me around."


the queen of country and executive producer of buffy tyfyt

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enamored 29th-Nov-2012 04:05 am (UTC)
i love her.
cricketgrl 29th-Nov-2012 04:55 am (UTC)
I love how she slams them on Fox&Friends. It's like FOX News are self cutters, they keep inviting her back on the show already knowing she's liberal. She also seems to go on there to slam then on their views lol.
chrismakkuh 29th-Nov-2012 04:07 am (UTC)
Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, my country HBIC's.

anydoppelganger 29th-Nov-2012 04:22 am (UTC)
goddesses <3
drawntoinsanity 29th-Nov-2012 04:40 am (UTC)
cricketgrl 29th-Nov-2012 04:49 am (UTC)
Don't forget Patsy Cline!! The Original HBIC!

I love all three of them.
freeze_i_say 29th-Nov-2012 07:23 am (UTC)
cerseilannister 29th-Nov-2012 05:04 am (UTC)
along with patsy. there u got the holy trinity.
ani_di_franco 29th-Nov-2012 01:22 pm (UTC)
Very random, but I've been to Loretta Lynn's house, twice.
lordfoldemort 29th-Nov-2012 04:09 am (UTC)
dolly parton is actually better than everyone.
cityxpretty 29th-Nov-2012 05:19 am (UTC)
Came here to say this!
black_phoenix 29th-Nov-2012 05:21 am (UTC)
Did you see her on Colbert last night?
copasetic 29th-Nov-2012 10:44 am (UTC)
she was so cute. i love her squeak-laugh.
pityparties 29th-Nov-2012 05:42 am (UTC)
overprotected 29th-Nov-2012 05:48 am (UTC)
zulkey 29th-Nov-2012 06:00 am (UTC)
no lies detected in this comment
klmnumbers 29th-Nov-2012 02:00 pm (UTC)
ilovestarburst 29th-Nov-2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
tvwizard 29th-Nov-2012 04:11 am (UTC)
some people are just heterosexual life partners tbh
shadwrayvn 29th-Nov-2012 05:16 am (UTC)
narco_chan 29th-Nov-2012 04:12 am (UTC)
I've been singing Jolene and i will always love you on repeat during my daily 50 minute drives.
dropitlikepluto 29th-Nov-2012 04:14 am (UTC)
Looooooove her
josiefier 29th-Nov-2012 04:14 am (UTC)
Love her.
andi88 29th-Nov-2012 04:14 am (UTC)
She and Stephen Colbert were so cute together last night.
britneyspears 29th-Nov-2012 04:18 am (UTC)
m t e

andi88 29th-Nov-2012 04:24 am (UTC)
This was my favorite part! So cute <3
hearthecity 29th-Nov-2012 04:30 am (UTC)
scriptedending 29th-Nov-2012 04:37 am (UTC)
loved it!
drawntoinsanity 29th-Nov-2012 04:41 am (UTC)
he was so nervous <3
365reasonswhy 29th-Nov-2012 05:05 am (UTC)
slinky 29th-Nov-2012 04:15 am (UTC)
love this bitch
theuglycry 29th-Nov-2012 04:18 am (UTC)
She is what I want to be when I get older. Fuck growing old gracefully.
cityxpretty 29th-Nov-2012 05:20 am (UTC)
k_byte 29th-Nov-2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
h0llyberry2 29th-Nov-2012 04:18 am (UTC)
What did she look like pre boob job?
lachica2000 29th-Nov-2012 04:41 am (UTC)
She had huge boobs even before implants. She lost a lot of weight and apparently the boobs with it so she got them done.
noneformethanx 29th-Nov-2012 04:44 am (UTC)
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lovemoves 29th-Nov-2012 06:55 am (UTC)
What a hottie.
cickiz 29th-Nov-2012 04:18 am (UTC)
I learned so much about her in this article.

1.) That she's been married for so long

2.) She has breast implants.
laurie_springs 29th-Nov-2012 04:20 am (UTC)
I wonder who's written more songs between her and Prince.
theuglycry 29th-Nov-2012 04:21 am (UTC)
bob80 29th-Nov-2012 04:32 am (UTC)
Truth. She's written everything.
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overprotected 29th-Nov-2012 05:50 am (UTC)
Dolly's written over 3,000 so unless Prince is a wizard (and I'm not putting it past him) probably her
pacificway 29th-Nov-2012 04:20 am (UTC)
Love Her.
theactualworst 29th-Nov-2012 04:24 am (UTC)
Free of flaws.
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