Country legend Dolly Parton took time from promoting her new memoir Dream More, which hit shelves Tuesday, to clear up the rumor that she’s been having a lesbian affair with her best friend.
Despite being married to her husband, Carl Dean, for 46 years and being ever-so-vocal about their relationship, the 66-year-old has been romantically linked to her childhood friend, Judy Ogly.
During the interview, Parton compared her relationship with Ogly to Oprah Winfrey‘s relationship with her best friend, Gayle King, which has garnered unnecessary attention from the press, too.
“Like Gayle [King], her friend, Judy, my friend, they just think that you just can’t be that close to somebody,” Parton explained. “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.”
Leave my girl Dolly alone. Damn, she’s one of the only celebrities left standing that’s been married for as long as she has, and still manages to donate most of her time to charitable organizations.