Dolly Parton: “I’m NOT Gay, Y’All!”

“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.”[ABC News]

Dolly Parton is stacked: on top and on her head. What she isn’t, she says, is a lesbian, despite her decades-long affection for one Miss Judy Ogle, her best friend since childhood who has long been rumored to be Dolly’s secret lover. Dolly told ABC News correspondent Juju Chang on last night’s Nightline that she and Judy really are just friends, just like Oprah and Gayle. [Insert closeted lesbian joke here].

A long-time gay icon and supporter of LGBT rights (a rarity for country music superstars), Parton has been married to her husband Carl Dean for 46 decades. At age 66, her new memoir Dream More releases today and details what it was like for her to grow up dirt poor with 11 siblings in a Tennessee cabin and how that experience informed her aspirations as a singer and who she is today. It may be a cliche, but you’ve come a long way, Dolly Baby.