Dolly Parton: I'm not gay

WENN, Monday, November 26, 2012, 5:36pm (PST)
  • Country queen Dolly Parton has laughed off rumors suggesting the singer is gay.

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    The "Jolene" star admits she's more than aware of new reports questioning her friendship with longtime pal Judy Ogle, but she recently assured "Nightline" that she's not a lesbian.

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    "Judy and I have been best friends since we were, like, in the third and fourth grade," she said. "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 rumors have also apparently given the singer a taste of what it must be like to be Oprah Winfrey, who has been dogged by gay stories due to her relationship with best pal Gayle King for years.

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    The country star, who has been married for over 40 years, adds, "[People] just think that you just can't be that close to somebody."

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