When asked about bisexuality, pansexuality and gender fluidity, Parton stated that she sometimes questions pop stars who identify as such:
“For me, I’m still an old timer. Sometimes I think it’s just become kind of fashionable to speak out like that.”
“I think some of them even say more than who they really are. I think they just want to be part of that whole movement to make people think that they’re so free and all that.”
The country musician then added:
“But I really don’t know how they feel inside. I know how I feel inside.”
Parton’s own goddaughter Miley Cyrus identifies as both genderfluid and pansexual. Cyrus came out to her mother when she was 14. The Wrecking Ball singer said:
“I am ready to love anyone that loves me for who I am.” Cyrus also told Time Magazine in 2015 that she identifies as genderfluid. In the interview, Miley said that she “doesn’t relate to being a boy or girl, and I don’t have to have my partner relate to boy or girl”.
Dolly also used the podcast as a platform to dispel rumours about her own sexuality:
“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 then denied any speculation that suggests she is having an affair with her best friend Judy Ogle:
“People love to gossip. They’ve said that about Oprah but it’s not true.”
“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 everyone for who they are.”
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