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Hannah Montana’s Aunt Dolly is not a lesbian.
Well, at least the country legend who plays her isn’t.
Dolly Parton knows that she’s been the target of gay rumors for years and years because of her close relationship with lifelong best friend Judy Ogle.
And once again, for the umpteenth time, she’s setting the record straight…
“We’re absolutely totally honest, open and comfortable with each other,” Parton says in the new issue of AARP magazine. “We’ve been accused of being lovers. We do love each other, but we’ve never been like that.” (For the record, Parton has been married to her retired businessman husband, Carl Dean, for 43 years!)
As for her future with Hannah Montana, Parton recently revealed that, contrary to reports, she is not in the upcoming Hannah flick. She said that producers initially asked her if she’d be interested in revisiting Aunt Dolly for the big screen, but the character never made it into the script.
No matter. Parton still has plans to stay popular with the Miley Cyrus generations. She has a children’s book hitting stores in June and plans to put out a series of children’s CDs. Also on the drawing board: possibly hosting a children’s TV show a la Pee-wee’s Playhouse.
“In my older years, I’m going into that world of children,” she says. “That’s the way to keep yourself young. Be childlike, not childish.”