Dolly Parton Reflects On 50 Years In The Spotlight, Opens Up About Her Tattoos: ‘I Got Them To Cover Scars’

Dolly Parton is opening up about her legendary career in country music.

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In a one-on-one interview with Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America”, the “9 to 5” singer spoke about the history behind her ink and her legendary impact on the country music world after more than 50 years in the industry.

“I got them to cover scars or things,” Parton shared of her tattoos, which she rarely reveals in public. “If I have to get a scar for any reason, I never can kind of get rid of that purple look. So I thought, ‘Well, I’m going to kind of decorate these with some flowers or little butterflies or whatever.'”

This is not the first time Parton has talked about her tattoos. In 2014, she rejected rumours that she has “snake tattoos” all over her body.

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While speaking with Roberts at her very own Tennessee theme park Dollywood, Parton reminisced about meeting her husband Carl Dean outside a laundromat.

“This good-looking man drives by and he says something like, ‘You’re gonna get sunburned out here!’ And I said something like, ‘What’s it to you.'”

The couple tied the knot two years after meeting and have been married 53 years.

Although they may not be seen in public often, Parton admitted her hubby likes to stay out of the spotlight: “He likes the privacy. He wants me to do my thing and [let him] do his.”

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Roberts showed Parton her 1977 interview with Barbara Walters in which she talked about fighting for equal pay as a female country artist — something she still advocates for today.

“I like to think there’s more money to be made than I’ve been making,” she said to Walters in the old interview clip. “I’ve been working too hard, for too long, for too little.”

“Amen, Dolly Parton,” joked the singer after watching her old interview. “That’s amazing to go back and remember that’s what I always felt in my heart, that I had something to give and thought I was worth something.”

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Parton will be hosting the 53rd annual CMA Awards Wednesday, November 9, alongside Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntire.

 

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