Country music icon Dolly Parton thinks she has such a loyal gay fanbase because over the years she’s also “fought for the right” to be herself.
“I don’t really know why for sure. I’m just happy it is. I’ve often said people don’t come to see me to see me, they come to see me to see them,” the singer told The Guardian.
“I’ve been around so long, so a lot of people grew up with me. I feel more like a family member or an aunt or an older sister or a friend.
“They know I’m a little different myself. I’ve fought for the right to be myself, so that is one of the reasons that the gays and lesbians relate to me.
“They know that I appreciate everybody for who they are. We are who we are, so why can’t we be allowed to be that?
“I ain’t out to preach no sermons, I’m just out to do my work, sing my songs and write them, and love people and share them.”
Dolly will release her new acoustic album Pure & Simple on August 19, and she’s in the middle of touring the US and Canada with the new material.
She also gave an update on the dance album geared towards her gay fans that she first teased in 2014.
“Every time I start to work on that, something else comes up, like this big tour,” she said.
“I’ll have to put that dance album on the shelf again. But one day I promise you I will get that out.
“One of the songs is ‘I’m a Wee Bit Gay’. It’s a fun, tongue-in-cheek type of song. I promise I’ll get it out.”
Listen to Dolly Parton’s new single “Pure & Simple” below: