Country music legend Dolly Parton has revealed in an interview, gaining global attention Wednesday, that a "loony" fan once left a baby on her doorstep.
The 65-year-old, who is on her "Better Day" world tour, told Chicago's Windy City Times she was shocked by the incident, which occurred after she penned her famous 1974 track "Jolene."
"Years ago, when I first started being a big star, I had fans that were fanatical. It was when 'Jolene' was a big hit," said Parton.
"We came home one day and there was a baby in a box at our gate with a note in it. The note said, 'My name is Jolene, my momma has left me here and she wants you to have me'. Of course, we all freaked out!"
"It wasn't like it was a kitten or a puppy dog. It was a baby named Jolene!"
Parton, who is due to play in Chicago on Thursday, said she contacted Human Services about the abandoned child and never knew what happened after authorities took the youngster away.
The country star has concerts scheduled in England, Europe, US and Australia over the next four months, in support of her 41st studio album "Better Day."