Dolly Parton denies rumors that her best friend is her secret lover, 'people love to talk'

In an exclusive interview published Monday, Dolly Parton addressed long-standing rumors that her lifelong friend Judy Ogle is actually her secret lover -- despite being married to her husband for 53 years.

The 73-year-old brushed off the “secret lover” rumors about Ogle, whom she’s reportedly known since childhood and regularly calls her “girlfriend” (in a platonic way).

Well, people love to talk, people love to gossip. They’ve said that about Oprah but it’s not true.

— Dolly Parton

“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 everybody who they are,” Parton told The Sun.

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Parton and her husband, Carl Dean, 76, have been married for 53 years, which, for showbiz standards is exceedingly rare. The duo has rarely been seen in public together.