The Feud Between Dolly Parton And Reba McEntire: Rumors Or Truth

Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire, the queens of country singing, have been friends for decades, however, a tabloid has recently alleged that there has been a long-running feud between the two. According to the publication, the country singers have been arguing about who would honor Kenny Rogers. Is this true? Or is it nothing but a rumor to get clicks? Let’s have a look!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ed Rode | Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton attend the 2011 Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony.


HOW HAS THEIR RELATIONSHIP BEEN LIKE?

There is no introduction needed for the two icons that the tabloid mentioned. Dolly Parton has become a cultural icon within the music industry due to her singing and songwriting skills, and Reba McEntire is a chart-topping and award-winning country singer who also tried her hand at acting.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Ochs Archives | Country singer Dolly Parton performs onstage.

Their relationship has been going strong for forty years, and they have built a friendship that is based on mutual respect and sisterhood. While the two sing the same genre of music, there was never any issue surrounding that as both of them understand what their place in the industry is.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Bettmann | Reba McEntire tearfully accepts the award for "Entertainer of the Year".


DOLLY’S IMPACT ON REBA’S CAREER

Meeting in 1977, Reba has since confirmed that she is glad for the way that Dolly paved for her in the industry, which was quite male-dominated at the time. McEntire has also commented that she is very happy and grateful for the friendship that the two of them share. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / David Redfern / Redferns | Dolly Parton.

Parton has shared on Instagram that she would be joining Reba’s podcast, and mentioned that “With a friendship that's lasted over 40 years, @reba and I always have a lot to talk about.” So, if both are still hanging out and making posts on social media for each other, what led the tabloid to publish that there was a feud?

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Ochs Archives | Country singer Reba McEntire.


KENNY ROGERS’ MEMORIAL

According to the tabloid “Woman’s Day”, the two singers had some struggles between them earlier this year, and the publication even indicated that they were getting “at each other's throats”. The publication indicated that the cause of this fight was the memorial for their dear friend Kenny Rogers, who passed away of natural causes in March 2020.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Beth Gwinn / Redferns | Photo of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.

The tabloid mentioned that the country queens were no longer on speaking terms due to arguments that arose about who would have the privilege of honoring Rogers, but they were not the only ones involved in the fight. According to the publication, some other country singers were also caught in the crossfire.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ron Galella, Ltd. / Ron Galella Collection | Musicians Reba McEntire and Kenny Rogers.


WHAT HAVE THE TABLOIDS BEEN SAYING?

There have been several situations of phony publications about Dolly Parton’s life on the tabloids (we will get into that later on), so it is important to always have a critical perspective when reading about celebrities. This particular article mentioned that “neither one of them wanted the other to take the lead in paying tribute to [Kenny Rogers].”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gems / Redferns | Dolly Parton.

Not even that, but according to the publication’s source, “[Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire] asked the country music world to take sides.” Now, if you know anything about these two artists, you probably know that they are not the type of people who would create a cat-fight over something as important as the memorial of their dear friend.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Ochs Archives | Reba McEntire.


WHAT DID THE SOURCES HAVE TO SAY?

The tabloid mentioned that, according to some sources which were unspecified, the two singers have been competing for Rogers’ friendship for a long period of time. “All Kenny could talk about was how amazing Reba was – so pretty, so talented, so funny,” a supposed friend of the singers told the tabloid.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Brendon Thorne | Dolly Parton talks to the media at a press conference.

The source continued that “Dolly got sick of it. But Kenny loved the attention the two gals gave him and often played them against each other.” It is no lie that Parton and Rogers collaborated frequently over the years, but according to the tabloid she was upset when Rogers cast McEntire instead for his TV movie “The Gambler Returns”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Santiago Felipe | Reba McEntire visits Build Studio.


HOW DID THE WORLD OF MUSIC GET INVOLVED?

The “catfight”, as it is described by the tabloid, has created waves within the country music world, as the two singers have allegedly been telling other singers to side with one of them. “Nobody knows which one they should commit to,” the tabloid’s source continued explaining.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Putland | American country singer-songwriter Dolly Parton in London, 1983.

As stated, “some people are choosing sides!” Not only that, but the tabloid also mentioned that there is a group of country stars who are, apparently, staging an intervention in order to make Parton and McEntire get along again. Now, you may believe it or not, but it does sound like a stretch.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Mazur / ACMA2017 | Recording artist Reba McEntire performs onstage during the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards.


THE LACK OF RESPECT FOR ROGERS

Both singers have been close friends with Kenny Rogers for several years, decades in fact, so it is hard to accept that they would have a petty fight over this. Moreover, it seems that the tabloid has little respect for Rogers himself, stating just a few months after his passing that he was pitying his friends against one another.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Buckner | Singer Kenny Rogers performs onstage during Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XX.


THINGS DON’T ADD UP

Now, we never know what goes on inside people’s private lives, and perhaps Dolly and Reba did in fact fight over who would honor Rogers during his memorial, however, everything else they have been doing seems to point in the complete opposite direction.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Valerie Macon | Singer Dolly Parton Performs at Agua Caliente Casino.

Two weeks ago Dolly Parton shared a picture in one of her social media accounts where she can be seen with Reba, and with a caption mentioning their long-lasting friendship, indicating that she will be collaborating with Reba in the future. This really isn’t something that two people fighting would do, right?

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Winter | Host Reba McEntire performs onstage during the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards.


REBA HAS ALSO COMMENTED ON THEIR FRIENDSHIP

The two singers recently worked together on Reba’s podcast, where she mentioned that “It’s true Dolly, you’ve always [been my idol]. I’ve always looked up to you.” Once again, these two seem to have a loving friendship and nothing but respect and praise for each other. But this is not the first time the tabloid has launched fake news!


HOW TABLOIDS HAVE BEEN LYING ABOUT DOLLY PARTON

There have been many articles written about Dolly, and not all of them present the facts. A couple of months ago, The National Enquirer, shared a story where it stated that Dolly would never sing again, mentioning that she was suffering from Bell’s Palsy, thus being unable to speak or sing.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Rick Diamond | Singer/Songwriter Dolly Parton attends the Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years award show.

We all know that this was not true, as Dolly kept on launching new much and even released her first Christmas album in three decades. Based on previous false reports about the country star, and the arguments we stated above, there aren’t many questions about whether this supposed feud is true or not.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Rick Diamond | Honorees Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton attend the 11th Annual ACM Honors.


THE VERDICT

Based on the posts and activities that both Parton and McEntire have been doing in the past months, it seems that the two are still very good friends and nothing happened between them that could have been considered a feud. In fact, their friendship has been going strong for years.

Image Credits: Getty Images / John Shearer | Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, and Dolly Parton perform onstage during the 53rd annual CMA Awards.

In 2016, Reba assisted in a tribute to Dolly at the CMA Awards, and the year after Dolly surprised McEntire by showing up onstage at the Grand Ole Opry for the 40th Anniversary of McEntire’s Opry debut, mentioning “I just wanted to come out and say hello, and say congratulations, and how much I love you.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Winter | Actress/singer Reba McEntire (L) and singer Dolly Parton appear on the set of The WB's "Reba".


MORE RECENT DEMONSTRATIONS OF FRIENDSHIP

Just last November, the two country singers co-hosted the CMAs with Carrie Underwood, and more recently McEntire shared a post on her Instagram account remembering a previous work she did with Parton. The relationship between the two was never defined by Kenny Rogers, and it is even difficult to think two strong women would be upset about something like this.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Taylor Hill | Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, and Reba McEntire attend the 53nd annual CMA Awards.


THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER AND ITS LOVE FOR CLICKS

This is not the first time that this tabloid has made up feuds, or “catfights” as it calls it, as it is definitely something that audiences would like to read about. In less than a year, there have been several dismissals of feuds reported by this tabloid, such as the one between Courteney Cox and Reese Whitherspoon.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Silver Screen Collection | American actress, singer and songwriter Dolly Parton, circa 1975.

So, what is the main take away from this story? The internet is filled with news, some are true, but some are not. When it comes to tabloids, the certainty is that their breadwinning articles are the ones that stir some drama, or that show that celebrities have petty fights just like any common person.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Rick Diamond | Reba McEntire visits Dolly Parton backstage during Dolly Parton: Pure & Simple Benefiting The Opry Trust Fund.


HOW TO NOT FALL DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE OF FAKE NEWS?

Considering that false articles are not reserved for topics surrounding celebrities, it is important to check the sources of said articles, especially when the matter of the publication can have an impact on the person reading it. When it comes to articles about celebrities, the best option is to always focus on well-renowned publications.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Winter | Singer Dolly Parton (L) and actress/singer Reba McEntire appear on the set of The WB's "Reba".


FINALLY: THE QUEENS OF COUNTRY REMAIN FRIENDS

To conclude this story, the important thing to take away is that both Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire have accumulated a career of successes, and did so without being pitied against one another. In fact, their sisterhood friendship is something that we can only hope to see more and more within the industry.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic | Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton during CMT Giants Honoring Reba McEntire - Show.

The time where “catfights”, and turning women artists against each other, should be over by now, but unfortunately it isn’t. Until the quality of the performers and their personalities are taken more into consideration than any “drama” or “feud”, then we won’t truly be doing justice to them. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Evan Agostini | Country singer Dolly Parton visits backstage with Reba McEntire after seeing the Broadway musical 'Annie Get Your Gun'.

What is your opinion on this story? Do you think that this feud was real or just a creation from the tabloid? Let us know in the comments what you think about this and be sure to share this story with your country-loving friends! 

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