Dolly Parton responds to long-standing tattoo rumors, reveals why she has ‘nifty’ ink
Amid years of speculation about hidden body art, Dolly Parton has finally opened up about these long-standing tattoo rumors. In an interview with PEOPLE, the country’s icon has confirmed that hidden beneath these stunning rhinestone-embellished sets is a collection of “crafty” ink.
Speaking to the point of sale in September 2020, the “9 to 5” singer confirmed, “I have tattoos.” She continued to call her ink ‘tasteful’, admitting that while she has a few, she is ‘not a tattooed girl’. According to Parton, who said the ink is “pretty, they’re nifty,” the tattoos she’s chosen to get over the years have significance because they “usually started to cover a scar, not to make a big statement “.
“Ribbons and bows and butterflies are what I have. I was very ill for a while and had to wear a feeding tube. It left a little indentation in my side and I didn’t. didn’t like it because I’m so fair the scars turn purple on me, ”she says.“ I like to make positives from negatives. I had a little beehive tattooed on it – a little yellow and brown beehive with a tiny bee on top of the hive. The mouth of it is that little pit. “
Parton previously discussed his tattoos on the last episode of the 2019 podcast America by Dolly Parton. At the time, Parton confirmed that she actually had “a few tattoos on my body”, although she said, “they are not meant to be tattoos for the sake of tattoos”. She explained that when she “started doing a few little things, I had a few little tattoos to cover the scars. But I’m not tattooed all over like a woman on a bicycle or anything.” She said the tattoos she has are “very delicate”, and revealed, “I have butterflies, I have lace and little bows – a few things like that.”
In his 2020 interview with PEOPLE, Parton touched on more than just these tattoo rumors, also poking fun at any rumors that crop up here and there regarding his health. At 75, Parton admitted that every once in a while a story comes up “where I’m bedridden because my breasts are so heavy I’m crippled for life on my back.” Jokingly, the headlines usually read “DOLLY BEDRIDDEN,” and they “find a picture of me, from when I was making a video, you know, lying all over the bed somewhere,” Parton laughs, jokingly, “well, they’re heavy, but they haven’t crippled me yet.” “