The Real Reason Why Dolly Parton And Kenny Rogers Never Dated

The Real Reason Why Dolly Parton And Kenny Rogers Never Dated

We love ourselves some celeb couples – from
the ones that cause drama and take us on roller coaster rides to the smooth sailing ones that
oftentimes go under the radar. Then there are also the couples that could
have – but never – happened. Among them: the country music legends Dolly
Parton and Kenny Rogers. Rogers passed away at his home on March 20,
2020 at age 81. Many famous faces have paid tribute to “The
Gambler,” including his long-time duet partner, Dolly Parton. She tweeted alongside a video: “You never know how much you love somebody
until they’re gone. I’ve had so many wonderful years and wonderful
times with my friend, Kenny, but above all the music and the success, I loved him as
a wonderful man and a true friend.” “I loved Kenny with all my heart. My heart’s broken, and a big chunk of it has
gone with him today.” From “Islands in the Stream” to “Real Love,”
this talented pair certainly made beautiful music together. With that kind of chemistry, why did Dolly
Parton and Kenny Rogers never date? Some pals and colleagues get friend-zoned,
but Dolly Parton took it to another level when she sibling-zoned her duet partner, Kenny
Rogers. She told Today: “You know what, we were almost like brother
and sister. And it would almost be like incest. So we just never went there.” The running joke is that the two were never
even attracted to each other, although Rogers admitted on several occasions that they enjoyed
flirting. “Dolly and I have been accused of having an
affair for the last 30 years. And we never did. What we’ve done is we’ve flirted with each
other for 30 years.” Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers had a long history
of making music together as duet partners, and many of those tunes were love songs. Their first recording collaboration in 1983,
“Islands in the Stream,” became a No. 1 hit and was deemed the best country duet of all
time in a 2005 CMT poll. Their chemistry continued with “Love is Strange,”
“Real Love,” and “You Can’t Make Old Friends.” Parton told Today that the latter was her
favorite because “it’s so personal to both of us.” Parton even joined Rogers at his last concert
before he retired in 2015. That show, called “All in for the Gambler,”
was held in Nashville, was a star-studded affair. Parton conveyed mixed feelings about her friend
stepping away from the stage. She told Today: “I don’t think I feel as scared and as empty
as some of the fans do, because Kenny and I are friends, and I imagine that we can go
visit and maybe once in a while light into a little bit of a song or two.” Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton talked about
their long-standing friendship in a 2013 interview with People. At the time, the duo was asked about previous
interviews where Rogers had discussed their relationship status, or lack thereof. Rogers recalled: “I remember that interview and what I said
when they asked if we weren’t tempted to get together on a more intimate level. I said we may have been tempted but we didn’t
want to ruin a good friendship.” Parton agreed with Rogers, telling the magazine: “We never did go there. There was always so much other stuff going
for us. So much love and friendship, we were so compatible.” Although they kept things platonic between
them, both found romance elsewhere. Rogers, who was married five times, ultimately
settled down with his wife of 22 years, Wanda Miller. They had twin boys together, Justin and Jordan,
whom he adored. Meanwhile, Parton has been married for over
50 years to husband Carl Thomas Dean. From the sound of it, these two got to experience
the joy of true romantic love with their spouses, as well as the love that forms amidst a strong,
musical partnership. That may just be the sweetest love story of
all. “God bless you, Kenny. Fly high, straight to the arms of God.”

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  1. Scheilar Gyn

    Respect is at times unusual. Why do this now????

  2. sunny girl

    This is ridiculous! Dolly has been married to the same man for decades. Typical Hollywood mentality. So disrespectful to Dolly.

  3. Stephanie Cabrera

    Do – Hannah Montana Forever

  4. Marie Clark

    Yes they did and I love them both I cried so hard when I found out he passed away I think the reason why I did that is because I listen to him all the time after my boyfriend Bear died

  5. Marie Clark

    πŸ˜“πŸ˜’πŸ˜­πŸ˜’πŸ’” yes the gambling was a great song I really like that always thought Kenny Rogers was very handsome praying for his family and friendsπŸ˜‡πŸ™πŸ™

  6. Willow B

    Humm Maybe because she was married. They were best best friends.Rest in peace Kenny.

  7. misscarriebaby444

    Seriously. Shes been with Carl Dean since forever. Could that be the reason?! Eye roll.

  8. Tamika Garnett

    She was married be4 she met Kenny

  9. Oma Cool


  10. Budcat101

    drove by his gigantic ranch in Georgia
    a friend of mine worked his stables that were air conditioned and said that Rogers was a true real person!

  11. christina D

    I love them both. But Kenny will be missed.

  12. sugar baby

    They loved one another….that was Dolly's work husband and she was his work wife.

  13. patricia donald-mcveigh

    Erm… she's married !!!!

  14. David Tucker

    They were friends with benefits why waste money on dating.

  15. Czarina Czar

    I love DP. 😘 But she's the one who once said that she fantasised about Brad Pitt. So I don't understand the self-righteous indignation people are displaying here..

  16. Devon MacDonald

    Dolly Rogers . Sounds tasty.

  17. Purple Butterfly

    When I was a little girl I always thought they were married lol

  18. Michele Huffman

    And they say a man and woman can't be great friends…….Dolly and Kenny proved them wrong.

  19. Cheryll Hamilton

    Because she was married…….

  20. Ms. Jocelyn

    Rip Kenny

  21. epiphonium

    Why the British announcer, wouldn't this sound much more suitable with a Nashville accent? What they heck were you thinking?

  22. Adele Rountree

    NZ Maori girl says haere mai πŸ’‹πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜‹,RIP πŸ™πŸ’•

  23. EF ANDMK

    Why would we assume that because two people look good together and are friends, that there is anything romantic there? That's very superficial. Not to mention stupid. And not to mention that Dolly has been married to Carl since she was 15. Hillbillies, you know.

  24. Derek Dudes

    Why would you flirt with someone that you were never attracted to?? I don't buy it. I think they wanted each other, but I think for various reasons it just couldn't happen.

  25. x0539p

    She has been married for 52 years.

  26. Ray Oliver


  27. Rizalde Pe

    Big respected human beings of all time rest in peace eternally sir Kenny Rogers your legacy will never be forgotten,your all famous song will never fade and always will play for next generation to comes.

  28. Bama Sher

    Why post this…Dolly is married.

  29. Santos Howe

    Weren’t they both married? Duh

  30. David Mosteller

    Um…. because they we already married to others

  31. Nicki Swift

    RIP Kenny Rogers, one of the all-time greats.

  32. Caramel Kine

    Kenny you was a legend and you will always be a legend in country music. Kenny your time with us was short but you've left behind great music to cherish forever ❀️ πŸ’™ Kenny you'll music will never fade away you'll always be remembered as the Gambler never forgotten ALWAYS live on in our hearts well always love and miss you. Fly high Kenny sing your way to heaven. See you on the other side

  33. TraviTrail

    Love from Australia to Dolly and Kenny..We will always love you!

  34. Robert Cavalluzzi

    Rip Kenny Rogers with the first edition hit ruby to lady island in the stream long time friend dolly parton there won't be another Kenny Rogers as the gambler

  35. tavia warner

    RIP Kenny!! Love Dolly and Kenny SO much!!

  36. Vivian S

    Kenny and Dolly never dated because. . . They are both married to other people! Duh!

  37. Jesse Jackson

    Rest In Peace Kenny, a world legend has past but not forgotten and will live with your crest music in our ears for years to come! Amen πŸ™

  38. James Dodge

    I have not watched this yet but a wild guess says she was married to Carl Dean.

  39. Roxanne Shannon

    Dolly has been married since 1966 long before she met Kenny… so there is your answer

  40. Larry Geary

    Too bad they botched that face lift he had several years ago. He never looked the same after that. It looked painful. He was so handsome in his young years.

  41. S Burch

    Dolly has strong values and is a very private person. During many interviews over the years she has been asked about her personal life, and her marriage. She has always skirted around the issue of affairs. I think Kenny was more than a singing partner at one time. But in the end she would not leave her husband.

  42. alex stewart

    They made a shot ton of money together. That's for sure.

  43. Gospelwatcher


  44. lastpme

    Sad…but we all have a season…

  45. BethyKable

    I would assume that they never β€œdated” since they were both married. If they were such great friends why did she have to read about his death over the internet. Great friends would have been in closer contact than that. Sorry.

  46. James Payne

    Dolly is a married woman!!!

  47. Kimberly Balogh


  48. WATCHMAN 117

    If Dolly has been married for over 50 years, why was this even a matter for discussion?

  49. La Veeta D. Marbury

    I give my condolences to Kenny's family and dearest friends, rip πŸ™πŸŽˆπŸ’Ž

  50. Kirk Moore

    Stupid post. Dolly's happily married and I think her Christian principals would override any homome fueled feelings for anyone, not just Kenny Rogers.

  51. Rebecca Mariucci

    I truly wish that people could understand that 2 people of the opposite sex can truly love each other and it not be about sex, ever.

  52. chunky blanket Palmer

    Will miss you, you were the BEST.

  53. A

    Maybe because she was happily married? Ignorance at its finest πŸ™„

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  55. Phα»₯ng LΓ½

    They have to date now

  56. Sarah Lloyd

    ….uh, dolly is married.

  57. Miss Goldie

    Because Dolly has been married FOREVER dumbass.

  58. teriw56

    Love the way she says Kenny.

  59. Hayden Schneider

    Kenny Rogers hair was awesome!

  60. Jeffrey Martin

    She married her husband 50 years ago.

  61. Corean Sanders

    Maybe because she was married or is married

  62. Rita Gonzalez

    Perhaps because she was married??

  63. George Viada

    "The Gambler" was more like an instructional country song about how to play in Vegas, Atlantic City, and in the lotteries of each U.S. state. This song should have been played in Las Vegas casinos.

  64. Faisal Amjad

    When they say a gal and a guy can’t be friends here’s an example. Rest In Peace Kenny

  65. Thomas Gary

    I always thought they were a nice looking couple

  66. Candice Perry

    Kenny Rogers has a family

  67. Mary Moreno-Tekala

    R.I.P Kenny and you'll be missed …. I grew up on him and Dolly music… This brakes my heart this week ….πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

  68. GP McD

    My heart breaks for you Dolly. Stay strong. The entire world has your back. β€οΈπŸ¦‹

  69. 83 Smith

    Looks like they both used the same quack as a plastic surgeon.

  70. Greased Lightning

    This channel is the worst kind of fkn nonsense. STFU YOU PIG BITCH

  71. Johnny Skinwalker

    yea bullshit

  72. Superman 74

    Kenny Roger tapping-out in the middle of the Apocalypse is the most "Know When to Fold Them" shit ever!

  73. david robert

    And what happened to Wanda ?

  74. Lace Camp

    That's so sweet! One in a million! πŸ‘


    Dolly is faithful to her man simple simple …

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  77. freedom for all ( go fund we)πŸ’–πŸ¦‹πŸ’™


  78. Tabatha B.

    I thought the answer would have been she was always married!!

  79. Taylor Holloway

    because she’s been married for 60 fucking years!!!! it’s not rocket science. Her and her husband met back in the late 50s and they’ve been together ever since

  80. Bob Anderson

    You can be married and be in love with someone else… they had something closer…. respect.. admiration…passion…. for the ones they married…..and for each other!!… they knew….if they broke that line or trust…. their lives would changed forever… and may be not for the good….the old saying the grass always greener on the other side…..RIP KENNEY!!…

  81. Martha High

    Did you people know they were both married….what a crazy question

  82. Ted Gamma

    Shame we’ll never see them together again. You’ll be missed Mr Rogers

  83. Togi Mulana Sihaloho

    Rest in peace mr rogers

  84. Cold Winter

    Ok, this is ridiculously pointless. They never dated because Dolly married young & stayed married. Kenny was married 5 times, with his 1st marriage also at a young age & he just kept getting married. But that's beside the point really, because Dolly was never available!

  85. Home Cinema Lovers

    all the propagandas is only a business special in politicians

  86. Rina Willemse

    So sad that a legend like Kenny passed. He was my all time favorite through the years. When I was down a song or two lifted my spirits up. Kenny will live on in our hearts! RIP

  87. I Want To Survive

    Kenny & Dolly are like Adam Sandler & Drew Barrymore. Romantic chemistry you could cut with a knife, but one of them has always been in a stable marriage. It has just ended up being a very enduring opposite-sex friendship with a palpable undertone of romantic love. I sincerely believe neither "couple" have ever acted in any adulterous way with one another.

  88. I Want To Survive

    I think you can really love someone and never "go there" because you know that would ruin everything, including the lives of the family you've already been committed to.

    Hats off to Kenny & Dolly for never letting their loins take them for a ride through destruction and tabloid-ville.

  89. Edward Sheridan

    Porter Wagoner laid some pipe and bought some tiddys

  90. Love you Real

    Never will for get all ways OLD IS GOLD my God bless is soul πŸ™

  91. Comeaux Creek Homestead

    they never dated because they both were married to other people and they were good friends. Men and women can be friends and have a special bond without having the urge to date. It's called friendship.

  92. Ramona Middleton

    I love and will miss You RIP!

  93. Urszula Gromadzka

    No i takie scierwo kiedys tez zmyje

  94. Riley Sharpe

    Kenny died

  95. Timothy Richard-Jackson

    There’s one simple answer. Dolly’s been married to the same man for 54 years.

  96. Joni Banks

    They were married

  97. Lisa

    I have one of Kennys cd's playing constantly in my car!!!

  98. Dmc

    When u think off dolly ya thought off Kenny n when ya thought off Kenny ya thought off dolly lol

  99. Cheryl Rolph

    Rest In Peace Kenny Rogers! You were my absolute fav singer!

  100. Primrose Haran

    They were fantastic together one of the greats rip

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