Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton have been longtime collaborators and pals for many years, however the two nation music stars reportedly by no means dated.
Nonetheless, that hasn’t cease rumors from swirling over time. But when there’s one one that didn’t bat a watch on the gossip, it was Rogers’ ex-wife Marianne Gordon.
“I by no means felt uncomfortable in any respect,” the actress lately informed Nearer Weekly. “However, it’s humorous that you just say that. … Kenny mentioned, ‘I like her as a buddy and we’ve an awesome factor on stage. We’d lose it. There’s sexual stress and teasing one another and it will screw it up.’”
Nonetheless, the 74-year-old informed the outlet that she believed Parton, 74, and Rogers’ friendship may need been examined.
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“Dolly may need [made a move though],” defined the previous “Hee Haw” star. “It’s entered my thoughts as a result of he at all times mentioned she thought like a person. I don’t imply it badly. Dolly is a enjoyable lady.”
Nonetheless, Gordon insisted she at all times trusted Rogers.
“He sincerely felt that they had a cute factor going, and if something occurred between them, they’d destroy that.”
Gordon met Rogers in 1974 they usually married in 1977. In 1981, they welcomed their son, Christopher Cody Rogers. The couple parted methods in 1993.
Rogers went on to marry Wanda Miller in 1997. They remained collectively till his demise on March 20, 2020, at age 81.
The outlet shared that some followers nonetheless believed there was one thing happening between Parton and Rogers. Nonetheless, the three-time Grammy-winning singer put these rumors to relaxation.
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“One of many issues that have an effect on a relationship while you’re working with somebody is your upbringing and your background,” mentioned Rogers in an episode of “Dolly,” as reported by Nearer Weekly. “She’s a really particular one that has a really particular place in my life.”
When Rogers handed manner, Parton made positive to pay tribute to her beloved buddy on social media.
“You by no means know the way a lot you’re keen on anyone till they’re gone,” the singer wrote. “I’ve had so many fantastic years and fantastic instances with my buddy, however above all of the music and the success I cherished him as an exquisite man and a real buddy.”
“So that you be secure with God and simply know that I’ll at all times love you,” she added.
Gordon beforehand informed Nearer Weekly she nonetheless cherishes her reminiscences with Rogers.
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“It’s very upsetting after I begin speaking about him,” Gordon informed the journal whereas combating again tears.
“For 17 of 21 years, day-after-day, he was so candy,” she shared. “I at all times felt his complete focus was on me. If anybody wished something from him, he was wanting me within the eye and mentioned, ‘No matter she needs to do.’”
“I feel that when he turned 50, I didn’t have his full consideration anymore but it surely regarded like he nonetheless wished me right here,” the “Rosemary’s Child” actress continued. “His life is such an open ebook and after two years he felt this craving, this longing. He mentioned he felt like he was having a midlife disaster. He felt like his profession was fading.”
Gordon mentioned Rogers used to fret about his profession in nation music coming to an finish.
“Kenny used to say he had desires he would go to carry out and there wouldn’t be anybody within the viewers,” mentioned Gordon. “That was a nightmare to him. That was a repeated dream for him.”
Regardless of his insecurities, the “Hee Haw” star insisted Rogers “was a pleasure to dwell with.”
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“He was at all times in an excellent temper and had an exquisite humorousness about issues,” she mentioned. “And he actually didn’t change with fame.”
Whereas the connection finally got here to an finish, Gordon mentioned she nonetheless treasured their many pleased reminiscences collectively.
“The tip of a relationship like that may be devastating, however there have been many fabulous reminiscences,” mentioned Gordon. “I like to consider these. We had a candy youngster collectively and he’s 38 now.”
“I couldn’t say sufficient good issues about him and the way particular he was,” she continued. “So many individuals have known as to remind me of the fantastic issues Kenny did to assist his pals and mine, together with shopping for a automobile for a buddy’s mom. He was such a sort, good particular person.”
Rogers thrived for some 60 years earlier than retired from touring in 2017 at age 79. Regardless of his crossover success, he at all times most popular to be considered a rustic singer.
“You both do what everybody else is doing and also you do it higher, otherwise you do what nobody else is doing and also you don’t invite comparability,” Rogers informed The Related Press in 2015. “And I selected that manner as a result of I may by no means be higher than Johnny Money or Willie or Waylon at what they did. So I discovered one thing that I may try this didn’t invite comparability to them. And I feel folks thought it was my want to vary nation music. However that was by no means my problem.”
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Rogers is survived by his spouse, Wanda, and his sons Justin, Jordan, Chris and Kenny Jr., in addition to two brothers, a sister and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, his consultant mentioned.
The household is planning a personal service “out of concern for the nationwide COVID-19 emergency,” a press release posted early Saturday learn. A public memorial will likely be held at a later date.
The Related Press contributed to this report.