Dolly Parton Confirms Longtime Tattoo Rumors: “They’re Tasteful… Ribbons And Bows And Butterflies”

Dolly Parton in a red dress
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After years and years of speculation, the cat is out of the bag.

In an exclusive interview with People, Dolly verified the longtime rumor that she does in fact have a good amount of tattoos, although she doesn’t have two full sleeves like folks tend to speculate. Dolly is known for always wearing long sleeves and hiding them, however some photos over the years have revealed that she probably has a few under there.

“I do have some tattoos, that’s true, but they’re tasteful. I’m not a tattoo girl.”

And while does have some, she also admits that many of them have begun as an effort to cover up a scar.

“My tattoos are pretty, they’re artful and they usually started out to cover some scar, not to make a big statement. Ribbons and bows and butterflies are the things that I have. I was very sick for a while and I had to wear a feeding tube. It left a little indention in my side and I didn’t like it because I’m so fair that scars turn purple on me.”

And Dolly also added that she’s well aware of all the other rumors that are floating around out there in the supermarket tabloids.

“Oh yeah! I always laugh at them. One shows up about every three years in the tabloids, where I’m bedridden because my boobs are so heavy that I’m crippled for life on my back. I just laugh. Well, they are heavy, but they haven’t crippled me yet.”

Dolly is the GOAT.

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