Dolly Parton Weighs In On Britney Spears’ Conservatorship Battle: “I Went Through A Big Lawsuit In My Early Days With Porter Wagoner”

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Dolly Parton is weighing in on the #FreeBritney movement.

Britney has been a popular topic of public opinion lately, as she’s been going through a tense battle with her father over her conservatorship. It has allowed her dad, Jamie Spears, to essentially control her life for over a decade.

At 39 years old, Britney has asked the court to release her from the conservatorship, though they have yet to come down on a final decision.

Last Thursday, Dolly appeared on an episode of  Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, and a viewer wanted to know what she thought about the whole ordeal.

Of course Dolly, who typically doesn’t get involved in politics or current events, played it coy and touched on the fact that the knows a little bit about what Britney is going through in terms of getting out on her own:

“Well, I try to not get involved in other people’s business. I think she is a wonderful artist and I think she’s a wonderful girl. I only wish her the best.

I understand all those crazy things. I went through a lot of that myself – through a big lawsuit in my early days with Porter Wagoner trying to get out on my own.

I understand where’s she’s coming from and how she feels.

I hope that all turns out the way that it should.” 

Back in the 1960’s, Dolly got a coveted spot on The Porter Wagoner Show, and the two of them worked together as a duo for seven years singing and filming the show together. It thrust Dolly into the national spotlight and launched her decades-long career in the country music business.

She’d always promised him she would spend five years on the show, and after that time was up, she wanted to start a solo career. Unfortunately, it led to a falling out and a huge legal battle.

Porter filed a $3 million lawsuit against her in 1979, alleging a breach of contract. Eventually, it was settled out of court.

The two reconciled years later and remained close friends until he passed in 2007.

Check out Dolly on “WWHL”:

And for old times sake, the dynamic duo Dolly and Porter singing “Run That By Me One More Time” on The Porter Wagoner Show in 1973:

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