After appearing on the early show to perform “Jolene,” which went off without issue, King returned for the second show of the evening visibly intoxicated and started out her performance by slurring her way through Dolly’s “Marry Me” from her 2001 album Little Sparrow.
And of course, the story went mega viral, and Elle has subsequently canceled all of her previously-scheduled concerts until March. Elle nor her team have issued any sort of statement, and more importantly, an apology, for what happened, but I’m sure that’s coming eventually (hopefully).
But Dolly being the queen that she is has already forgiven Elle and moved on, and is encouraging others to do the same. In an interview with Extra over the weekend, Dolly gracefully explained that Elle is a “really great artist,” and she has been going through a lot lately.
She says that Elle “felt worse than anybody ever could,” and obviously, I don’t think Dolly took the fiasco personally at all (unlike her sister, Stella Parton):
“Elle is really a great artist, she’s a great girl. And she’s been going through a lot of hard things lately, and she just had a little too much to drink.
So let’s just forgive that and forget it and move on, ‘cuz she felt worse than anybody ever could.”
The queen has spoken, and I think we should all take note and follow her lead here. You can check out the interview below: