Elle King Speaks Out After Drunken Dolly Parton Tribute Performance: ‘I’m Human’

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Elle King is focusing on herself after facing criticism for performing drunkenly at a tribute concert for Dolly Parton’s birthday earlier this year.

In January, King, 34, was one of several country stars who took the stage at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, to celebrate Parton’s 78th birthday. There, he gave a controversial performance that included, according to a TikTok from an audience member, “about 15” facial expressions. King also slurred some of his words while on stage, forgot the lyrics to Parton’s “Marry Me” and admitted to getting “hammered“.

The “Ex’s & Oh’s” singer addressed the incident on Instagram on Sunday by posting a video of herself workout and sprinting up and down the musical venue’s stands.

“To everyone sending me love because I’m human and already talked to Dolly 💅 I love you,” she writing over the video. “To everyone who told me to k*ll myself I love you too.”

In the post’s caption, King saying, “Oh no was my human showing🫶❤️🫂,” and added a hashtag, “#WWDD,” Apparently standing for “What would Dolly do?”

King postponed and rescheduled a number of concerts for later this year in the days that followed the Parton tribute show.

The updated schedule for the concerts in Shipshewana, Indiana; Waukegan, Illinois; Harris, Michigan; and Dallas, Texas was posted on her Instagram Story.

“Your tickets will be valid for the new dates. If you can’t make the new date, refunds are available at the point of purchase,” she wrote. “See you there!”

Parton, 78, later reflected on the incident and came to King’s defense in an interview with Extra as she issued a plea to “forgive” him.

“Elle is really a great artist. She’s a great girl, and she’s been going through a lot of hard things lately,” Parton remarked. “And she just had a little too much to drink, so let’s just forgive that and forget it and move on, ’cause she felt worse than anyone ever could.”

Earlier this month, King returned to the stage for the first time since the incident at the Extra Innings Festival in Tempe, Arizona on January 22.

She later went on to perform at a number of shows including her most recent performance in Glasgow on Saturday. On her Instagram story, King said the Scotland tour stop was “a dream come true!”

“Best night. Best place,” she wrote on a video she reposted from the stage.

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Esme Mazzeo joined usnewsdaily in 2023 as a writer-editor on the weekend team. She previously served as an entertainment reporter at Business Insider specializing in TV and covering shows like Grey's Anatomy, Sister Wives and Virgin River.Esme has over a decade of experience covering entertainment, lifestyle and cultural news.
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