Dolly Parton shares the real reason she has tattoos

Dolly finally addresses the rumors

September 24, 2020

There’s a few constants in life. Taxes, death, and gossip over whether or not Dolly Parton has tattoos.

The speculation can finally end as the Country legend finally revealed the truth. She has some ink.

"I do have some tattoos, that's true, but they're tasteful. I'm not a tattoo girl," she told PEOPLE.

Dolly isn’t oblivious to the rumors about her that have circulated for years. At this point, she says “I always laugh at them.”

"One, it 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,” she said.

Rumors of her tattoos have persisted for years with theorists suggesting she has full arm tattoos because she’s always wearing sleeves. Those rumors can be put to bed.

"My tattoos are pretty, they’re artful and they usually started out to cover some scar, not to make a big statement," she said. "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."

Dolly’s tattoos reflect her mindset. Turning an ugly experience into something positive.

"I like to make positives out of negatives. I had a little beehive tattooed over it — a little yellow-and-brown beehive with a tiny little bee on top of the hive. The mouth of it is that little sinkhole,” she said.

While she doesn’t have ink of her husband Carl Dean anywhere she joked that “he’s tattooed on my heart.”

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