D Dolly Parton was Andy Cohen’s only guest on a recent episode of “Watch What Happens Live,” and the Bravo host asked the Country music legend about her take on the #FreeBritney movement. Parton says she relates to Britney’s situation after going through something similar. “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. So I understand where she’s coming from and how she feels. So I hope that all turns out the way that it should,” said Dolly.
Porter, who was a mentor and a business partner of the up-and-coming star, sued her for $3 million for breach of contract in 1979. Dolly says he got her first million dollars. It didn’t damage their relationship, Dolly wrote her 1973 hit, “I Will Always Love You” after leaving The Porter Wagoner Show to pursue a solo career. Dolly was by Wagoner’s side when he died in October of 2007.
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