Elle King Speaks Out Following Inebriated Dolly Parton Tribute: ‘I’m Only Human’

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Elle King Breaks Silence on Drunken Dolly Parton Tribute: ‘I’m Only Human’


Elle King is taking time for self-reflection after facing criticism for her intoxicated performance at a tribute concert honoring Dolly Parton’s birthday earlier this year.

In January, the 34-year-old singer was among several country artists who graced the stage at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, to commemorate Parton’s 78th birthday. However, her performance stirred controversy, with reports of approximately “15” expletives and slurred speech, along with forgetting the lyrics to Parton’s “Marry Me,” all while admitting to being inebriated.

Addressing the incident on Instagram Sunday, King shared a video of herself engaged in a workout routine, running up and down the stands of a concert venue.

In her post, she wrote, “To everyone sending me love because I’m human and already talked to Dolly 💅 I love you. To everyone who told me to k*ll myself I love you too.”

In the caption, King reflected, “Oh no was my human showing🫶❤️🫂,” and included the hashtag “#WWDD,” seemingly referring to “What would Dolly do?”


Following the Parton tribute concert, King made the decision to postpone several upcoming shows, opting to reschedule them for later this year.

She took to her Instagram Story to announce the new dates for concerts in Shipshewana, Indiana; Waukegan, Illinois; Harris, Michigan; and Dallas, Texas.

“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,” King assured her fans. “See you there!”

Parton, aged 78, subsequently addressed the incident and extended her support to King during an interview with Extra, urging people to “forgive” her.

“Elle is truly a fantastic artist. She’s a wonderful girl, and she’s been facing a lot of challenges lately,” Parton expressed. “She simply had a bit too much to drink, so let’s forgive and forget, and move forward, because she felt more regret than anyone could imagine.”


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

Subsequently, she embarked on a series of shows, culminating in her most recent performance in Glasgow on Saturday. Sharing her excitement on her Instagram Story, King described the Scotland tour stop as “a dream!”

“Best night. Best place,” she enthused over a video repost of her on stage.