Elle King Breaks Silence 6 Weeks After Drunken Dolly Parton Tribute

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Roughly 6 weeks after she took the Opry stage drunk for a Dolly Parton birthday tribute, Elle King broke her silence on social media.

On January 22, Elle King joined a host of other stars to pay tribute to Dolly Parton on her 78th birthday. But, things unexpectedly went south when King took the stage, obviously under the influence, and proceeded to deliver a profanity-laced performance of of Parton’s hit, “Marry Me.”

Footage captured by attendees show the singer introducing herself and admitting that she was “hammered.” With slurred speech King told the audience that they weren’t going to get their money back. Footage of the appearance quickly went viral. Fans were equally offended by Elle King’s seeming disrespect for Dolly Parton and the Grand Ole Opry and concerned for her well being.

@auctioneergirl I think Elle King just ended here career. I cant imagine disrespecting Dolly at the @Grand Ole Opry on Dollys birthday 🤦🏼‍♀️ I hope Elle gets the help she needs cause this does not pass the vibe check. **This is not my video** • • • #thegrandoleopry #drunk #elleking #ellekingmusic #Tennessee #fyp #foryoupage #foryoupageofficiall #fypシ #fypシ゚viral ♬ original sound – AuctioneerGirl


Dolly Parton Reacts To Elle King Incident

In an interview with Extra, Dolly Parton responded to a question about Elle’s performance. The country legend asked fans to forgive the singer and move past the unfortunate incident.

“She’s a great girl, and she’s been going through hard things lately,” Parton said. “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.”

Elle King Breaks Silence Following Opry Performance

On Sunday, March 10, Elle broke her silence and sent a message to those who have supported her, and those who haven’t. In a video shared to social media, the 34-year-old is seen running up stairs in a stadium. Text overlayed on the clip reads, “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.”

The caption reads, “Oh no was my human showing🫶❤️🫂 #WWDD.”


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Two clips of Elle performing followed that showed her seemingly sober and sounding amazing as she performed at the C2C Festival in London. See those clips below.


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