Dolly Parton addresses Britney Spears' conservatorship: 'I went through a lot of that myself'


Dolly Parton is speaking out about Britney Spears.

Spears, 39, has been embroiled in a nasty court battle over her conservatorship, which has seen her father Jamie oversee her life for well over a decade.

In recent weeks, a number of celebrities have spoken out in support of Spears and the #FreeBritney movement, which has called for her to be released from the conservatorship, as she has asked a court to do.

During Thursday’s episode of “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” Parton was asked for her take on the #FreeBritney movement.

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“Well, I try to not get involved in other people’s business. I think she is a wonderful artist and I think she’s a wonderful girl,” Parton, 75, said. “I only wish her the best.”

“I understand all those crazy things,” the “Jolene” singer continued. “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.”

The country legend said she understands “where [Spears is] coming from and how she feels.”

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“I hope that all turns out the way that it should,” Parton concluded.

In the 1970s, Parton was part of a musical duo with Porter Wagoner and eventually set her sights on a successful solo career. The two had a falling out and eventually, Wagoner filed a $3 million lawsuit against Parton in 1979 alleging breach of contract.

In the suit, Wagoner sough a hefty chunk of Parton’s income over the course of several years. 

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The suit was later settled out of court. It’s unclear just how much money was exchanged, but Parton has spoken about the ordeal, suggesting she paid him at least $1 million.

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During her “WWHL” appearance, Parton also spilled on several of her upcoming projects, revealing that she’s recorded a song with Reba McEntire and is “absolutely” going to appear on “Grace and Frankie” alongside her “9 to 5” co-stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda.



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