Elle King Opens Up About Dolly Parton Tribute Mishap: 'I'm Only Human

Elle King's recent Instagram post sparks a wave of support.

by Nouman Rasool
Elle King Opens Up About Dolly Parton Tribute Mishap: 'I'm Only Human
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In a heartfelt Instagram post this Sunday, Elle King addressed her controversial performance at Dolly Parton's 78th birthday tribute concert held at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. The event, which took place in January, saw King facing criticism for her onstage demeanor, including the use of profanity and apparent intoxication.

The "Ex's & Oh's" singer openly admitted to being "hammered" during her rendition of Parton's "Marry Me," leading to a significant backlash from both fans and critics alike. In her social media update, King, 34, shared a video of herself engaging in a vigorous workout at a concert venue, accompanied by a message of resilience and love.

"To everyone sending me love because I’m human and already talked to Dolly ? I love you," she stated, expressing gratitude towards her supporters. Her message also extended compassion to those who criticized her harshly, saying, "To everyone who told me to kill myself I love you too."

King's Reflective Hiatus

The caption of King's post, "Oh no was my human showing????," along with the hashtag "#WWDD" ("What would Dolly do?"), reflects a moment of introspection and a humorous nod to the legendary country singer's influence.

The incident led to a brief hiatus for King, who postponed several concert dates. These shows, set to take place in various U.S. cities including Shipshewana, Indiana; Waukegan, Illinois; Harris, Michigan; and Dallas, Texas, have been rescheduled for later this year, with King assuring fans that their tickets will remain valid for the new dates.

Dolly Parton herself came to King's defense in the wake of the incident. In an interview with Extra, the country music icon called for understanding and forgiveness, praising King as a "great artist" and a "great girl" who had simply overindulged.

"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," Parton urged. Despite the controversy, King made a triumphant return to the stage at the Extra Innings Festival in Tempe, Arizona, earlier this month, marking her first performance since the January incident.

She continued her tour with enthusiasm, recently performing in Glasgow, Scotland, where she described the experience as "a dream" and "the best night" on her Instagram Story.

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