Reba Says Dolly Parton’s Number Is Off-Limits To Everyone, Even Her Closest Friends
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Dolly Parton is one of the most beloved and recognizable country artists to ever exist, but she is also the hardest to reach – even for her closest friends.
In a recent interview on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, Reba McEntire was asked about the last text messages she and Dolly had exchanged. The “Fancy” singer replied that they have never corresponded by text, and that nobody texted Dolly.
“Dolly does not text,” Reba told Cohen who asked if the legend emails. “No. Fax,” Reba replied.
Reba shared that she once asked Dolly’s dear friend, Kenny Rogers, if he had her phone number and he said “no.”
Reba’s statement corroborates Miley Cyrus’s statement that she also only communicates with Dolly Parton via fax. Miley, who happens to be Dolly’s goddaughter, said in a 2020 interview with Graham Norton that Parton used a fax to invite her to sing a duet.
“She faxed me,” Cyrus said before adding that she doesn’t even own a fax machine. “So, she gets upset when you don’t respond. And it’s like, ‘I’m sorry, I don’t … I don’t even know,’ Half the people watching your show might not even know what a fax machine is.”
Dolly confirmed the statements in a recent appearance on The View where she shared that even her good friend Kenny Rogers couldn’t contact her on a moment’s notice.
“Kenny Rogers used to aggravate me about it. I said, ‘Look, I’ll send you a message by carrier pigeon if I need to get in touch with you. You always seem to know how to reach me when you want something.’” Dolly said before adding that she never wanted to get “involved in all that because it would take up too much of my time if I talked to everybody that was trying to get in touch with me.”
Dolly said that she simply tells people to fax or call and she will call them back when she has a chance.
Hear Dolly talk about her decision to keep technology to a minimum in the clip below.