Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton may have created pure magic with their duet ‘Islands in the Stream’, but all their public flirting and fawning was only that and never went any further. How could that be, especially in the music industry, where promiscuity is often the name of the game? Well, Kenny will tell you.
“We flirted with each other for 30 years, and it was much more electric,” explains Rogers in an interview with Dan Rather, airing Tuesday on AXS TV. “I think once you consummate a relationship like that, it loses something. And she and I both believe that theory, so we did some massive flirting in front of the nation, but there was never anything more than that.”
Aw, well that’s sweet. They’re still friends to this day, in fact, and got together for another duet last year on ‘You Can’t Make Old Friends’. So why does Kenny love Dolly so much? (You know, besides the obvious reason: she’s THE BEST.)
“Dolly has no filter – if it goes in her mind, it comes out her mouth, she doesn’t stop to think ‘Maybe I shouldn’t say this,’” he says. “She came over and put her arms around me and she said, ‘Kenny, I just want you to know something; I could never sing at your funeral’ and I said, ‘So we’re assuming I’m going first, is that what you’re saying?’ But that’s what’s so wonderful about her, if she thinks it, she says it.”
Too true! Kenny Rogers is a true gentleman.