Country music legend and gay icon Dolly Parton has reacted to rapper Lil Nas X’s version of her 1974 classic song, ‘Jolene’ in the most Dolly way.
Lil Nas X released the cover — recorded in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge — last week, and it had received more than 2 million views on YouTube as of Friday afternoon.
In a social media post Wednesday, Parton said she “was so excited” when someone told her that Lil Nas X had covered “Jolene.”
“I had to find it and listen to it immediately … and it’s really good,” she wrote, adding, “I was surprised and I’m honored and flattered. I hope he does good for both of us. Thank you @LilNasX.”
Lil Nas X quote tweeted that with the caption, “HOLY SHIT.”
HOLY SHIT https://t.co/8n1pAntF2O
— MONTERO 🦋 (@LilNasX) September 29, 2021
On Tuesday, Lil Nas X spoke to Andy Cohen on his SiriusXM radio show about the cover version.
“We originally were going to do a Nirvana song and then like, we were kind of goofing around and you know, like doing ‘Jolene’, it was like, wait a minute. What if we actually did ‘Jolene’?” Lil Nas X said.
“And I feel like, you know, the context to it, like completely changes as you just said, I was like, ‘Oh, that’d be really cool.’ So I went for it. Hey, [I] have like my history with country. So I was like, ah, this is perfect.”