Dolly Parton Reacts To Lil Nas X’s Cover Of ‘Jolene’ In The Best Way

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.”

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.”