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Dolly Parton shelves gay dance album plans

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Dolly Parton shelves gay dance album plans

Dolly Parton has pushed back plans for a gay dance album since bigger projects keep popping up.

The Jolene singer revealed she was working on a record geared towards the LGBT community back in 2014, but hasn't given fans an update on the project since divulging her original intentions.

Now that she recently kicked off her first major North American tour in over 25 years to promote her new Pure & Simple album, fans will have to wait even longer for the gay-centric record.

"Every time I start to work on that, something else comes up, like this big tour," she tells U.K. newspaper The Guardian. "I'll have to put that dance album on the shelf again. But one day I promise you I will get that out. One of the songs is I’m a Wee Bit Gay. It’s a fun, tongue-in-cheek type of song. I promise I’ll get it out."

And the country legend is well aware of the amount of fans she'll be disappointing since she has a strong following in the LGBT community, something she admits is still a mystery to her.

"I don’t really know why for sure," she confessed while reflecting on her doting gay audience. "I'm just happy it is. I've often said people don't come to see me to see me, they come to see me to see them. I've been around so long, so a lot of people grew up with me. I feel more like a family member or an aunt or an older sister or a friend. They know I'm a little different myself.

"I've fought for the right to be myself, so that is one of the reasons that the gays and lesbians relate to me. They know that I appreciate everybody for who they are. We are who we are, so why can’t we be allowed to be that? I ain’t out to preach no sermons, I’m just out to do my work, sing my songs and write them, and love people and share them."

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