Soon after learning of the death of Whitney Houston, singer and songwriter Dolly Parton posted a comment on her blog:
“Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston. I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song, and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed.”
She tweeted out the link to the message on her Twitter account, adding the hash tags, #iwillalwaysloveyou and #whitney.
Does that sound like a dis to you? It apparently did to someone.
TMZ reports that Parton “is eating her words” and “took a lot of flack” (from who, it’s not clear) for labeling the song “hers.”
Parton, who spent time in Atlanta last year filming the movie “Joyful Noise,” did pen the song, in the 1970s, although Houston’s cover of it, for the “Bodyguard” movie soundtrack, is no doubt the better-known version. It was the song that Jennifer Hudson sang in Houston’s honor at the Grammy Awards.
TMZ says Parton is “loosening her grip” on the song and sent them a statement saying, “I did not know Whitney, nor any of her family personally; but she will always be a part of my heart and I will always be grateful for her awesome performance and success with our song.”
Do you think any apology or clarification was necessary here?
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