Elle King Hilariously Recalls the Time She Embarrassed Herself In Front of Dolly Parton

“I’m sorry Dolly, I love you,” King quipped.


Lauren Jo Black

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May 11, 2021


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Elle King recently returned to the stage with a live performance on the Country Now Live Series airing exclusively on CTRL_Music_ on Twitch.

Prior to her show, the “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” singer sat down with Country Now for a game of “First and Worst,” where she revealed the details behind her first and worst date, kiss, concert and more. 

When sharing the story behind her worst celebrity encounter, King revealed that it involved country queen Dolly Parton – but not in the way one might expect. 

“I embarrassed myself in front of Dolly Parton and she wrote me a letter and I was too embarrassed I couldn’t even write her back,” King explained.

She went on to offer Parton an apology saying, “I’m sorry Dolly, I love you. I’m just, I’m such an idiot!” 

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King also dished on her first celebrity encounter, which involved another music icon: Madonna. 

“I feel like my first celebrity encounter is unfair because I think because of my dad’s job I’ve been really lucky to like be around a lot of people and since my father was on SNL [Saturday Night Live] when I was a really young girl I was around the biggest people in entertainment,” the mom-to-be explained in reference to her father, actor and comedian Rob Schneider. 

“So, I think like the coolest first story is that Madonna held me at the end of an SNL,” she recalled. “You know how they all come out and like wave and stuff? Madonna held me and my dad told me that when I got in the cab with him later I said, ‘I miss Madonna,’ which is just like ugh I’m so extra.” 

Click above for more with Elle King and be sure to tune in to the Country Now Live Series each Wednesday on CTRL_Music_ on Twitch. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.