Marianne Gordon, the former wife of Kenny Rogers, shared her take on the late country singer’s relationship with country superstar Dolly Parton.
For years, rumors had swirled about a possible romance between Rogers and Parton. The two were longtime friends and colleagues.
But Gordon, 74, told Closer Weekly that despite the “sexual tension” between the pair, she was confident that nothing had ever happened.
“I never felt uncomfortable at all. I just knew him so well,” she said in an interview with the website. “But it’s funny that you say that. We had a tennis pro who traveled with us, Doug Dean asked me too. I told him Kenny said I like her [Dolly] as a friend and we have a great thing on stage. We’d lose it. There is sexual tension and teasing each other and it would screw it up.”
However, Gordon admitted she did suspect Parton of making a move on Rogers. “Dolly might have,” she said. “It’s entered my mind because she always said she thought like a man. I don’t mean it badly. Dolly is a fun girl.”
Gordon and Rogers got divorced in 1993. Rogers went on to marry Wanda Miller in 1997. She was his fifth wife.
“The end of a relationship like that can be devastating, but there were many fabulous memories,” Gordon told Fox News in March. “I like to think about those. We had a sweet child together and he is 38 now. I couldn’t say enough nice things about [Kenny] and how special he was. So many people have called to remind me of the wonderful things Kenny did to help his friends and mine, including buying a car for a friend’s mother. He was such a kind, good person.”
Kenny Rogers died of natural causes this March. He was 81.