74-year-old Marianne Gordon said she had reasons to believe that Parton and Rogers' friendship might have been put to test at some point.
Legendary singer-songwriter Kenny Rogers, who tragically passed away last month at the age of 81, spent years collaborating with fellow country music icon Dolly Parton. Their irresistible chemistry has been in talks for decades, despite the fact that the two never actually dated. However, this didn't stop rumors of the two having a romantic relationship over the years. Many fans were jealous of the connection Parton shared with Rogers, but his ex-wife Marianne Gordon was not one of them. "I never felt uncomfortable at all," confessed the actress during a recent interview with Closer Weekly.
"But, it’s funny that you say that. … Kenny said, ‘I like her 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,'" Gordon added. However, the 74-year-old said she had reasons to believe that Parton and Rogers' friendship might have been put to test at some point. "Dolly might have [made a move though]," revealed the former Hee Haw star, according to Fox News. "It’s entered my mind because he always said she thought like a man. I don’t mean it badly. Dolly is a fun girl."
Gordon insisted that she had complete faith in her ex-husband. "He sincerely felt they had a cute thing going, and if anything happened between them, they’d ruin that," she added. The pair met in 1974 and reportedly tied the knot in 1977. In 1981 they welcomed their son, Christopher Cody Rogers, before parting ways in 1993. Rogers went on to marry Wanda Miller in 1997 and the two remained together until his death on March 20, 2020. Despite his marriage with Miller, some fans believed that there was something going on between him and Parton, according to the outlet.
The three-time Grammy Award winner finally spoke out about his relationship with the "Jolene" singer and put all the rumors to rest. "One of the things that affect a relationship when you’re working with someone is your upbringing and your background," said Rogers, during an episode of Dolly. "She’s a very special person who has a very special place in my life." Following the death of the country crooner, his long-time pal Parton took to Instagram and paid a heartwarming tribute. You never know how much you love somebody until they’re gone, read the caption of the video that Parton had posted.
I’ve had so many wonderful years and wonderful times with my friend Kenny, but above all the music and the success I loved him as a wonderful man and a true friend. So you be safe with God and just know that I will always love you, dolly, it continued. In a 2017 interview with TODAY, Parton and Rogers cleared the air about their friendship with the "I will always love you" singer saying, "You know what, we were almost like brother and sister and it would almost be like incest. So we just never went there." During a previous interview with Closer Weekly, the Rosemary's Baby actress said she still has fond memories of the time she got to spend with Rogers. "It’s very upsetting when I start talking about him," she said fighting back tears. "For 17 of 21 years, every day, he was so sweet."
"I always felt his total focus was on me. If anyone wanted anything from him, he was looking me in the eye and said, 'Whatever she wants to do,'" she continued. Even though Gordon and the "The Gambler" singer weren't together at the time of his death, she still holds fond memories of Rogers, who passed away peacefully at home from natural causes surrounded by his loving family. "I couldn’t say enough nice things about him 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," she added.