Why Dolly Parton Has Turned Down Performing at the Super Bowl Halftime Show Several Times

"I just didn't think I was big enough to do it — to do that big of a production," Parton told 'The Hollywood Reporter'

<p>Miller Mobley/NBC via Getty</p> Dolly Parton

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Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton has her reasons for turning down the Super Bowl halftime show.

The country singer, 77, told The Hollywood Reporter that she had been offered a chance to perform at the Super Bowl "many times."

“I couldn’t do it because of other things, or I just didn’t think I was big enough to do it — to do that big of a production," she told the outlet. "When you think about those shows, those are big, big productions. I’ve never done anything with that big of a production. I don’t know if I could have. I think at the time that’s what I was thinking.”

However the release of her new album Rockstar has her reconsidering the possibility of a halftime show performance.

“It would make more sense," the "9 to 5" superstar said. "That might change. I might be able to do a production show.”

<p>Michael Loccisano/Getty Images</p> Dolly Parton performs in Austin in March 2022

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Dolly Parton performs in Austin in March 2022

Related: Dolly Parton Says She Loves and Does 'Not Judge' the LGBTQ+ Community: 'How We Are Is Who We Are'

Elsewhere in the interview, Parton discussed transgender rights and the LGBTQ+ community at-large, saying she wants "everybody to be treated good."

"I try not to get into the politics of everything. I try to get into the human element of it," the country legend said. "I have some of everybody in my own immediate family and in my circle of employees."

She added, "I’ve got transgender people. I’ve got gays. I’ve got lesbians. I’ve got drunks. I’ve got drug addicts — all within my own family. I know and love them all, and I do not judge."

Parton also said that she sees "how broken-hearted they get over certain things" within the LGBTQ+ community and understands "how real they are."

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"I know how important this is to them. That’s who they are," the "Jolene" performer added. "They cannot help that any more than I can help being Dolly Parton, you know, the way people know me."

Parton concluded, "If there’s something to be judged, that is God’s business. But we are all God’s children and how we are is who we are."

Rockstar is due on Nov. 17 via Butterfly Records and Big Machine Label Group. The highly anticipated, 30-track record includes nine new songs and 21 covers of rock classics, and features collaborations with Chris StapletonElton JohnJohn FogertyMiley CyrusSheryl CrowStevie NicksSting and more.

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