Marianne Gordon had her own reasons to believe that the friendship between Rogers and Parton might have been put to test at some point.
Legendary singer-songwriter Kenny Rogers, whose demise at the age of 81 dampened all our moods, spent many years collaborating on musical projects with fellow country artist and icon Dolly Parton. Their undeniable chemistry was a well-known phenomenon for several decades. In fact, they were so close both on stage and off that you'd be truly surprised to have heard that they never actually dated.
Of course, that didn't stop people from speculating that the two were having a romantic relationship over the years though. As many heartbroken fans were jealous of the connection that Parton shared with Rogers, his own ex-wife Marianne Gordon was actually not too concerned about it. "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 during their years together, saying, "He sincerely felt they had a cute thing going, and if anything happened between them, they’d ruin that." The two of them had met way back in 1974 and were said to have gotten married in 1977. Four years later, they welcomed their first child, Christopher Cody Rogers. Gordon and Rogers got divorced in 1993 before the latter went on to marry Wanda Miller in 1977. Rogers remained with Miller until his death on March 20, 2020. Even during his marriage with Miller, several fans believed that there was something going on between him and Parton, the outlet noted.
Rogers, a three-time Grammy Award-winner even spoke out about his relationship with the "Jolene" singer in an attempt to put 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.
The caption read: 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. Recently, in a 2017 interview with Today, both Parton and Rogers cleared the air about their friendship in a rather sweet way. The "9 To 5" singer said, "You know what, we were almost like brother and sister and it would almost be like incest. So we just never went there."
Gordon had earlier given another interview with Closer Weekly where she had said that she has the fondest of memories in 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 Rogers 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.