Dolly Parton & Reba McEntire's Long-Lasting Friendship Will Reportedly Never Change

An insider revealed to Closer Weekly recently that in spite of their popularity and fortune, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire's longtime friendship is never going to change.

"Reba and Dolly's relationship is all about history, sisterhood and respect," the source added. "They're both fully aware of their place in county music."

Although they are somewhat competitive in the show business, the longtime icons share a close bond and monitor each other over and over. 

Dolly Parton accepts the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year Award on February 8, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

Dolly Parton accepts the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year Award on February 8, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

CONNECTED IN SO MANY WAYS

The insider explained Reba and Dolly are associated with numerous points of view and that they are both women of faith. The country stars also keep each other in each other's prayers.

Reba and Dolly initially met in 1977 when Reba was playing the Grand Ole Opry for the very first time. Since that day, Dolly has been like a big sister to Reba.

Meanwhile, Reba has sweet recollections from her Grand Ole Opry debut, thanks in part to Dolly, as reported by USA Today. According to Reba, that night was memorable for her.

Reba McEntire at Omni Hotel on February 24, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. | Photo: Getty Images

Reba McEntire at Omni Hotel on February 24, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. | Photo: Getty Images

EXTRAORDINARY MOMENT

"It was so special. I was scared to death," she explained. "The Four Guys walked me on. Charlie Walker introduced me, and Dolly took one of my songs."

In 2019, the country stars co-host the 53rd CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood, as reported by USA Today. The country music's biggest night was a celebration of the genre's women during that time.

Reba and Dolly both have space in Kenny's heart.

Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton at the Ryman Auditorium on August 23, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. | Photo: Getty Images

Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton at the Ryman Auditorium on August 23, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. | Photo: Getty Images

PAYING TRIBUTE TO KENNY ROGERS

Recently, Reba and Dolly were among those who paid tribute to country music legend Kenny Rogers. He passed away on March 20, 2020, at age 81, Yahoo! reported.

Reba and Dolly both have space in Kenny's heart. In an interview with Southern Living, the "We've Got Tonight" singer once opened up about his favorite memory with Dolly.

Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers at The MGM Grand at Foxwoods on April 10, 2010 in Ledyard, Connecticut. | Photo: Getty Images

Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers at The MGM Grand at Foxwoods on April 10, 2010 in Ledyard, Connecticut. | Photo: Getty Images

The moment took place in 2013 when the pair were recording their duet, "You Can't Make Old Friends." Kenny said that Dolly put her arms around his neck, and she told him "Kenny, I think you should know I could never sing at your funeral."

Kenny shared he loves Parton for that. He added that people never recognize what she's going to say. However, it generally originates from love.

Reba McEntire and Kenny Rogers at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on April 12, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. | Photo: Getty Images

Reba McEntire and Kenny Rogers at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on April 12, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. | Photo: Getty Images

In another interview, Kenny said that he simply cherishes Reba and that for him, she's one of those rare personalities. He added that Reba makes him happy every time he sees her.

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