Dolly Parton recently shared that she was unaware Beyoncé was putting her own twist on “Jolene,” describing it as a bold move by the singer.

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Dolly Parton mentioned, “She wasn’t going to go beg some other woman like I did,” reflecting on her own experiences with the song “Jolene.”

Beyoncé’s revamped lyrics for “Jolene” came as a surprise to many, including Dolly Parton herself. Although Parton was aware that Beyoncé was covering her 1973 country hit for her Cowboy Carter album, she confessed to E! News that she didn’t anticipate Beyoncé’s unique interpretation of the song. Despite the unexpected twist, Parton expressed admiration for the modern update.

“Well, I think it was very bold of her,” Parton shared with E! News. “When they said she was going to do ‘Jolene,’ I expected it to be my regular one, but it wasn’t. But I love what she did to it.”

Parton also emphasized the songwriter’s perspective, noting, “As a songwriter, you love the fact that people do your songs no matter how they do them.”

In a playful introduction for Beyoncé’s version of “Jolene” on Cowboy Carter, Parton humorously remarked, “Hey, miss Honey Bey. It’s Dolly P. You know that hussy with the good hair you sang about? Reminded me of someone I knew back when. Except she has flaming locks of auburn hair. Bless her heart. Just a hair of a different color, but it hurts just the same.”

Dolly Parton expressed her admiration for Beyoncé’s confident reinterpretation of “Jolene,” particularly noting the updated lyrics that assert Beyoncé’s own strength and resilience. In Beyoncé’s version, she changes the line “please don’t take my man” to “I’m warning you, don’t come for my man,” and emphasizes that Jolene poses no threat to her relationship.

Beyoncé sings, “Takes more than beauty and seductive stares/To come between a family and a happy man. Jolene, I’m a woman too/The games you play are nothing new/So you don’t want no heat with me, Jolene.”

Parton expressed her appreciation for Beyoncé’s bold approach and how she made the song her own, highlighting the Grammy-winner’s confident new lyrics.

Dolly Parton, 78, further elaborated on Beyoncé’s reinterpretation, emphasizing the assertiveness and defiance in Beyoncé’s rendition. Parton humorously contrasted Beyoncé’s approach with her own experience, stating, “‘Don’t steal my man.’ S—, get out here, bitch. You ain’t stealin’ mine.”

This isn’t the first time Parton has expressed her admiration for Beyoncé’s version of “Jolene.” Having long hoped for Beyoncé to cover the song, Parton celebrated its release on social media, specifically X (formerly known as Twitter), on March 29, exclaiming, “Wow, I just heard Jolene. Beyoncé is giving that girl some trouble and she deserves it!”

Dolly Parton was quick to offer her congratulations to Beyoncé when she achieved the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Chart in February. Parton expressed her excitement for Beyoncé’s venture into country music and her admiration for the singer, stating in a statement shared on Instagram, “I’m a big fan of Beyoncé and very excited that she’s done a country album. So congratulations on your Billboard Hot Country number one single.”