Dolly Parton — I Didn’t Mean to Diss Whitney Houston, ‘I Will Always Love You’ Is OUR Song

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Dolly Parton
is eating her words after calling “I Will Always Love You” HER song — despite it being made famous by Whitney Houston — and now tells , she”s happy to share it with the late R&B legend.

Dolly took a lot of flack after her previous statement following Whitney”s death — “I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song.”

But Dolly”s loosening her grip on her country classic — telling us, “I did not know Whitney, nor any of her family personally; but she will always be a part of my heart and I will always be grateful for her awesome performance and success with our song “ (emphasis hers).

Dolly adds, “My heart is with Whitney and her family as they lay her to rest … I Will Always Love You.”

Dolly”s original version of the song was released in 1974. Whitney famously covered the track in 1992 for “The Bodyguard.”