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Elle King Breaks Her Silence After Drunken Dolly Parton Tribute Performance: 'I'm Human'

The singer addressed the performance on Instagram Sunday

<p>Kevin Mazur/Getty for ACM</p> Elle King.

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Elle King.

Elle King is focusing on herself after she received backlash when she performed drunk at a tribute concert for Dolly Parton’s birthday earlier this year.

Back in January, King, 34, was one of multiple country stars who took the stage at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, to celebrate Parton’s 78th birthday. There, she gave a controversial performance that included “about 15” expletives, according to one TikTok from an audience member. King also slurred some of her words while on stage, forgot the lyrics to Parton’s “Marry Me” and admitted to being “hammered.”

Now, on Instagram Sunday, the “Ex’s & Oh’s” singer addressed the incident as she shared a video of herself running up and down the stands of a concert venue during a workout.

“To everyone sending me love because I’m human and already talked to Dolly 💅 I love you,” she wrote over the video. “To everyone who told me to k*ll myself I love you too.”

In the post’s caption, King said, “Oh no was my human showing🫶❤️🫂,” and added a hashtag, “#WWDD,” seemingly standing for “What would Dolly do?”

Related: Dolly Parton Announces Surprise New Music for Her 78th Birthday: 'Going to Give You a Present'

In the days that followed the Parton tribute concert, King postponed several concerts and rescheduled them for later this year.

She shared the new dates on her Instagram Story for shows in Shipshewana, Indiana; Waukegan, Illinois; Harris, Michigan; and Dallas, Texas.

"Your tickets will be valid for the new dates. If you can't make the new date, refunds are available at the point of purchase," King wrote. "See you there!"

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Parton, 78, later weighed in on the incident and came to King’s defense in an interview with Extra as she issued a plea to “forgive” her.

“Elle is really a great artist. She’s a great girl, and she’s been going through a lot of hard things lately,” Parton said. “And she just had a little too much to drink, so let’s just forgive that and forget it and move on, 'cause she felt worse than anyone ever could."

<p>John Medina/Getty </p> lle King performs during the Extra Innings Festival at Tempe Beach & Arts Park on March 1, 2024 in Tempe, Arizona

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lle King performs during the Extra Innings Festival at Tempe Beach & Arts Park on March 1, 2024 in Tempe, Arizona

Earlier this month, King returned to the stage for the first time since the Jan. 22 incident at the Extra Innings Festival in Tempe, Arizona.

She later went on to perform at a string of shows, with her most recent performance in Glasgow on Saturday. On her Instagram Story, King said the Scotland tour stop was “a dream!”

“Best night. Best place,” she wrote over a video she reposted of her on stage.

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