Dolly Parton Fans Duped by Faux TikTok Account Her Rep Calls 'Doctored'
Update: The impersonator account was removed from TikTok after it was discovered to be an unverified user and not the real artist. Her rep told TODAY that the impersonator lifted a previous video and "doctored it," imploring fans to "take a closer look" at what had been posted. A TikTok spokesperson also confirmed the video was removed for violating the platform's community guidelines around impersonation.
The country queen, 75, is the latest celebrity to join the popular video-sharing app. Parton posted her first video to TikTok Sunday, bouncing onto the screen in a bright yellow top with matching blue-and-yellow patterned flared pants to deliver an uplifting message for her fans.
"Why hello, I guess I'm on TikTok!" Parton began her first post. "I just dropped in to say that it will be okay."
Parton then launched into a sweet song, telling her followers, "If I can do it, so can you ... I believe in you."
Parton's arrival on the app was met with an outpouring of joy, with fans and followers celebrating her very first video.
"This cured my acne, paid off my debt, healed my psoriasis and fed my soul," one user wrote in the comments.
"DOLLY YOU CANNOT JUST CASUALLY SHOW UP LIKE THIS I AM UNDERDRESSED AND UNPREPARED," another added.
One simply wrote, "MY LIFE IS COMPLETE."
Parton already has over 680,000 followers and one million likes on the app (and counting), where she posts under the handle @itsdollyparton.
Parton's TikTok debut is just the latest addition to the "Jolene" singer's eventful year. She began 2020 by ringing in her milestone 75th birthday in January and later got her very own Strawberry Pretzel Pie ice cream flavor from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in March.
"Have you ever met anyone who doesn't love Dolly Parton? I never have," Cyrus, 28, wrote. "Dolly is not only my idol because of her incomparable career — she's also my role model because of her steadfast morals and values. At her core, she is the definition of a humanitarian."
She added, "She's also the world's most impeccably purposeful walking contradiction, having developed her iconic look after being inspired by the town tramp. Now she's known as a saintly, even godlike, figure."