We were so excited to see legendary country singer Dolly Parton’s TikTok debut that most of us didn’t stop to ask whether it was real.
We have bad news, folks.
Parton made her debut on her TikTok page over the weekend. But now, it’s been revealed that the video was a doctored clip from her archives.
In the clip, the star walks into the frame with a brightly colored guitar and piano. She also includes a greeting.
“Well, hello. I guess I’m on TikTok! I just dropped in to say that everything’s going to be OK, you keep the faith, and to remind you that I’ll be on tonight reading you a story at seven o’clock Eastern time.”
Afterwards, it turned into a musical as she continued to sing the words to her 2017 children’s album I Believe In You.
“If I can do it, so can you. […] I believe in you!” In the video, she spoke.
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The profile quickly got hundreds of thousands of followers within hours of being published. The profile has been removed from this platform.
In conversation with TODAY, a spokesperson for Parton confirmed that the page was not an official account for the singer and that the clip was modified.
The spokesperson noted that an unverified TikToker had obtained an old video from Parton’s Imagination Library website and altered the video.
Parton fans discovered that the Parton story she was referring about reading at 7 p.m. ET was actually a fragment from an older Imagination Library video.
TikTok also issued a statement regarding the incident and said that the video had been removed due to its violation of community guidelines about impersonation.
Despite the hopes and dreams of another legend joining the world of TikTok begin to crumble down, it’s safe to say that the person who edited the video did a quality job of making something look real.