Dolly Parton invested her royalties from Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ Cover in Black community

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Dolly Parton has revealed what she did with the royalties she earned from Whitney Houston’s cover of ‘I will Always Love You’.

Sitting in the hot seat of Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live, the legendary ‘Jolene’ singer was asked about the best thing she had ever bought using the royalties from the 1992 cover that she originally wrote and recorded in 1973.

The 75-year-old said, “I bought my big office complex down in Nashville. So I thought, ‘Well, this is a wonderful place to be.

“I bought a property down in what was the Black area of town, and it was mostly just Black families and people that lived around there. It was off the beaten path from 16th Avenue and I thought, ‘Well, I am gonna buy this place — the whole strip mall.’ And I thought, ‘This is the perfect place for me to be,’ considering it was Whitney.

“I thought this was great — I’m just gonna be down here with her people, who are my people as well. So I just love the fact that I spent that money on a complex and I think, ‘This is the house that Whitney built.’ “

According to Forbes, Dolly earned around $10 million in royalties from the song throughout the ’90s alone. The ‘9-5’ country singer continues to earn money from the cover to this day.

You can watch Dolly talk about it near the end of the video below!