Dolly Parton talks setting an example, says she does not 'want to be worshipped'

"I cringe at it sometimes," the singer said about celebrities being worshipped.

In recent years, Dolly Parton has made nearly as many headlines for her philanthropy as for her music.

She expanded her Imagination Library program, raised money for middle Tennessee flood victims and donated $1 million in 2020 to help fund the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Now, she's been named one of the 2021 People of the Year by People magazine.

But in an interview with the publication, Parton said she's hesitant to accept too much recognition for her good deeds.

"I don't want to be worshipped, because there's a scripture in my Bible that talks about idol worship," the singer said. "And I see that happening all the time with movie stars and these celebrities. People literally worship them more than they worship God. And I just -- I cringe at it sometimes."

Then there's the "pressure" that comes along with all that good press, the singer went on to say. Still, she admitted that she's happy to be able to set a "good example."

"But yeah, it's like, I am not all that," she said. "I'm glad that I stand for enough stuff to where I'm not the worst person in the world."

Parton also spoke about being a boss. "I try to rule with love and compassion," she told the outlet. "But also, there's a fine line that says, 'She's not a pushover.' I'm a fair and honest person."

"I like to be as friendly as I can and love the people that work with me and I like to have them love me," she added.

Other 2021 People of the Year include gymnast Simone Biles, actress Sandra Oh and National Teacher of the Year Juliana Urtubey.