Dolly Parton has said she has worked hard to get to the top - and not had to sleep with anyone to get there.

The blonde country singer told how she rejected the advances of men who promised her a step-up the career ladder as she worked her way up to becoming a star.

"I did meet a lot of sleazy guys," she told the Mail on Sunday's Event magazine, adding: "But I never slept with anyone to get where I wanted to go."

"I had grown up with brothers and uncles so I understood the nature of men, and if they got out of line I would make it light-hearted and turn it into a joke."

The star, who is godmother to pop star Miley Cyrus, has been married to Carl Dean since 1966.

"Carl sees me today the way he first saw me. I'm not a star to him, and it has never dawned on me that I'm a star - I'm just a working girl," she said.

"I don't have maids or servants and my husband and I love waking up early and going to the 24-hour supermarket when there is nobody else there."