Country singer Dolly Parton has been receiving hate mail in reaction to her increasing gay following, according to reports.

American paper USA Today claim Ms Parton has been targeted because of her largely gay male fan base. She said: “Having a big gay following, I get hate mail and threats.”

The star has received an Oscar nomination for the song Travelin Thru for the movie Transamerica, which she will sing at the ceremony next week.

She added, “Some people are blind or ignorant, and you can’t be that prejudiced and hateful and go through this world and still be happy. It’s all right to be who you are.”

Meanwhile, the 60 year old revealed she has spent over £1 million on improving her cleavage. She said: “My cleavage isn’t insured for £1million – that’s how much it costs to keep them up and looking good.”