WASHINGTON (AP) — Toby Keith acknowledges that he's the type to hold a grudge.
The 47-year-old country singer says certain things can be forgiven, "but if you're gonna tell a lie about me, and then back it up like it's the truth to try to make your star brighter ... yeah, I've got a problem with that."
Keith has been in a number of public feuds over the years, including spats with Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines and actor Ethan Hawke.
He says he deals with "haters" every day and usually doesn't listen to them twice.
"If you can't do as well as I'm doing, then the only thing you can do is take shots at me, but that's expected," he says.
And Keith is doing well. Forbes magazine recently named him No. 3 on the annual list of country music's top moneymakers, with $52 million. He's got a new clothing line, restaurant franchise and endorsement deals, and a successful touring schedule.
He makes no apologies for being outspoken — especially when it comes to the military.
"Anytime people are gonna put their life in jeopardy to make my world advance forward, I'm gonna pat 'em on the back," he says.