Dolly Parton Shares the Heartwarming Reason Behind Choosing Not to Have Children
Country music icon Dolly Parton, renowned for her timeless music, recently revealed the poignant reason behind her decision to remain childless with her husband Carl Dean. Despite a profound connection with children, Parton explained that it was fate guiding her towards a different path.
In an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show, Parton discussed her first children’s album, “I Believe in You,” and her philanthropic work with kids through the Imagination Library charity, which has distributed nearly 100 million free books to young children.
Parton expressed the belief that her purpose was to be a mother figure to all, not just to her own children. “God has a plan for everything. I think it probably was his plan for me not to have kids so everybody’s kids could be mine. And they are now,” she shared during the interview.
While Parton had previously admitted to regretting not having children, she has since found solace and fulfillment in her close relationships with younger siblings, nieces, and nephews. “Now that Carl and I are older, we often say, ‘Aren’t you glad we didn’t have kids? Now we don’t have kids to worry about,'” she revealed to Billboard.
Parton, 71, attributes her natural affinity with children to her distinctive appearance and voice. “I have that high-pitched voice… I look like Mother Goose or one of those over-exaggerated characters, and kids just relate to that,” she explained to Lauer.
Describing herself as being in her “second childhood,” Parton deemed it the perfect time to release children’s songs, with all proceeds from the album going to support Imagination Library. The full interview can be watched on Today.com, offering insight into the multifaceted world of the beloved Dolly Parton.
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