In a new interview, the country music legend Dolly Parton opens up about why she believes “God didn’t let” her have kids. Parton, 77, said, “When you’re a young couple, you think you’re going to have kids, but it just wasn’t one of those burning things for me. I had my career and my music and I was traveling.” She continued, “If I’d had kids, I’d have stayed home with them, I’m sure, and worried myself to death about them.”
Parton previously said that she and her husband, Carl Dean, are glad that they never had children, adding that they believe “God has a plan for everything.”
The singer has always had a connection with children because she has a voice that sounds like something out of a nursery rhyme. She also shared that despite wanting children at one point, it wasn’t meant to be.
Parton further opened up about her decision not to have children in a 2020 interview with Oprah Winfrey. “I didn’t have children because I believed that God didn’t mean for me to have kids so everybody’s kids could be mine, so I could do things like Imagination Library because if I hadn’t had the freedom to work, I wouldn’t have done all the things I’ve done,” she said.
Though Dean has been married to the famous singer for nearly 58 years, he has always stayed out of the spotlight. Parton has acknowledged that some people have long believed that her husband is imaginary, but she clarified that he simply prefers to stay out of the spotlight.
Despite the country singer not having children of her own, she appears to have no regrets about it. She believes that not having children allowed her the freedom to lead the life she has.