“Since I had no kids, and my husband was pretty independent, I had freedom,” said the country star.
Dolly Parton, who is a famous "mother figure" among celebrities, has finally opened up about what it means to her to not have children of her own. Known for her candor, Dolly Parton said that she knows how women cannot have it all, especially because they'll be forced to choose between their family and career. Parton strongly believes that her successful career is due to the fact that she doesn't have children. According to TODAY, Parton opened up about her journey to becoming the most famous country superstar in the world, and a brilliant businesswoman, all because she’s not a mother, during an interview with Oprah for The Oprah Conversation.
“Since I had no kids, and my husband was pretty independent, I had freedom,” she says in a clip. “So I think a big part of my whole success is the fact that I was free to work.” Parton and her husband Carl Dean have been married for over 54 years. During this time, she's also had to debunk a conspiracy theory that he didn't exist at all because he's always remained in the background. "A lot of people have thought that through the years because he does not want to be in the spotlight at all," Parton told Entertainment Tonight in October. The couple has been happy living their independent lives so far.
Despite not having children, Dolly Parton has been involved in the lives of millions of kids through her Imagination Library, which has given more than 100 million books to children from birth until they enter kindergarten. "And 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," Parton told Winfrey. "I wouldn't be in a position to do all of the things I'm doing now."
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Parton also announced that she has no plans to retire when asked if she had to make sacrifices during her career. "I've made sacrifices, but I think, like I said, I believe what I know I'm supposed to do," Parton said. "I've made the sacrifice of time ... and not having time to spend with family, and you give up family and friends, vacation, and work without end, 24/7, 365, but you got to make the sacrifice." Earlier this year, we reported about Dolly Parton and her successful marriage. She let everyone in on a little secret, admitting that being married for over five decades hasn't stopped them from having date nights.
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"We do! My husband and I, we've been together 56 years," says Parton, who met the Nashville businessman when she was 18. "We still have our little times, like in the springtime when the first yellow daffodils come out. Even if there's still some snow around it, my husband always brings me a bouquet. And he'll usually write me a little poem. Which to me, that's priceless. That's like a date in itself." Parton revealed how one of their first dates was at a McDonald's. Now, it's Parton who does the cooking. "I'll cook the stuff that I know we love. And I pack it up in a picnic basket. And then we'll go find some riverbank somewhere with our little camper, park, have a picnic."
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"Or we'll pull up to some little Days Inn motel, go in as long as the bed's clean and there's a bathroom. We just do our little things like that. Or I'll do a candlelight dinner. We don't make an issue of it. It's like certain days, you feel a certain way. And I'll say, ‘I'm going to surprise him. And we're going to have real cloth napkins and real crystal." If she had to share a secret to her successful marriage, it's how comfortable she is in her own skin. "And that's sexy. You may not want to dress or look like me, you can take from that to be yourself. I'm a very passionate person in everything that I do, and I think passion has great sex appeal. I think people are drawn to that because it's magic. It's energy. And I've always been a great lover because I'm passionate. I just feel my sensuality, my sexuality, my passion, and I don't have to apologize for any of that," she says.
dolly parton and carl dean on their wedding day, 1966 pic.twitter.com/asNm2mHz7A— vintage pics (@60spics) May 16, 2018