American singer, Dolly Parton says not having children made her successful

Dolly Parton.
Dolly Parton.

Multiple award-winning American singer, Dolly Parton has revealed that the decision to not have kids is responsible for her success.

The 74-year-old Dolly Parton has been married to Carl Dean for 54 years but the couple never became parents.

Talking to Oprah Winfrey in her upcoming interview for Apple, Dolly is asked whether she has made sacrifices in her career.

“I’ve made sacrifices but I believe that I know what I’m supposed to do. But you’ve got to make the sacrifice,’ the Jolene chanteuse explains.

“Since I had no kids, and my husband was pretty independent, I had freedom.

“So I think a big part of my whole success is the fact that I was free to work.”

Dolly also feels she wasn’t ‘meant’ to have children, adding: “I didn’t have children because I believe that God didn’t mean for me to have kids so everybody’s kids could be mine, so I could do things like the (book gifting program) Imagination Library.

“If I hadn’t had the freedom to work I wouldn’t have done all the things I’ve done and I wouldn’t be in the position to do all the things I’m doing.”

Dolly also spoke of her husband and how she gets asked if he’s actually real.

She shared: “A lot of people have thought that through the years because he does not want to be in the spotlight at all.

“It’s just not who he is. He’s like, a quiet, reserved person and he figured if he ever got out there in that, he’d never get a minute’s peace and he’s right about that.”

Dolly has made a concerted effort to keep her husband out of the limelight during her career.


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