Dolly Parton has sung some incredible songs – written by herself or performed with others. Whether it’s Jolene or Islands in the Stream, everyone knows and loves a song by the country star. She has been married to the same man for more than 50 years, with many wondering whether they had any children.
Does Dolly Parton have children?
Parton met her husband, Carl Dean, outside a laundrette in Nashville in 1964.
Speaking of their meeting to the New York Times in 1975, she said: “I was at the Laundromat, the Wishy-Washy – I’d come to Nashville with dirty clothes.
“I was in such a hurry to get here—and after I’d put my clothes in the machine, I started walkin’ down the street, just lookin’ at my new borne, and this guy hollered at me, and I waved.
“Bein’ from the country, I spoke to everybody. And he came over and, well, it was Carl, my husband.
Carl usually stays out of Parton’s public life, rarely attending events with her.
However, despite being married since 1966, the pair did not have children, for various reasons.
Speaking to The Guardian about not having children in 2014, Parton said: “If we’d had a girl, she was gonna be called Carla… Anyway, we talked about it, and we dreamed it, but it wasn’t meant to be.
“You always wonder. My husband and I, when we first got married, we thought about if we had kids, what would they look like?
“Would they be tall — because he’s tall? Or would they be little squats like me?”
In the end, Parton said she would have felt “guilty” about leaving children to go on tour, saying she wouldn’t have been “a star” if she had a family.
As well as these reasons, in the 1980s, Parton had a partial hysterectomy because of the pain of endometriosis.
In 2008, she opened up about it for the first time, telling The Globe: “It was an awful time for me. Every day I thought, ‘I wish I had the nerve to kill myself’.”
However, working with Sylvester Stallone on the film Rhinestone helped her come out of a deep depression.
She added: “Even though the movie didn’t do that well, that was one of my greatest projects because Stallone was so full of life and so crazy and funny, and he made me laugh a lot, which was really healthy for me. That got me back on track.”
Despite not having children of her own, she has nieces and nephews and is referred to by them as Aunt Granny.
She is also the godmother of pop star and actress Miley Cyrus.