Being a megastar in the music industry for decades is not easy, especially if you are a woman. Dolly Parton has opened up about the incredible price she had to pay for her success. Keep reading to find out more about the legendary queen of country and the difficult choices in her life!
Parton confessed that not having kids allowed her to have a successful career.
The 74-year-old star said, "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."
The "Jolene" singer's decision to not have children with her husband Carl Dean doesn't mean she doesn’t love kids. In fact, it gave her the opportunity to create fantastic charity programs like her Imagination Library that provides free books for children around the world.
Dolly was dreaming about a house full of kids, hoping to have six and even thought of their names. So her and Carl tried but despite their efforts she couldn’t get pregnant because she was suffering from an agonizing and rare gynecological condition.
At the early age of 36 she was forced to undergo a hysterectomy, ending her chances of conceiving a baby. The tragedy put Dolly into a terrible depression, and she even considered suicide.
The songstress believes that God didn’t plan for her to have children, so she could have freedom to work and help everybody’s kids. She had to make sacrifices but that’s what she meant to do with her life.