Dolly Parton Opens Up About Decision To Not Have Kids

Dolly Parton and her husband Carl Dean have been married for over half a century, and while they don't have children of their own, Dolly is happy to spoil everyone else's youngsters.

Recently, Dolly dropped in on 'The Oprah Conversation' to share with Oprah why she decided not to have children, but still finds extraordinary ways to satisfy her motherly instincts.

"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 that I can do things like "The Imagination Library."

If I hadn't had the freedom to work, I wouldn't have done all of the things I have done, and I wouldn't be in the position to do all of the things that I am doing now."

The loving, genuine, and magnetic 9 to 5 singer also shared another incredibly heartfelt moment when she talked about how her illiterate father inspired her to open up the Imagination Library, a charity that has donated 150 million books to young children.

"Daddy never had a chance to go to school, so he could never read or write," shared Dolly as she revealed that he supported his family through farming, construction work, and odd jobs. "Daddy was a very smart man...but he was ashamed that he couldn't read or write. That bothered him. He felt like he couldn't learn after he was grown. I remember thinking, 'I need to do something."

Although her father passed away in 2000, Dolly feels his presence as she continues to pioneer literacy programs through her charity.

"I always know he's up there somewhere thinking, 'You go girl. You done good'"

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