You will rarely hear Dolly Parton talk about her over half-of-a-century relationship with her husband, Carl Dean. Still, in one interview, the Queen of Country opened up about why they never had children and how that decision has impacted her life.
Dolly Parton explained that not having kids had given her the chance to achieve her dreams as a country superstar and focus more on her legendary career. “Since I had no kids, and my husband was pretty independent, I had freedom,” Parton said. “So, I think a big part of my whole success is the fact that I was free to work.”
Though at some point, Parton admits she used to regret not having kids.
“You always wonder. My husband and I, when we first got married, we thought about if we had kids, what would they look like?” she said. “Would they be tall—because he’s tall? Or would they be little squats like me? If we’d had a girl, she was gonna be called Carla.”