Country singer Dolly Parton is known for quite a few things: her legendary singing career, for one. She’s also a fierce advocate for childhood literacy, a strong friend of the LGBTQ community, and a stunning actress, and she’s famously never had children.
The singer and her husband, Carl Dean, have been asked about why they don’t children over and over throughout her storied career. She’s given answers about how she’s a great aunt or how she loves children but it just didn’t happen for them. Dolly has opened up even more about why she and Carl never had kids.
In an interview with Billboard, she once explained it like this, “Early on, when my husband and I were dating, and then when we got married, we just assumed we would have kids.”
“We weren’t doing anything to stop it,” she continued. “In fact, we thought maybe we would. We even had names if we did, but it didn’t turn out that way.”
There are a few reasons why parenthood just wasn’t meant to be for the two.