Dolly Parton, recently spoke out against longstanding rumors about her personal life, particularly those alleging infidelities in her marriage.
Married to Carl Dean since 1966 and having renewed their vows on their 50th anniversary, Parton has faced numerous rumors, including supposed affairs with fellow celebrities such as Sylvester Stallone and Burt Reynolds, her co-stars in "Rhinestone" and "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," respectively.
In a revealing interview with Saga, Parton humorously addressed these rumors. She expressed her amusement and disbelief at the variety of rumors she has encountered over the years, saying,
“I’ve heard so many crazy rumors about me through the years.” Among the most outlandish she recalled were claims about her health and the state of her marriage. “The worst stories were ones saying that my back was broke because my boobs were so heavy!” she laughed during the interview.
Parton also discussed how her husband Carl has always taken these rumors in stride, treating them with a sense of humor rather than offense. “He’s always treated these things tongue-in-cheek and he’ll say, ‘Hell, I’d feel bad for any man that didn’t fall in love with her,’” Parton shared, highlighting the light-hearted approach they both take towards such gossip.
Reflecting on her life choices, Parton spoke about her decision not to have children, a decision she does not regret. She admitted,
“I haven’t missed it like I thought I might,” and explained her perspective on child-rearing, saying, “If I’d had kids, I’d have stayed home with them, I’m sure, and worried myself to death about them. With everything that’s going on, I’d hate to be bringing a child into this world right now.”
In addition to addressing these personal topics, Parton revealed an interesting anecdote about having to turn down an invitation for tea with Kate Middleton during her last visit to London.
Due to her packed schedule, she couldn't accept the invitation but wanted to ensure people knew she didn't decline out of disrespect.
“I was honoured and flattered that she even asked me,” Parton said, showing her respect and admiration for the Duchess of Cambridge.