Dolly Parton Discusses Her Decision Not To Have Children Of Her Own on “TODAY”

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As Dolly Parton is making the rounds to promote her first-ever children’s album, I Believe In You, she stopped by the “Today” show to talk to Matt Lauer about the project.

The conversation began with Matt and Dolly talking about her children’s album and Imagination Library project, when Matt broached the subject with Dolly about her decision to not have children.

“God has a plan for everything, but I’ve said, ‘I think it was His plan for me not to have kids so everybody’s kids could be mine. And they are now,” Dolly explained.


They are because Dolly created the Dolly Parton Imagination Library where she sends age-appropriate books to children, ages newborn to Kindergarten, to foster reading in children and so she could ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income. The foundation is approaching the milestone of giving away its 100 millionth book in the coming weeks.

It’s pretty well known that children of all ages love Dolly Parton. When asked why they seemed to be drawn to her, Dolly was quick with the reason.

“I just love kids. I have that high-pitched voice, I’m over-exaggerated, I look like mother goose or one of those over-exaggerated cartoon characters and kids just kind of relate to that,” she said.

Or it could be her kind soul, her big heart or hilarious sense of humor —there are just too many reasons why all of us kids love Dolly.

I Believe In You is available now.

Lisa Konicki
A New Yorker that made her way to the South, Lisa got her love of country music from her dad, who always played the classics. However, her love of fried pickles, a southern staple, came from Blake Shelton, who made her try her very first one. With 20 years experience in the music biz—previously at the helm of Country Weekly Magazine —Lisa loves to de-stress by going to the movies, playing and watching sports or just being outdoors.

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