There's never been a doubt that country legend Dolly Parton loves kids. In 1986, she partnered with Jack and Pete Herschend to open an amusement park, Dollywood, in her hometown of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The singer-songwriter wanted to create a place where families could escape to and have a good time, while helping her fulfill a childhood promise she made to her father, Robert.
The park's proceeds go towards Parton's children's reading initiative called Imagination Library. The program caters to children from birth until the age of five, and participants receive one free, hand-selected book every month.
Parton and her husband of 51 years, Carl Thomas Dean, also helped raise many of Parton's younger siblings, which earned her the nickname "Aunt Granny" by her nieces and nephews. She is also godmother to pop star Miley Cyrus, whose father, Billy Ray, became close to Patron after working together on the song "Romeo."
But despite it all, people still wonder why the 71-year-old never had children of her own. She has opened up about the topic in past interviews, and said admitted that she doesn't regret her decision.
"Now that Carl and I are older, we often say, "Aren't you glad we didn't have kids?" she told Billboard. "Now we don't have kids to worry about."
The "Jolene" singer did not really explain why they made that choice in these particular interviews, but she did reveal the real reason behind her decision in a previous chat with The Guardian.