Living legend, Dolly Parton, has recently shared a dark side of her life. The undisputed 'Queen of Country Music' is now 71 years old, and has sold more than 100 million records. But she says that she once considered suicide and said her dog saved her from pulling the trigger.
Back in the early 1980’s, Dolly gained 50 pounds from binge eating. She was stricken with internal abdominal bleeding and received death threats that forced her to cancel a tour. Meanwhile, she was struggling to get over the nightmare of working with Burt Reynolds on the film, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.”
She says all of that, plus having her heart broken by a lover outside of her open, long marriage to Carl Dean nearly pushed her over the edge. She said, “I was sitting upstairs in my bedroom one afternoon when I noticed in the nightstand drawer my gun that I keep for burglars. I looked at it a long time... Then, just as I picked it up, just to hold it and look at it for a moment, our little dog, Popeye, came running up the stairs.”
She said, “The tap-tap-tap of his paws jolted me back to reality. I suddenly froze. I put the gun down. Then I prayed. I kinda believe Popeye was a spiritual messenger from God.” Dolly shared the story in an interview published in the new book, “Dolly on Dolly: Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton.”
Dolly also opened up about her love life, saying, “I always had an open mind about sex. We all did. It was not a vulgar thing. We didn’t know what we were doin', we just knew we weren’t supposed to let Momma and Daddy know it... I always loved sex. I never had a bad experience with it...”
Dolly says her trademark appearance with the big hair and tight clothes is a 'gimmick.' She said, “I’ve never thought of myself as being a sex symbol and I don’t want to have to be a beautiful woman... I want people to know it’s me when they see me coming and when they see me leavin'... So I figured I might as well look even more extreme.”
She says her famous breasts are real but she admits she had them lifted at one point. She’s also confessed to nips and tucks, liposuction, and collagen injections.
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