Dolly Parton Admits She Was About To Take Her Own Life, Then God Intervened
FaithTap Staff 5/15/2017
Dolly Parton is a force to be reckoned with even at the age of 71. Her music career, her business ventures like Dollywood, and her charity work showing her love for the community, makes her not just an all-round superstar but also a super-human being!
Really, what's not to love about Dolly?
Having been in the lime light for so long however, it is not hard to imagine that there are things that Dolly has said and done that have been long forgotten.
A new book edited by Randy L. Schmidt, which hit the bookshelves in May, compiles some of the lost, forgotten, and best interviews with Dolly from the decades past, discussing everything from life to her career.
The book which is aptly titled - Dolly on Dolly: Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton (Musicians in Their Own Words), includes one particular story that we couldn't resist sharing.
This incident as told by Dolly, goes back to the 1980s when her marriage to husband Carl Dean was on the rocks. Dolly had fallen in love with someone else, but even that was about to end in tears.
This loss of love on both ends had led to desperation and loss of complete hope. Dolly remembers in that bottom of the bottom moments, she reached for a gun she kept around for personal protection. In Dolly's words:
"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, out little dog, Popeye, came running up the stairs ... The tap-tap of his paws jolted me back to reality, I suddenly froze. I put the gun down."
What she did next was pray to God and promise that she would never again have such thoughts of harming herself no matter how desperate things got! And about her dog Popeye, Dolly says:
"I kinda believe Popeye was a spiritual messenger from God ... I don't think I'd have done it, killed myself, but I can't say for sure. Now that I've gone through that terrible moment, I can certainly understand the possibilities even for someone solid like me if the pain gets bad enough."
Dolly's story of how she rose to fame and riches from poverty is nearly a universal example of how hard work, talent, and determination can pay off.
"You have to believe in something bigger than yourself. We grew up believing that through God all things are possible. I think I believed that so much that I made it happen."
In her early life we are sure that she had many struggles, but sometimes the struggle with love is the deepest that can drive an individual to do unexpected things.
Dolly and Carl Dean did indeed survive that rocky phase and have been married for 51 years! It seems that Dolly's spiritual intervention gave her a new perspective on how to deal with pain and how to believe in the bigger picture once again.
Sources: People, CBN News FB Image Credit: Flickr/Lane Pearman, Flickr/Eva Rinaldi