In Dolly Parton’s endlessly fascinating world
And as revealed in the 2017 book Dolly on Dolly: Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton, which is made up of magazine interviews given throughout her career and interviews “never before available in print,” she admitted that marriage was “completely open and free”. According to extracts from the Daily Mail. But that openness led to a secret “affair of the heart” and “it almost killed me”.
Nor is she exaggerating. The heartbreak was so painful that Parton revealed that she had once thought of killing herself. “I was sitting up in my bedroom one afternoon when I noticed my gun in the nightstand drawer, which I keep for burglars. I looked at it for a long time … Then just as I was picking it up just to hold it and look for for a moment our little dog Popeye came running up the stairs, “she said, according to the Daily Mail. “The pounding of his paws pulled me back to reality. I suddenly froze. I put the gun down. Then I prayed. I kind of believe that Popeye was a spiritual messenger from God.”
She continued, “I don’t think I would have done it, killed myself, but I can’t say for sure. Now that I’ve been through this terrible moment, I can understand the possibilities even for someone who is solid me when the pain gets bad enough. “