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Dolly Parton went through a “dark time” when she found she couldn’t have children

Country idol Dolly Parton has admitted she went through a “dark time” when a partial hysterectomy put her hopes of having children to an end.

The 65-year-old singer – who has been married to Carl Dean for 45 years – underwent a partial hysterectomy after collapsing on stage at the age of 36, and admits she initially struggled to come to terms with the fact she would never have a family of her own.

She said, “Suddenly I was a middle-aged woman. I went through a dark time, until I made myself snap out of it.”

Dolly has always been dedicated to her career and insists she was never tempted by a wild party lifestyle because she didn’t want to jeopardise her success.

“I’ve always been very sensible, because I believed in my talent and I had a clear idea of what I wanted out of life,” she says.

“I’ll drink if it’s a special occasion, but I never wanted to take drugs that could fry my brain.

“I got married when I was 20 and my husband is very straight, so I just never got into any of that.

“I knew I couldn’t do anything to mess up work or stop me writing songs.”

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