Parton believes "God didn't let her have children so that I could be the parent of every child."  

According to Dolly Parton, she has no regrets about not having a child.  

The 77-year-old country music icon said, "I haven't missed it like I thought I might," to Saga Magazine for their January issue. "Having children is something you assume you'll do when you're a young couple, but for me, it wasn't a burning desire. In addition to traveling, I had my music and career." 

Parton went on to say that given the status of the world today, she would worry about raising a child.  

"If I’d had kids, I’d have stayed home with them, I’m sure, and worried myself to death about them," she said. "With everything that’s going on, I’d hate to be bringing a child into this world right now." 

She nevertheless still feels a connection to kids despite this. Through her Imagination Library initiative, which was started in 1995,  

the "Jolene" singer has given more than 220 million books to children worldwide in addition to her great-nieces and great-nephews, for whom she plays "Granny Claus" in a Santa suit every Christmas.  

She told the magazine, "I always say God didn't let me have children so that all kids could be mine." 

Since 1966, the 77-year-old has been wed to Carl Thomas Dean. 

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