Dolly Parton is an American icon known for her bold look, country music, and effervescent personality. But the joy you see today wasn't always there.
In a recently released book called Dolly on Dolly: Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton, the singer shares about a dark time in the 1980's when she considered committing suicide.
The Christian Post reports Parton had just had a bad break-up with an unnamed fling while also in an open relationship with her future husband, Carl Dean.
"I was sitting upstairs in my bedroom one afternoon when I noticed in the night stand drawer my gun that I keep for burglars," she says in the book. "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. 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," she adds.
It was the compounded weight of her depression and her battle with binge eating disorder that led her to consider killing herself.
"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."
Parton grew up with a tough childhood. The 71-year-old shared that she and her 11 siblings had to bathe in the river and regularly share a bed with three to four kids.
"That was the only warm thing we knew in the wintertime. That was our most pleasure to get peed on," Parton explained. "If you kept the air out from under the cover, the pee didn't get so cold."
But the childhood faith she was imparted to by her grandfather stuck with her.
"I keep all that stuff very close to my heart. I grew up knowing that Jesus loves me. And I knew that through God all things were possible. I grew up with those things that we just heard all the time. My grandfather was a really good preacher," Parton told CBN.
And she has kept her faith very public through her career.
"People say, 'Well, I am surprised that you talk about your faith,' and I say, 'Why not? That's who I am. That's what keeps me going,'" Parton said. "Any time I write something that is just a line that I know didn't come from me, I just sort of say, 'Hey, give me a high five, Lord. Give me a thumbs up.'"
Thank God that He kept Dolly from killing herself! She is a blessing to our country! Do you agree?