Dolly Parton has been married to Carl Thomas Dean for more than 50 years, since 1966, However, the couple never had any children. Many of her fans have often wondered why she and Carl never had any children. Dolly seems to have an answer for everything and says that God must have had other plans for them. She says that he wanted her to be everyone's mother.
Parton was one of 12 children so it would only be fitting for her and her husband to have a large family too, bringing up a lot of kids and raising them throughout their long marriage.
One thing is for sure, Parton has eight brothers and sisters who are younger than her. Five out of those eight younger brothers and sisters came to live with Dolly and Carl and they raised them together as if they were their own children. She says she was always close to her nieces and nephews too. She also says that now that her younger brothers and sisters have their own children and their children have their own children, she now has grandkids and great-grandkids because of them.