Loretta Lynn Emotionally Reflects on Marriage to Late Husband Doolittle on His Birthday: ‘He Was My Rock’

by Samantha Whidden

On Friday (August 27th) country singer-songwriter, Loretta Lynn, took to her Instagram to emotionally reflect on her marriage to her late husband, Oliver Vanetta “Doolittle” Lynn, on his birthday.

“The days have been long at the ranch lately. We’ve cried together and held each other a little tighter,” Lynn shared with snapshots of her and Doolittle together. “Sadly, you never know when you may lose the ones you love. It’s been tough here. Today is Doolittle‘s birthday.”

Loretta Lynn also revealed that she thought about Doolittle all day long. She reflected that while they fought hard, they also loved hard. “Nobody could make me madder than him. Nobody was in my corner more than he was. He was my rock.”

Loretta Lynn goes on to add that if he was alive, she and her family would be spoiling him today.

“Instead, we smile and think of all the memories that good times gave us. I love you, honey.”

Loretta was reportedly married for almost 50 years to Doolittle before he passed away at the age of 69 in 1996. The couple had six children together.  

Loretta Lynn Opens Up About Her Marriage Woes With Doolittle

In her 2002 autobiography Still Woman Enough, Loretta Lynn opened up about the ups and downs of her marriage to Doolittle. This includes him cheating on her multiple times. He was also an alcoholic. 

“I put up with it because of [our] six kids,” Loretta Lynn declared. “And I loved him and he loved me.”

She also shared that the marriage inspired some of her hit singles, including Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind) and Fist City. “Every song that I wrote, he didn’t know which lines were in there for him. But you can bet that half of it was about him,” Lynn admitted. 

Despite the couple’s well-known struggles, Lynn said Doolittle supported her through the years.

“I could never have done it on my own. Whatever else our marriage was back in them days… without Doo and his drive to get a better life, there would have been no Loretta Lynn.”

Lynn further stated that Doolittle pushed her every step of the way, which included starting with the time he bought her the Harmony guitar at Sears. He then told her to learn to play guitar and sing. “Shy isn’t the word for what I felt onstage. Terrified is more like it.”

Loretta then added that Doolittle is still someone that’s very much a part of her life. “I got to bed when I want to, I get up when I want, I eat when I want to. I miss Doo. I miss him a lot.”