Country legend Dolly Parton is pretty headstrong and self-confident, which has undoubtedly led to her success in the music industry.
Dolly Parton joined Reba McEntire’s podcast “Living & Learning” to touch on why she doesn’t let other people’s opinions impact her.
“Well, I don’t think I ever did care because I always knew who I was, and God knows who I am, and it hurts my feelings because I’m a very sensitive person.”
Dolly Parton is Unstoppable
Parton says that when she started her music career in her early teens, she admits she was sensitive to negative chatter, but it never slowed her down.
“Early on in my career, things that were said and some things that were true, some that were not, but even if they were true, it still hurt if they said it a certain way. But I just really– I cannot let that stop me. I cannot– like I said, it hurts my feelings, but it doesn’t stop me.”
In addition, the wise 75-year-old artist says that she will correct herself when she can. Otherwise, it is no longer her problem.
“I think about what people say, though, in case there is a certain amount of truth in it, and I try to correct that. And if I see that it’s just BS, I just go on to think, ‘well that’s their problem, not mine.'”
Stuck To Her Guns
As for making it in the music industry, Dolly Parton says that she has stayed strong and stuck to her guns when it came to men pressuring her.
“I’ve had to go up against many a good ole boy and say no, ‘I’m not doing that, just because you said.’ I’m not doing anything that I don’t feel right about in my heart. And it’s like all of the people that said they have made it to the top, by however they make it. I’ve never slept with anyone I didn’t want to. I never had to do anything.”
Truly an icon. Way to prove that you don’t need a man, honey!
Well, kind of. Dolly Parton has been married to Carl Dean since 1966. Still, a strong, independent woman no less.