Dolly Parton says she ‘rather’ be in her 70s than young again: ‘I mean that with all my heart’
Dolly Parton doesn’t let age get her down.
After turning 77 in January, Parton spoke to Insider about how she feels about aging and revealed why she doesn’t want to be young today.
The singer said she’s come to terms with the idea that “wisdom comes with age and you can’t stop aging or numbers.
“Honestly – and I mean it from the bottom of my heart – when I see young people today and what they are going through, especially in this day and age, I honestly would rather be that age than that age,” Parton said.
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Parton works in the music industry and is constantly exposed to the latest beauty trends aimed at looking younger, but she’s trying not to “fall into this thinking trap” about what she can do to fight the look of her age.
The legendary singer admitted she’s no different from “anyone who wants to stay 35 forever,” but she doesn’t spend her life thinking about her age and she doesn’t let that stop her from doing what she does want.
“The way I live, the way I work, the way I feel, I’ll make every moment count,” Parton said. “I might live to be 100 or die tomorrow, but whenever that is I will know that I died trying and I will know that I did everything I could to make the best of everything.”
“As long as I stay healthy, the numbers shouldn’t matter. I don’t feel my age, I don’t work my age, I don’t think about my age and hopefully I don’t look my age. she remarked.
After decades in the music industry, Parton was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in October 2022 along with Eminem, Duran Duran, Pat Benatar, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon and Eurythmics. Artists can be accepted after they have made a major impact on the music industry and have been in the industry for at least 25 years.
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The importance of being approached to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is not lost on Parton. In fact, it was something she felt she didn’t deserve when she was first asked to be included.
The “Jolene” hitmaker made headlines in March 2022 when she said she was “extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated” but had to “respectfully say goodbye” because she didn’t think she deserved the right to be to be nominated rock artists.
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“I’ve always believed that the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame is for the people in rock music, and I’ve found out lately that’s not necessarily the case,” she told NPR at the time. “I just felt like I was taking away from someone who might have deserved it, certainly more than me because I’ve never considered myself a rock artist.”
Other notable country music icons inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame include Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Hank Williams and Chet Atkins.
Parton has been a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame since 1999 and is also a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
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Over the course of her career, she has received a total of 53 Grammy nominations with 10 wins, including Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Jolene”, Best Bluegrass Album and Best Country Songs. song categories.
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