Since I had no kids, and my husband was pretty independent, I had freedom.
She continued: "So I think a big part of my whole success is the fact that I was free to work."
Parton then explained that she didn't have children so that "everybody's kid" could be hers.
She said: "I didn’t have children because I believed that God didn’t mean for me to have kids so everybody’s kids could be mine, so I could do things like Imagination Library because if I hadn’t had the freedom to work, I wouldn’t have done all the things I’ve done."
She added: "I wouldn’t be in a position to do all of the things I’m doing now."
Thankfully, Parton's freedom to work means that the Imagination Library has changed countless lives.
The free children's book gifting scheme currently sends 1.3m books to children every month and has been credited for improving literacy rates.