Country music legend Dolly Parton opened up in a candid virtual interview on the Today Show with Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on Thursday. She discussed how things are going for her and her family in quarantine. She also talked about the death of her good friend and former duet partner, fellow country icon Kenny Rogers, who passed away on March 20 at the age of 81, according to Today.
Parton appears to have a way of somehow finding a silver lining in every dark cloud. While she said that Rogers’ death was not only shocking for her but heartbreaking, she also described how she was able to find peace in the wake of his passing. The “Jolene” singer has mourned his death and is now able to look back with joy at the good times they had together, as she explained.
“When Kenny passed away, it caught me by surprise. I knew he wasn’t doing well, but it was just like I lost someone so close to me it just broke my heart. It just shocked me. I was very emotional about it for several days, and then I kind of put it in a peaceful place knowing that he’s at peace. I’ll always treasure what we had together.”
Parton is among many who have had to rearrange their plans and hunker down at home in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. Nevertheless, she has been making the most of her time at home by working on a project that is particularly special to her — the Imagination Library.
Beginning this Thursday at 7 p.m., the country star will read aloud and record a bedtime story that will later be posted to various social media pages, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Parton hopes that this will be a calming activity that children can enjoy during this otherwise stressful and unprecedented time.
“I thought this would be a wonderful time with kids having to be stuck at home with their parents, (and) the parents being stuck with kids,” she explained.
Parton’s reading series will begin with the classic book The Little Engine That Could, which she felt was appropriate for what is going on in the world right now.
The singer also discussed how she and her husband of 54 years, Carl Dean, are getting along while living in such close quarters. She jokingly noted that they avoid conflict by staying in separate rooms when necessary, in order to get some space.
As The Inquisitr previously reported, Parton has said that she believes this pandemic is an excellent opportunity for one to take stock of their faith in God.