A new project called Dolly on Dolly: Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton contains interviews spanning five decades of Dolly Parton’s career. The book, just released, gives fans deep insight into the country music star’s life. While the book hasn’t been authorized or endorsed by Parton, it does include some shocking revelations about her past.
In particular, The Daily Mail reports that the country darling had an “affair of the heart” in the 1980s behind husband Carl Dean’s back. It ended in a heartbreak that nearly drove her to suicide.
Throughout the book, her lover is never named, but many believe him to have been her band leader Gregg Perry.
“I don’t think I’d have done it, killed myself, but I can’t say for sure,” Parton, whom is still married to Dean, allegedly continued. “Now that I’ve gone through that terrible moment, I can certainly understand the possibilities even for someone solid like me if the pain gets bad enough.”
“Dolly on Dolly” also goes into detail about her poor childhood, her experimenting sexually at a young age, how she feels about her iconic look and her struggles with binge eating.