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Dolly Parton once contemplated suicide when she realized she'd left it too late to become a natural mum.

The country star, 64, suffered a terrible bout of depression when the menopause hit in the mid-1980s and she seriously thought about taking her life.

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Parton tells the Globe, "I went through a dark time -- it lasted several months.

"Then one day, I just said to myself, 'Right, get off your fat butt, or if you really are suicidal, then go and shoot your brains out.'"

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And the singer reveals her depression was intensified by regrets she had about not having kids with husband Carl Dean.

She adds, "I think I would have made a nice mama. I always thought I'd have kids. We tried to for so many years, and then I put it on hold because my career was doing so well and I was on birth control pills."

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But Parton has come to terms with the sadness of not having kids and admits working with children's charities has helped her fill the void in many ways: "I thought, "Maybe God didn't want me to have kids so that everybody else's kids could be mine."