For 48 Years, Loretta Lynn Stayed Faithful To Her Husband In The Face Of His Cheating & D’rink’ing

For 48 Years, Loretta Lynn Stayed Faithful To Her Husband In The Face Of His Cheating & D’rink’ing

Loretta Lynn is a living country music icon. With a career spanning six decades, it’s no surprise that Lynn has made her mark on the music industry and has shown people what it really means to be a legend. As a singer and songwriter, Lynn has inspired many people to follow her path toward a career in country music and has also given fans ample amounts of amazing songs and records.

Lynn was born on April 13, 1932, in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky. She grew up in a big family and was quick to make a family of her own, finding love at the young age of 15. Her relationship with Oliver Vanetta Lynn – also known as Doolittle, Doo or Mooney – served as the inspiration for many of her songs.

Some of Lynn’s most famous songs include “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man),” “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” The latter was also the name of a 1980 biographical film about Lynn from her early life in a poor family, to getting married at 15 years old, to becoming a world-renowned country music star. Lynn went on to receive endless awards and accolades for her trailblazing ways in the entertainment industry, specifically as a female country music singer and songwriter. In fact, she’s the most awarded female country recording artist.

However, many people are still enthralled by Lynn’s marriage to Doo. She stayed with her husband for 48 years despite many issues along the way. Read on to find out more about their love story.

Lynn knew she found love at a very young age. In fact, she was only 15. According to Biography, Lynn and Doo married on January 10, 1948, after only knowing each other for a month. Doo was 21 years old at the time. The pair were certain that they were meant to be together, though, and it was a match that would last a lifetime. They went on to build a beautiful life and family together with two sons and four beautiful daughters.

Lynn found not only a lover in Doo; she also found her number one fan and supporter. Doo was there for her when no one else was. He was the person who was there from the very beginning of her career, cheering her on before she became established and later a legend.

According to Fabiosa, Doo was actually the one who encouraged Lynn to become a singer after buying the potential star her very first $17 guitar, even though she didn’t know how to play it at the time. With Doo behind her every step of the way, Lynn started playing music and singing in small, local spots until she finally made it big in the country music scene.

However, Lynn and Doo’s relationship was far from perfect. In her memoir “Still Woman Enough,” Lynn shed some light on what her 48-year marriage to Doo was like. According to CBS News, Lynn wrote about how her late husband was an alcoholic, was unfaithful, spent her hard-earned money and abused her. Fabiosa reported that Doo even left her once while she was giving birth to their child.

“I put up with it because of six kids,” Lynn explained. “And I loved him and he loved me.” Lynn also said that she was able to protect herself through all of her husband’s violent tendencies.

TIME reported that some radio stations banned Lynn’s 1968 song “Fist City,” which is about the women Doo pursued while Lynn was away on tour. However, Lynn didn’t understand why. “Oh, I couldn’t figure out why they thought it was bad,” she said. “I just wrote about the everyday thing that was happening.”

Lynn also talked about how she would sing songs about physical abuse with a smile on her face, and how she was perceived because of her outer demeanor. “Other women underestimated me,” she said. “If you can’t fight for your man, he’s not worth having.”

Despite the troubles in their marriage, Lynn loved Doo up until his death in 1996. CBS News reported that she lives in a house behind the larger home they used to share outside of Nashville. However, she never felt comfortable in the bigger house as that’s where the women Doo had affairs with stayed. Still, Lynn was sad to be without her husband of almost 50 years. “I miss Doo,” she admitted. “I miss him a lot.”

Lynn said, “I married Doo when I wasn’t but a child, and he was my life from that day on. But as important as my youth and upbringing was, there’s something else that made me stick to Doo. He thought I was something special, more special than anything else in the world, and never let me forget it.”

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