Jealousy, regrets and a forbidden love: Loretta Lynn’s last words revealed

Jealousy, regrets and a forbidden love: Loretta Lynn’s last words revealed
Loretta Lynn died on October 4 (Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Americana Music)

HURRICANE MILLS, TENNESSEE: Loretta Lynn, the legendary singer known as the queen of country music, peacefully died on October 4 at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. During her final days, Lynn made some confessions and expressed her regrets while sending out love for her beloved family members.

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A close friend of the Lynn family told Radar Online that before dying, the ‘Coal Miner’s daughter’ singer shared some of the deepest secrets of her life, including her jealousy for her best friend Dolly Parton, the truth about her love for country music titan Conway Twitty and why she blamed herself for the death of darling son Jack.

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“Loretta had time to take stock of her life during her final days,” the family friend revealed. “She was proud of her tremendous accomplishments but kept some never-voiced secret sorrows she needed to unburden before joining her lost loved ones on the other side.” The friend added, “Her forbidden love for Conway was the heaviest of them all.”

American singers Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty performing at the fourth International Festival of Country Music, held at the Empire Pool, Wembley.
1st April 1972: American singers Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty performing at the fourth International Festival of Country Music, held at the Empire Pool, Wembley (Central Press/Getty Images)

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Loretta met Twitty in 1968 when she was already married to Oliver “Doo” Lynn, whom she wed at age 15. By the time she was 20, she had given birth to four of their six children. But she started falling out of love because of Oliver’s alcohol addiction and skirt-chasing. “Conway gave Loretta a shoulder to cry on, even though he was married too,” another friend told the publication.

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American country music singer and guitarist Loretta Lynn and her husband Oliver Lynn, Jr. (also known as Mooney) (1948 - 1996) at the Country & Western Music Awards, Hollywood, California, February 27, 1975. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American country music singer and guitarist Loretta Lynn and her husband Oliver Lynn, Jr. (also known as Mooney) (1948 - 1996) at the Country & Western Music Awards, Hollywood, California, February 27, 1975 (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

This emotional support brought them together and made them country music’s leading duo after they delivered a slew of No 1 duets, including their classic 'Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man'. “She and Conway deeply loved each other, and she was tempted to enter into an affair as payback for Doo’s cheating,” dished the pal.

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Further, the close friend revealed that the late singer also admitted to being jealous of her best mate Dolly Parton despite achieving every glorious milestone in her career. “She saw Dolly striving for a career as an actress, crossing over from country to pop music,” the friend said. “Loretta wanted that, too, but her acting career began and ended with a TV guest role on The Love Boat.”

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Portrait of American country music singer and guitarist Loretta Lynn as she sits outside in a chair, 1970s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Portrait of American country music singer and guitarist Loretta Lynn as she sits outside in a chair, 1970s (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The close pal said Lynn confessed that the biggest regret of her life was ignoring her mother Clary’s warning about buying her sprawling, 3,500-acre ranch with Doo in 1966. “Clary told Loretta she and Doo should pack up the family and get out of there,” said a pal. “She got the feeling the grounds were haunted and told Loretta if she didn’t move, one of her children would drown there.” Lynn admitted “she regretted not listening to her mother,” the friend revealed. “She went to her death believing her home was cursed.”

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