Country Singer Loretta Lynn's Birth Certificate Scandal Is Even Sillier Than Obama's

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Coal Miner's DaughterMove over President Obama, there's a new birth certificate controversy in town. And this one is even sillier. It turns out Country singer Loretta Lynn has been lying about her age for years.

Ahem. She is a celebrity. And a female one at that. This is what these ladies do! The real surprise here is that people are shocked at all. Shocked, specifically, that this means Lynn was not married at 13-years-old, a bit of her life story that made the biopic Coal Miner's Daughter so affecting.

But to all the people calling her out as a big fat phony today, I have to ask. Are you people crazy?

According to the "real" birth certificate scrounged up by the Associated Press, Loretta Lynn was actually 15 when she got married. And now we're supposed to believe that this discrepancy somehow "undermines" (the word being bandied about by the media today) the Sissy Spacek/Tommy Lee Jones hit movie's storyline. The way people are talking today, it's as if her whole sad tale of growing up in abject poverty in Appalachia is suddenly the American dream.

She was still a child even with those extra few years, folks. If you don't think so, go ahead, find your 15-year-old daughter a matchmaker, and get her hitched. Not game? Yeah, me neither.

OK. She lied. Loretta Lynn is now 80, not 77. That sucks. But a little perspective for you folks:

Loretta Lynn got married to Oliver Lynn at FIFTEEN, an age at which American kids (because they are still kids) can't drive, vote, drink, sign a contract, drop out of high school ... I think that's enough to drop this from "scandal" level down a few notches. 

Is this Loretta Lynn birth certificate news really a scandal? Or is it much ado about nothing?


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javak... javakitty2011

I agree, she was still a child but regardless, who really cares how old she was when she got  married? Good grief, that was eons ago. Doesn't change a thing about her accomplishments

Heath... HeatherMazzone

I see no difference between a 13 year and a 15 year old. Do people really think a couple years somehow made her more ready for marriage? She was still a kid.

ali-bear ali-bear

Same thing.

Shandi80 Shandi80

So, not to be rude, but who cares? Its not like she is the president or anything.

jessi... jessicasmom1

does not change a thing about her as a artists and  her wealth of life.

kebates kebates

Did she lie, or did the movie change it to 13 to make for a crazier story?  Not sure why she or her parents would aim to make her younger in order to get married. 

nonmember avatar Tammy

Much To do about nothing!! A lot of celebs from the older generation (esp. women) have umm... "fibbed" about their age by a few years- usually to make them younger or to whatever suited their purpose! I don't think it is done as much now-days because of the internet ect.. so that is prob. why some people are shocked! She was still a young girl when she got married so her story is pretty much the same!

Tiko Puerto

no big deal. I know here music coz my dad listened to her for years while I was growing up. I really didnt even remember she was suppose to be 13. Well 15 still makes her a child bride. Also, back then a lot of people in those parts didnt have the best record keeping.

nonmember avatar Larenda Johnson

She has enriched the world with incredible talent and has been an inspiration to generations. Who knows what advice she was given by publicists 65 years ago. And shouldn't the public be relieved to know she was 2-3 years OLDER when she stopped going to school? I must be missing something in terms of why this isn't GOOD news.

Serpe... SerpentsKiss

I don't see why the age thing is such a big deal. It's over and done with. She stayed married to that man until the day he died.

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