PEOPLE – Loretta Lynn’s Granddaughter Tayla Lynn Revisits Her Darkest Days: ‘If I Wasn’t Sober, I Wouldn’t Be Here’

By Tricia Despres July 08, 2021 06:05 PM

Tayla Lynn can still remember the night she stayed out till sunrise, only to find her grandmother — the legendary Loretta Lynn — standing in the doorway, wearing both a bathrobe and a scowl.

“She was not happy,” remembers Lynn with a slight chuckle during a recent interview with PEOPLE. “If I was going to stay out, I’d always call. But this time, I didn’t. And Memaw made it quite obvious that she wasn’t going to play that game. It was a, ‘You might do that to your mama, but you are not going to do that here’ sort of thing. She required respect and I learned that pretty quick.”

But as the years went by, there would be nights filled with more and more disappointment, as the daughter of Loretta’s son Ernest Ray would fall into the hereditary handcuffs of addiction.

“There was a time when I didn’t want to wake up and see tomorrow,” Lynn, 44, admits. “When you’re hiding from God, the last thing you want to do is see the sunrise.”

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