Dolly Parton and her husband, Carl Dean, have been married for more than 50 years now. Dolly’s legal name is Dolly Parton Dean, however, she still uses her maiden name onstage and on screen. That is why not many know that she is actually married. Carl Dean is reclusive and he doesn’t like being in the spotlight. The man used to be the owner of an asphalt paving business and allegedly has seen his wife perform only once.
Stella Parton, Dolly’s sister, says that her brother-in-law is a recluse, but that it is not a bad thing! “When it’s important stuff family-wise, he’s there — weddings, births, and funerals. But he doesn’t care a thing about all the public stuff. It’s not his bag at all, and we respect that,” she says. “He thinks of all that as foolishness. But he doesn’t say anything about us doing it because ‘That’s what the girls do.’ That’s the way he says it.”
Parton was only 18 years old when she met Dean at Laundromat. Dolly’s mom was the only guest at their wedding. Dolly and Carl had no children of their own so they helped raise Parton’s younger siblings.
“He really is my best friend,” Dolly told Closer about her husband. “If I had it to do all over, I’d do it all over again, and we did.” For their 50th anniversary, Parton and Dean had a private vow-renewal ceremony. “I’m dragging him, kicking and screaming, into the next 50 years!” she laughed. Stella agrees with Dolly and says, “He’s a good guy!”
Watch some of Dolly and Carl’s rarest pictures in the video below!
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