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Dolly Parton Shares Glimpse Of Her Early Years With Husband Carl Dean In Resurfaced Interview

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A decades-old interview with Dolly Parton gives fans a glimpse into the early years of her marriage with husband Carl Dean.

The Queen of Country celebrated 58 years of marriage with business owner Carl Dean on May 30, and the two are still going strong as she continues to dominate the entertainment world. Dolly and Carl are well-known for their healthy and happy relationship, and she admits that their success comes from their shared interests and differences.

The couple is enjoying their golden years at their Tennessee home where they spend hours laughing at each other’s “warped” senses of humor, according to ET. But they also spend many days apart. While Dolly loves the limelight, Carl wants nothing to do with fame. So when she heads out to her lavish events, he stays home.

According to a 1977 interview with People, the two have always respected each other’s boundaries. The couple met at a Nashville laundromat during Dolly’s first day in town, and they immediately hit it off. Less than two years later, they said, “I do.” After a decade of marriage, Carl still hadn’t seen her perform.

“He’s sort of shy and quiet,” Dolly said at the time. “What we have together is so sweet and good that I’d never want it to get jumbled up with the other.”

Dolly Parton Admitted That No One Could “Live Up” To Carl Dean

Despite Carl staying off the red carpets, he was always ready to fly out to see his wife when she was feeling lonely on the road. She later revealed that Carl even stayed with her in Los Angeles while she filmed 9 to 5. But because he stayed out of the public eye, she said some people questioned if he even existed.

Because of their dynamic, Dolly Parton and Carl Dean have had to shut down numerous rumors of affairs over the years. And like all marriages, they’ve had tough years. But Dolly has always been steadfast saying that ” ain’t a man in this world could ever live up to [her] husband.”

“Carl is the one man in my life,” she told People in 1981. “I would love to grow old with him. If he should die first, I may never marry again. My love is that deep.”

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