When Parton was asked by Parade what her and Dean's secret to a happy marriage is, she explained part of the reason is because they're such good friends. She also complimented Dean for being a "good man" and always being a kind ear to listen to her:
"He loves to hear about the things I do. I love to hear about the things he does. So we enjoy each other’s company. We get along good. He’s got a great sense of humor. We've just been best buddies and best friends and, evidently, it’s working!"