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Although Dolly Parton and her husband, Carl Dean, have been together for over half a century, Dean has always been a subject of mystery. Parton said in a 2015 interview with Parade that Dean’s desire to stay out of the spotlight doesn’t make her love him any less. She realizes he’s just a different person:
“I married a really good man, a guy that’s completely different from me,” Dolly gushed. “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.”
When Parton was asked where she was the happiest, she didn’t hesitate to say that she finds great happiness in spending time with her husband:
“I’m also very happy when I’m home with him and we do our little things together,” Parton said. “We have a little RV, we travel around. We drive through these little drive-through restaurants. We sight-see all of Tennessee and Kentucky, the areas that we can get back home from at night.”
The interviewer wanted to know how Parton has remained with Dean when she’s met so many glamorous men throughout her career. Dolly said the answer is simple:
“He understands me, he gets me. He’s very secure within himself. He’s never been jealous. It’s a great compliment to me. This is his statement: ‘Well, hell, I know it’s not easy out there. I’d feel less about any man that didn’t fall in love with you.’ So that’s his attitude. Because of that, I realize I’d never find that again in anybody. He loves me and I love him.”
Even though not much is known about Dean, one thing is certain, he makes Parton happy. “We get along good,” Parton said. “He’s got a great sense of humor. We’ve just been best buddies and best friends and, evidently, it’s working!”
We’d agree with Parton, it’s definitely working! We wish her and Dean many more years of happiness together.
Learn more about Parton and Dean’s marriage by watching a more recent interview of hers below.
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