Dolly Parton Shares The True Reason Why She Keeps Her Marriage Private

Mason Walsh / YouTube

Dolly Parton’s Mysterious Husband Carl Dean Keeps Out Of The Spotlight

Dolly Parton and her husband, Carl Dean, have been married since 1966. However, those who don’t know a lot about Parton’s personal life may have no idea she’s married.

The reason why? Dean chooses to live his life out of the spotlight.

Dolly Parton gets a kiss on the cheek from her husband, Carl Dean

Dean does not attend awards shows, concerts, or any other events. Rather, he prefers to spend time with his wife at their home in Tennessee, or while traveling on the road in their RV.

To top off, Parton and Dean have only been photographed together a few times since they were married.

Although they are hardly ever seen together, Parton often brings him up in interviews, telling Parade in 2015:

We’ve just been best buddies and best friends and, evidently, it’s working!

Why Doesn’t Dolly Parton’s Husband Step Out In Public?

Even though Dolly Parton is happy to talk about her husband whenever she is asked, she has never tried to drag him along to any of her events or other commitments.

During an interview with Fox & Friends about her children’s album I Believe in You, Parton shared the true reason why she has kept her relationship with Dean under wraps.

Parton said when Dean married her, he wasn’t choosing to live a life full of fame and fortune. After all, she had just signed a record deal when she married Dean during a tiny ceremony in Georgia.

Neither of them had any idea that she would one day go on to become a global superstar.

She Always Tries To Respect His Privacy

Since Dean didn’t sign up for a fame-filled life, Parton has always tried to respect his privacy. She explained that is why she has decided to keep her marriage to herself as much as she can.

I’ve kept [my marriage] very personal and sacred and I try to keep my husband out of the business,” she said. “That’s not what he chose to do, he just happened to love me and I love him enough to not expose him to it.

What do you think of what Parton had to say about her marriage? We have to respect her for protecting her husband’s privacy like she does!

You can hear Dolly share just a few more details about her elusive husband by tuning in to the clip below.

Want to save this article?

Get this sent to your inbox, plus, get new articles & videos from us every week!

Sponsors / Partners

Interested in becoming a partner?

Contact us for more info

Unapologetically Country

Receive daily updates with the best country music videos, news, and more!