As fans know, Dolly Parton and husband Carl Dean have been together as a married couple for no less than 54 years! However, their relationship has been so far removed from the spotlight that the country singer joked some people don’t even believe Dean actually exists!
That’s tight! The two are very private about their relationship but, in her new tell all book, Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics, the woman opened up more than ever!
Furthermore, in a new interview for ET, Parton went into detail about this hilarious theory that her husband has been made up all this time!
‘A lot of people have thought that through the years, because he does not want to be in the spotlight at all. It’s just not who he is. He’s like, a quiet, reserved person and he figured if he ever got out there in that, he’d never get a minute’s peace and he’s right about that. I’ve always respected and appreciated that in him and I’ve always tried to keep him out of the limelight as much as I can. He said, ‘I didn’t choose this world, I chose you, and you chose that world,’ she shared with the news outlet.
And sure enough, they have been keeping their lives both separate and together, as per the star.
This has obviously worked for them perfectly since they’ve been together for 56 years, 54 out of which they have been husband and wife!
The country singer also shared that ‘Our joke about the fact, when people ask me why it’s lasted this long, I say, ‘Because I stay gone.’ And there’s a lot of truth in that — the fact that we’re not in each other’s faces all the time. But we do have a great respect and admiration for each other. We both have a great sense of humor. So, we have a lot of fun.’
For more on their marriage, check out the ET interview in its entirety!