Country legend and all-around extraordinary human Dolly Parton has been married to her husband, Carl Dean, for fifty-four years. And while most of us accept that we’ll never really get a big glimpse of Dolly’s main man, there are some fans who joke that it’s possible Carl doesn’t exist. Dolly recently laughed off these wild rumors while explaining that he’s very real — he just doesn’t want to be bothered. At all.
Dolly told ET that she knows people think Carl is made up. “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.”
Dolly also shared that she’s always supported her husband’s decision. “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. But we can keep our lives separate and together.’ And we do and we have. We’ve been together 56 years, married 54.”
She also credits her career with why her marriage has lasted. “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.”
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