Get to Know Country Music Icon Dolly Parton’s Husband Carl Dean

Dolly Parton's Husband

photo: Dolly Parton Website

Dolly Parton's husband Carl Dean has been by her side nonstop since they got married on May 30, 1966. Read more about the couple's unique relationship!

Country Music star Dolly Parton‘s husband Carl Dean first caught her attention at a laundromat during her first day in Nashville. The couple instantly fell in love with each other. Over five decades later and nothing has changed between the couple. However, there are several reasons why even the biggest Dolly Parton fans do not know that the talented country artist and songwriter is married.

Dolly Parton’s husband Carl Dean Quickly Stole Her Heart 

photo: Dolly Parton Website
Because Dolly Parton is a big flirt, many people in the past have questioned her loyalty to Mr. Dean. “He knows I’m a flirt and a tease but it’s harmless. I’ve never met the man that would take his place,” Parton once told The Boot. Although it may seem strange, Carl Dean willingly accepts Parton’s flirtatious personality and trusts her wholeheartedly.

Another reason Carl Dean is mostly unknown is because he prefers to fly under the radar. Despite all of the fame his wife possesses, Dean would rather be at home than bask in the limelight. In fact, he has only attended a handful of his wife’s live performances throughout the years. On the other hand, at home it’s a completely different story.

“He’s always supporting me as long as I don’t try to drag him in on it,” Parton shared with PEOPLE while walking the red carpet during the premiere of her new Netflix series, Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings. “He’s always been my biggest fan behind the scenes, but he’s at home. I don’t think they’re probably showing much of this on TV and if they do, he might see it.”

“But anyway, he’d never come dragging around,” she added. “I’d rather bring somebody else with me, you know? He’s never jealous of that either.”

Dolly Parton’s Husband is her Biggest Fan 

photo: Dolly Parton Website
So what is the key to their relationship success? The couple make the most of their time together but enjoy spending time doing their own thing as well. When they are together, Dolly and Carl enjoy having fast food dates and running errands.

“We go to places Publix or Walmart or places for certain things I want to get, [and] we’d go in the middle of the night to those places that are open 24 hours a day,” she shared during a press conference on Monday (10/28). “You’d be surprised at how lucky I’d get with that. You see a few people, and I don’t mind — I love people — I just don’t want to slow up my shopping.”

Even though they seem to be complete opposites, the pair have clearly done something right to make their marriage last 53 years! Share this closer look at Dolly Parton’s husband with other country music fans! 

“Real Love” Lyrics

They say that it’s a matter of trusting
Before love has a chance to begin
And it’s never simple
Faithless hearts can cripple
And only a strong love survives
I know they say that it’s a fine line
Between giving up and giving in
But once your heart’s been in it
You just can’t forget it
It’s like nothing that you’ve felt in your life
We got real love
Not infatuation
Real love
Our hearts’ celebration
I love you
Real love
Not an imitation
Real love
You’re my destination
Baby, you and me
We got everything we need
You are such a part of my life
That I can’t remember me without you
And we’ve had our nights
We’ve had our share of fights
But we’ve never thought of giving it up
Oh, you and I we must be dreamers
‘Cause we’re making our dreams come true
I could spend my life
Just holding you so tight
And never, ever get enough
We got real love
Not infatuation
Real love
Our hearts’ celebration
I love you
Real love
Not an imitation
Real love
You’re my destination
Baby, you and me
We got everything we need
We got real love
We got real love
Not infatuation
Real love
Our hearts’ celebration
I love you
Real love
Not an imitation
Real love
You’re my destination
Baby, you and me
We got everything we need

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