Dolly Parton Shares Rare Throwback Photo With Husband Carl Dean

by Samantha Whidden
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On Tuesday (November 2nd), country singing legend Dolly Parton takes to Instagram to share a rare throwback snapshot with her husband of 57 years, Carl Dean.

“Find you a partner who will support you like my Carl Dean does!” Dolly Parton declared in the post, which features an adorable picture of the signer with her husband, who is seen wearing a “Dolly” shirt.

Dolly Parton married Dean on May 30, 1966, in Ringgold, Georgia. The couple doesn’t have any children. The couple renewed their vows on May 6, 2016, just weeks before their 50th anniversary. At that time, Parton described Dean as a loner. 

“He doesn’t particularly care about being around anybody but me,” Dolly Parton shared with ABC News. “He’s just always asked me to leave him out of all this. He doesn’t like all the hullabaloo.”

Despite staying out of the spotlight, Dean has always remained supportive of Dolly Parton’s busy career. “He’s like a brother and a father and a friend and a husband and a lover. All of those things to me. I think he’s kind of proud that we’ve been in it this long!”

Dolly Parton Opens Up About Her Husband’s Life Out of the Spotlight 

During an October 2020 interview with Entertainment Tonight, Dolly Parton spoke about her marriage to Carl Dean. While discussing why her husband doesn’t make public appearances, the country singer stated, “He does not want to be in the spotlight at all. It’s just now 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 Parton said that she has always respected and appreciated what she and Dean had. “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.”

While chatting about how she and Dean have been married for 57 years, Dolly Parton spoke about the couple’s secret to a long-running marriage. “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.”

Dolly Parton then stated that she and Dean have great respect and admiration for each other. They both also have a great sense of humor. “We have very similar tastes. We love to travel around our little RV, and we don’t like parties and all that stuff.”