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Dolly Parton Jokes She’s ‘Sick’ of Husband After 54 Years of Marriage

by Chris Haney
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Last week, country legend Dolly Parton joked about being sick of her husband, Carl Dean, after nearly 60 years of marriage during a podcast interview.

The singer joined Table Manners with Jessie Ware in October to discuss a wide range of topics. The episode released on Dec. 1 and included Parton talking about her new “A Holly Dolly Christmas” album, her upbringing in the mountains, being one of 12 children, and her cooking specialty of chicken and dumplings. In addition, she shared some hilarious thoughts on her longtime marriage to Dean.

The couple has been together for 57 years, ever since Dean saw Parton outside of a laundromat in Nashville, TN. As she explains, it was love at first sight. However, during the podcast, the famous singer amusingly shared that she’s “sick” of her husband and that he likely feels the same.

“I’m sure he’s sick of me,” the 74-year-old joked on the Table Manners podcast. “My husband and I have been together for 57 years, been married 54, and I’m sick of him.

Parton and Dean’s Longtime Marriage Works For Them

Parton may have joked about the couple being tired of each other. Yet, the couple’s relationship has worked for years despite their very different lifestyles. Parton says Dean did not choose the celebrity lifestyle, but he did choose her. So they’ve managed to make both work for each of them. He typically stays out of the spotlight, while she is often in the middle of it. One thing that was non-negotiable though, Dean had to get used to her enormous family.

“He has one brother and one sister. So he’s had to kind of get used to my big family because I’ve always had my family around me,” she explained. “He loves them all, and they love him.”

Additionally, Parton told Entertainment Tonight that the couple’s separate lives have been a positive in their long-lasting marriage. In fact, the couple abides by the old saying that absence makes the heart grow fonder.

“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,” Parton said.