Dolly Parton reveals secret of her 54-year marriage!

Dolly Parton reveals the secret for a perfect marriage!

The country music queen, 74, and her husband Carl Thomas Dean, 78 have been together since 1964. Dolly shares the special ingredients that have made her relationship so strong. Keep reading as we reveal her expert advice on long-lasting love!

  • On May 30, 1966, Parton married Carl Dean at a church in Ringgold, Georgia. The only people to attend the wedding were the preacher, his wife, and the singer's mom, Avie Lee.
  • Did you know that the legendary country singer and her husband decided to renew their vows to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in 2016?
  • Dolly is the godmother of pop singer Miley Cyrus. She has been friends with her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, since the 90s and has a strong bond with Miley.
Dolly Parton and Carl Dean wedding photo in 1966.

Dolly Parton and Carl Dean's relationship story sound like the lyrics of a country song! When they met it was love at first sight, Dolly had just moved from her hometown Sevierville, Tennessee and arrived to Nashville.

Dean said "My first thought was I'm gonna marry that girl."

Dolly and Carl are rarely photographed together.

Then, a couple of years later, Parton and Dean tied the knot in a secret ceremony. In 1966 she got her break in the music industry with her first hit “Dumb Blonde”.

Her record label didn’t want Dolly to get married because it could take her away from her career. She responded in her typical Southern style: “I ain’t waiting!"

Dolly Parton opens up about the secret to her successful marriage.

From the beginning, “Jolene” singer understood that it was essential to keep her private life separate from the spotlight. 

Dolly said that she is very lucky to have a great friendship with her husband. They both have a good sense of humour, so they always have a nice time together.

The difference is that he is a loner who likes to stay at home and she is the life and sole of the party. Though, when she is at home she loves to spend time with him.

While Parton became the legendary country music artist she's revered as today, her husband chose to stay out of the limelight and focused on running an asphalt-paving company in Nashville.

The music icon explains their secret "We don't do the same thing so it gives us different stuff to talk about. He doesn't get involved in my business, and I don't in his, so we have our own little world that we create for ourselves."

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