Dolly Parton has soared to country music fame as a legendary talent. As a result, fans want to know all about Dolly, from how her childhood to her romances.
But while Parton has gone public with her background (she’s even planning on taking her life story to Broadway or Netflix!), this serene songstress has kept her relationships VERY private.
Recently, Dolly celebrated her wedding anniversary with husband Carl Dean. And perhaps as a tabloid reaction to their privacy, Parton and Dean face swirling rumors about their romance!
Learn more below.
Dolly Parton and Husband Carl Dean: Inside Their Wedding And Marriage
Dolly Parton, now 75, and her husband Carl Thomas Dean, who will turn 79 in July, tied the knot in 1966. And since their wedding occurred long before the day of online matchmaking sites, some fans wonder how they met.
Parton and Dean supposedly had one of those “meet cute” stories typically found only in romance stories: The two had a close encounter of the “gosh, she’s pretty; gee, he’s handsome” kind outside a laundromat in Nashville!
Not yet famous, Dolly chose a quiet wedding ceremony. In the years since, Carl has decided to keep his relationship with Parton just as under-the-radar.
However, when Dolly and Carl celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, Parton did go public with her decision to get married again. The country music singer wore a gorgeous wedding dress for the occasion.
Although Dolly and Carl never had children, Parton is a godmother to a famous young singer. The country music queen has shared her love for her goddaughter, “wild child” Miley Cyrus!
Carl Dean and Dolly Face Rumors On Wedding Anniversary
On May 30, Dean and Parton celebrated their wedding anniversary amid tabloid rumors.
The tabloid allegations included rumors that Dolly felt “terrified” about her future with Carl. Why?
Citing an unnamed source, these publications allege that the country music songstress’ husband suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. The condition allegedly makes Parton hesitant to spend time away from Dean.
Dolly “sees him fading away and fears he won’t be with her much longer!” claims the supposed insider.
However, as noted above, Parton and Dean have kept their relationship exceptionally private in this era where the paparazzi is everywhere. How could an anonymous insider claim to have such knowledge?
Until and unless Dolly herself announces anything about her husband’s health, we suggest readers ignore the rumors. Instead, let’s take a trip down memory lane and see what the country music queen has said about her marriage.
Dolly Parton Shares Her Love For Husband Carl Dean In Song [Video]
On her website, Dolly Parton celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary a few years ago by going public about her memories of first meeting Carl Dean.
“I was surprised and delighted that while he talked to me, he looked at my face (a rare thing for me),” recalled Dolly. “He seemed to be genuinely interested in finding out who I was and what I was about.”
Two years after that fateful meeting, Dolly and Carl were married on May 30, 1966. It was Memorial Day, Dolly and Carl traveled to Ringgold, GA, with her mother. They had a simple, private ceremony with only Avie Lee, the preacher and his wife in attendance. Since that day, Dolly and Carl have lived happily-ever-after for 50 years. They’ve loved and supported each other while respecting each other’s independence.
As for her feelings about her husband today, Parton penned the song, “From Here To the Moon And Back” about her romance.
The lyrics say, “From here to the moon and back Who else in this world will love you like that? Love everlasting, I promise you that; From here to the moon and back.”
Watch Dolly delight in the message and the music below. Keep checking Country Music Lane for daily country music updates and more Dolly Parton news.