Dolly Parton's Mysterious Husband: Why Does He Never Appear In Public?

Date February 9, 2018

Dolly Parton and Carl Dean have been married for more than 50 years, but his appearance in the spotlight is a very rear occasion. He’s never seen with Parton on award shows, which makes the singer’s fans question, “Who Carl Dean really is and why does he never appear in public?” But the answer is simpler than it might seem.

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Carl and Dolly first met at a laundromat when she was 18 and he was 21. Dean remembers, the first thing that came to his mind when he saw Parton was, “I'm gonna marry that girl.” He repeated his words on the couple's 50th wedding anniversary in 2016, adding:

My second thought was, 'Lord she's good lookin'. And that was the day my life began. I wouldn't trade the last 50 years for nothing on this earth.

They married in 1966, two years after that life-changing meeting. They kept their wedding in secret as to not get the press’ attention to the event. In her interview with CMT, Dolly told:

My mother made me a little white dress and a little bouquet, but I said, 'I can't get married in a courthouse because I'll never feel married'. So we found a little Baptist church in town, and went up to Pastor Don Duvall and said, 'Would you marry us?' We got pictures on the steps right outside the church.


So why does her husband shy away from the spotlight ever since?

It’s known that being a celebrity means appearing on glamorous events and parties. But this lifestyle didn’t appeal to Carl Dean. Early on, he said:

Dolly, I want you to have everything you want, and I'm happy for you, but don't you ever ask me to go to another one of them dang things again!

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And even though Dolly misses her husband’s strong shoulder as she goes to one award ceremony after another, she loves him enough to respect his decision.

When it comes to children, Parton loves them but doesn’t have any of her own — and she's ok with that.

She noted:

God has a plan for everything. ... I think it probably was his plan for me not to have kids so everybody's kids could be mine. And they are now.

It appears the God’s plan worked for her marriage because the couple is still happy together.

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