7 Things Dolly Parton Has Said About Her Husband, Carl Dean

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All About Dolly Parton & Her Marriage To Her Mysterious Husband Carl Dean

May 30, 1966 was one of the most significant days in Dolly Parton’s life. That day, she tied the knot with a man she’d been seeing for two years, a man by the name of Carl Dean.

Parton and Dean married in Ringgold, Georgia during a small ceremony with just the preacher, his wife, a witness, and Parton’s mama in attendance. The couple eloped to Georgia because Parton’s label had asked her to put their wedding on hold after she signed her contract with them.

Instead, Parton and Dean decided to get married in Georgia so no one in Nashville would hear about their wedding.

Dean has remained almost completely out of the spotlight. He’s content to stay home while Parton travels around the world for various performances and appearances.

Parton has openly admitted that she and Dean couldn’t be any more different. But she knows there isn’t any other man in the world for her. She can’t help but talk about him in interviews, and always has something kind to say about him.

We have gathered up a list containing seven of the sweetest things Parton has ever said about Dean. They’ll have you saying “awwww!” in no time. 

7. Dolly Calls Her Husband Carl Dean A “God-Send”

Dolly Parton in a rare photo with her husband Carl Dean
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During an interview on May 5, 2016 with CBN News, Parton spoke about why she and Dean make such a good pair. She called him a “God-send,” saying their different personalities balance each other out. That makes them a perfect match for one another.

God knew I was going to need somebody like him if I was going to be doing all this crazy stuff. But He knew he was going to need somebody like me because Carl is pretty much a loner and he really doesn’t want to be with anybody but me.”

6. Dolly Shares Her Secret To A Happy Marriage

When Parade asked Parton for her secret to a happy marriage with Carl Dean, she happily explained. She said they work well together because of their close friendship.

She also complimented Dean for being a “good man” and always being a good listener.

He loves to hear about the things I do. I love to hear about the things he does. So we enjoy each other’s company. We get along good. He’s got a great sense of humor. We’ve just been best buddies and best friends and, evidently, it’s working!”

5. Dolly Parton Has “Fun” Living Life With Husband Carl Dean

In an interview with People on May 3, 2016, Parton talked about why her relationship with Dean has worked for so long. Although they couldn’t be more different, Parton proves the term “opposites attract” applies to them.

We’re completely opposite, but that’s what makes it fun. I never know what he’s gonna say or do. He’s always surprising me.”

4. Dolly Knew She’d Never Find Anyone Else Like Her Husband

While speaking to Parade about Carl Dean, Parton discussed how he never gets jealous, despite her global fame.

Parton said it’s reassuring to see Dean feel so secure with himself, which makes her love him even more.

He understands me, he gets me. He’s very secure within himself. He’s never been jealous. It’s a great compliment to me. This is his statement: ‘Well, hell, I know it’s not easy out there. I’d feel less about any man that didn’t fall in love with you.’ So that’s his attitude. Because of that, I realize I’d never find that again in anybody. He loves me and I love him.”

3. Carl Dean Does “Sweet Little Things” For His Wife Dolly Parton

When she isn’t on the road, Parton enjoys spending time at her Tennessee home with Dean. During an interview with Mirror, she spoke about how his small acts of kindness make her fall in love with him all over again.

It’s all about the sweet little things he does like picking flowers for me, making my coffee in the morning. He is incredibly thoughtful and we love each other for all the same reasons.”

2. Dolly And Her Husband Often Travel Together

Parton and Dean often enjoy going on small trips in their RV in Tennessee and the surrounding states.

While speaking to People about her husband in 2015, Parton talked about their vacations, and the happiness they bring to her and Dean: 

We like to get out in our little RV and just be simple. I love to read, I love to cook, I love to be with my husband. I put on my little comfy clothes – I call them my baby clothes – and we just relax.”

1. Dolly Parton Knew Her Marriage With Carl Dean Would Last

While speaking to Xpose about her marriage to Dean, Parton said she meant every word when she vowed to be with him “till death do us part.” She knew they would be together forever, something they’ve proven by celebrating over 50 years of marriage.

I feel lucky and blessed. I never doubted for a minute that we would be married 50 years as long as we were both alive.”

It’s clear from the way Parton talks about her husband that Carl Dean is the perfect person for her, and she’s still madly in love with him.