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Dolly Parton Explained Why We Don’t See More Of Her Husband

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"We're not in each other's faces all the time." Dolly Parton — one of the most legendary musicians of all time — has been married to husband Carl Dean for 56 years. But Dean's largely shied away from the public eye for most of her career. John Lamparski / Getty Images While talking with Entertainment…
Dolly Parton Explained Why We Don’t See More Of Her Husband

“We’re not in each other’s faces all the time.”

Dolly Parton — one of the most legendary musicians of all time — has been married to husband Carl Dean for 56 years. But Dean’s largely shied away from the public eye for most of her career.


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While talking with Entertainment Tonight about her new book Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics, Parton opened up about her and Dean’s decision to keep their relationship private.


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“It’s just not who he is,” she explained. “He’s…a quiet, reserved person and he figured if he ever got out there in that, he’d never get a minute’s peace and he’s right about that.”


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“He said, ‘I didn’t choose this world, I chose you, and you chose that world. But we can keep our lives separate and together.’ And we do and we have.”


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“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.”


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When they are together, though, it really counts.: “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.”


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