Everyone Loves Dolly Parton’s Music — Except Her Husband!
Everyone knows that everyone loves Dolly Parton. Still, however lovable the country icon herself might be, there is at least one person out there who isn't too fond of her music. And who that person is just might surprise you!
Parton admits that it's her nearest and dearest—namely, her husband of almost 53 years, Carl Thomas Dean—who isn't all that jazzed on her tunes. "He's not necessarily my biggest fan," she told Good Morning Britain Monday (Feb, 18) while there to discuss the West End premiere of 9 To 5: The Musical.
Parton explained Dean's tastes run more to hard rock (she cites Led Zeppelin as an example) and bluegrass, and that he doesn't particularly like to watch her play live. Nor does he listen to her tunes. While she noted that he doesn't outright dislike her material, "He doesn't go out of his way to play my records," she confirmed.
However, that doesn't mean he isn't a big supporter of his wife. “He’s proud of me. And he loves that I love what I do," the singer said. “I’m like his little girl, I think. He just worries about that.”
The couple (he's 76, she's 73) will celebrate their anniversary in May, and Parton assures fans they are as tight as ever. Her secrets for a long-lasting relationship? “We like each other, we respect each other, we’ve always had a good time. He’s crazy and I’m crazy,” she told the outlet. “We laugh a lot and I think that’s been one of the most precious parts of our relationship.”
Parton was named the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year, and a number of stars crossing multiple genres celebrated her life's work at the 2019 Grammy Awards with a series of musical tributes.
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