The Reason Behind Dolly Parton’s Husband’s Absence at Events Revealed After 57 Years of Marriage

Dean Avoids The Spotlight

“Carl has never been in the limelight and all, never wanted to be in it,” explained Parton, 77, according to E! Online“He don’t like it.”

Parton went on to recall the moment soon after her marriage that led to Dean deciding to stay out of the limelight for good.

“He went to one thing with me early on when we first married to a BMI Song of the Year, and he came out there taking off his tuxedo, his tie, and all that, and said, ‘Don’t ever ask me to go to another one of these damn things because I ain’t going,’” she remembered. “I never asked him and he never did.”

Though Dean stays out of the public eye, he still gives Parton advice about her music.

“I had done a couple of things in the past, just some rock things. He said, ‘It’s okay. It’s okay.’ He’s very honest,” she stated. “We have such a great relationship. I know not to ask him if I don’t want an honest answer.”

“Years ago, I was doing covers of some of these rock albums in a more bluegrass country way, and I told him I was doing ‘Stairway to Heaven,’” she explained. “He said, ‘I don’t think you need to do that,’ and I said how I was going to do it.”

Parton ultimately ended up doing the cover anyway, and Dean was not happy with the result.

“I played it for him and he said, ‘It’s okay.’ He said, ‘Are you sure that’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ or ‘Stairwell to Hell?”” she recalled.

Check out Parton’s version of “Stairway To Heaven” in the video below.

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Dean Staying Home Helps Marriage

When previously asked by Fox News if Dean staying out of the spotlight helped keep their marriage strong, Parton replied,“Well, I think it does. And, one, the fact that he’s not in show business at all. So we’re not in competition on that. We don’t have to deal with it.”

“He’s kind of a homebody,” she continued. “He loves working on the farm. He loves working on his tractors and his trucks and all that. He was in asphalt paving for years. And then he went in kind of doing some real estate, but he didn’t want to be in the spotlight.”

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Dean Speaks Out

Back in 2016, Dean celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with Parton by issuing a rare public statement.

“My first thought was, ‘I’m gonna marry that girl,’” he recalled of first meeting Parton, according to US Weekly. “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.”

We can certainly understand why Dean would want to avoid all the craziness that comes with being in the public eye. In the end, he and Parton have been married for nearly 60 years, so this was clearly the right call!