Dolly Parton Says Reclusive Husband Carl Thomas Dean Has All the time Been Her 'Largest Fan Behind the Scenes'

Dolly Parton Says Reclusive Husband Carl Thomas Dean Has Always Been Her 'Biggest Fan Behind the Scenes'


Dolly Parton‘s husband of 53 years, Carl Thomas Dean, may not be a fan of stepping out for public appearances along with her, however make no mistake — he’ll at all times be her largest supporter.

Whereas the nation legend was again in her hometown of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, on Tuesday evening to have fun the premiere of her new Netflix sequence, Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings, at her Dollywood theme park, her husband opted as an alternative to cheer her on from residence.

“He’s at all times supporting me so long as I don’t attempt to drag him in on it,” Parton, 73, instructed PEOPLE on the purple carpet. “He’s at all times been my largest fan behind the scenes, however he’s at residence. I don’t suppose they’re most likely exhibiting a lot of this on TV and in the event that they do, he may see it.”

“However anyway, he’d by no means come dragging round,” she continued. “I’d reasonably convey someone else with me, you understand? He’s by no means jealous of that both.”

Dean — whom Parton met when she was simply 18 years previous — has lengthy shunned the highlight and by no means seems at public occasions along with his celebrity spouse.

“I at all times joke and snicker when folks ask me what’s the important thing to my lengthy marriage and lasting love,” Parton instructed PEOPLE in 2018. “I at all times say ‘Keep gone!’ and there’s numerous reality to that. I journey so much, however we actually get pleasure from one another once we’re collectively and the little issues we do.”

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Readily available to have fun the premiere of Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings with Parton was her longtime designer, Steve Summers, associates, members of the family and solid members of the present, together with Julianne Hough and Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who star collectively within the episode centered on Parton’s 1974 hit “Jolene.”

“Once I do one thing particular, I like to have my household be part of it and all my neighbors,” Parton instructed reporters on the carpet. “That is the place it began. That is who I’m. That is the place I got here from. We have now Dollywood, and this is without doubt one of the most stunning locations on this planet. We couldn’t do higher over in Hollywood and like I stated, that is the place it began, so why not come residence to do it?”

Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings is an anthology sequence that showcases the tales, reminiscences and inspiration behind a few of Parton’s most beloved songs, which, together with “Jolene,” contains tracks like “Two Doorways Down,” “These Outdated Bones” and “J.J. Sneed.”

“All my life I’ve been writing songs,” Parton stated throughout a press convention at her Dollywood Dream Extra Resort on Monday. “Within the early days, we didn’t even have expertise. I began writing songs as a result of we didn’t have an opportunity to go to films and we didn’t have TV in these early days, so I might write songs, simply make up tales that had been actually sort of like films, and I might signal them. It was leisure to us.”

“I really like to color photos in my songs and inform tales,” she added. “So it actually was only a pure match to do a sequence primarily based on songs I’ve written, and I’m glad it labored out.”

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Throughout the press convention, Parton additionally stated that she and Dean go grocery buying like another couple — however in the midst of the evening.

“We go to locations Publix or Walmart or locations for sure issues I wish to get, we’d go in the midst of the evening to these locations which are open 24 hours a day,” she stated. “You’d be shocked at how fortunate I’d get with that. You see just a few folks, and I don’t thoughts — I really like folks — I simply don’t wish to gradual up my buying.”

Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings shall be out there for streaming on Netflix on Nov. 22.