For the first time in four decades, the reclusive husband of country legend Dolly Parton has been seen out in public.
Although his wife loves to be in the limelight, husband Carl Dean hides in the shadows. Since getting hitched back in 1966, Parton has often talked highly of her “loving” relationship with Dean.
Many people have even used the beautiful country singer’s long-standing marriage as an example of Christian virtue and goodness. Last month, photographers captured images of Carl Dean out in public for the first time in decades.
The 77-year-old recluse, whose been married to Parton for 53-years, was caught outside of the family estate in Brentwood, Tennessee. He was aided by a personal assistant as he traversed the public place.
Although Parton has remained in the spotlight for more than five decades, her husband has avoided being photographed since the early 1970s.
However, images of Carl Dean, gray-haired, were published while out in public, for the first time in a long while.. His reclusive lifestyle remains a mystery in contrast to his wife’s limelight.
A source, close to the married couple revealed his reclusive habits.
“He barely leaves the house and doesn’t really interact with people unless he absolutely has to. The total opposite of Dolly. Carl is still extremely reclusive, and in any given week, he will only leave the house a handful of times.”
With a lifestyle like that, it’s amazing that he’s been able to keep his health in top shape.
A source claimed that “Carl lives in a different building on the couple’s property in Brentwood, Tennessee.”
The couple first met back in 1964 outside of a Nashville laundromat. Two years later, the pair tied the knot at a family affair in Ringgold, Georgia. Only Dolly’s mom attended as well as the pastor’s wife to act as a witness.
Parton and Dean’s marriage has lasted for five decades. They live in separate houses so may not share the type of intimacy many couples do. Dolly also admits that Dean has only seen her perform live once in 2011, when she appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show.
Dolly vows that Carl Dean has “always been my biggest fan behind the scenes” because “he’s always supporting me as long as I don’t try to drag him in on it.” But she added, “but he’s at home.”
Did you know this about Dolly?
Before she was a country music superstar, Dolly was a kid born in a one room cabin in Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.
Looks like she’s always had a thing for big hair! This portrait of Dolly is from 1965, the same year she signed with Monument Records as a pop singer. Yes, you read that right — it wasn’t until years later that Dolly would return to her country roots.
Young Dolly smiles here with her good friend Porter Wagoner and the rest of his show’s cast.
Much of Dolly’s early success is do to her spot on Porter Wagoner’s television series The Porter Wagoner Show. The two become close and often sang duets together. When Dolly eventually left the show to pursue a solo career, she wrote her famous song “I Will Always Love You” about saying goodbye to her old friend.
With her ten-gallon hat, Dolly proves that she’ll always be a country girl at heart.
Shortly after leaving Porter Wagoner’s show, Dolly performed songs from her first number one album as a solo artist, New Harvest…First Gathering. As she played in the ultra cool New York City club, Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger and John Belushi all came to hear her sing.
With her signature big blonde wig and perfectly made up face, Dolly relaxes in a Chicago Holiday Inn.
The New York City nightclub that become infamous for celebrity bad behavior held a memorable soirée in Dolly’s honor. To make the country singer feel more at home, the 1978 party was farm themed — and complete with haystacks and live animals.
Here Dolly poses with her costars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda in the workplace comedy about three female secretaries who kidnap their sexist boss. The 1980 film was a hit, and inspired a popular Broadway musical.
Did you know that Dolly is grew up as one of 12 children? Here she is spending time with her brother David, who keeps out of the public eye.
Dolly’s very close with all of her siblings, including Frieda, the former punk band performer who’s now an ordained minister.
Stella Parton and Frieda Parton are both singers like their sister Dolly. Here the trio is recording a song.