Carl Dean (77), the husband of Dolly Parton (73), was recently spotted and photographed in public for the first time in 40 years. An extremely remarkable moment, because the country singer and her husband never talk about their love life and Carl Dean deliberately keeps far in the background. While some Dolly fans were surprised to catch a rare glimpse of Dean, many speak disgrace to the paparazzi snaps.
The marriage between Dolly Parton and her husband is one of Hollywood’s best kept secrets. Although the two have been married for 53 years, husband Carl Dean has not once accompanied his wife to a performance or event in the past four decades, let alone being seen in public at all. Until he was recently photographed by paparazzi in a suburb of Nashville in the US state of Tennessee, where he was quietly doing errands.
Carl has always been the opposite of Dolly, who is very effusive and extremely outspoken. “He hardly leaves the house and doesn’t really interact with people unless he absolutely has to,” said a family friend in American media. ,,Carl still lives withdrawn and will only leave their house a few times during the week. A big difference with Dolly.”
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Especially now that Dean is affected by Alzheimer’s disease, he prefers to stay away from the media. The diagnosis made the couple decide to make the most of life, as long as Carl’s condition still allows it. “They used to go on vacations for months and now more and more often travel to their quiet vacation home on Old Hickory Lake, north of Tennessee,” it sounds. “There they enjoy the outdoors and even go into the water up to their ankles. They look like teenagers again when they get there, it makes the years melt away.”
The ‘Jolene’ singer and Carl married in 1966 and celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2016. They even renewed their wedding vows and, exceptionally, did not let the occasion pass unnoticed. “If I had to do it all over again, I would do it together again. And we did,” Parton said at the time. ,,I’ve been dragging him with me kicking and screaming for the next 50 years. So wish us luck!”
Violation of privacy
Still, some are not happy with the photos published by Carl. A large number of Dolly’s fans have expressed via social media that they believe his privacy should be respected. Even if he is the other half of a world famous singer. ‘Leave him alone! If he wants to stay under the radar, the paparazzi have to respect that. Especially when you know that Dolly does so many things for the media,” someone notes. And also: ‘If he doesn’t want to be harassed, then don’t harass him! Be respectful!’ and ‘the paparazzi act like this man hasn’t seen the light of day in decades. No wonder he wants to avoid you!’