Dolly Parton said she would not be going on tour ever again.
The singer stated that she and her husband of 56 years, Carl Thomas Dean, are getting old and need to be around each other.
Parton and Dean have only been seen out once.
The singer revealed why she kept her marriage private from the beginning.
Country queen Dolly Parton had an interview with Pollstar and revealed that she would never go on tour again. Parton said she’s been touring all her life and knows how tiring and time-consuming it can be.
Now that she and her husband are getting older, the actress would like to be closer to home in case anything happens. She said: “I laughed more in the hospital than I ever have in my life, making fun of all the weird things that were happening to me.”
The country star continued to reason that she did not want to disappoint her fans or her husband. If she was ever needed at home while on tour, the feeling of walking out on a show and the guilt of being away from home is something Parton does not want to experience.
However, that does not mean we will not hear more of Parton. She said she would continue performing at shows and festivals but nothing that needs her to be on the road for an extended period.
Parton and her husband, Carl Thomas Dean, celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary this year. The couple’s relationship has been so private that people suspected Dean was imaginary.
The “Jolene” singer was aware of this and said she and Dean have an ongoing joke that their marriage has lasted this long because Parton was always gone.
Despite Parton being a worldwide sensation, the singer said Dean never wanted to be in the limelight and knew that they would not have had peace if the public got a whiff of their relationship.
Furthermore, Parton explained that Dean chose to be with her and not her fame, and he would love for them to keep their union scared and protected from the public, with which she already shares so much of herself.
Dolly Parton and Carl Thomas Dean’s Love Story
According to Women’s World, Parton met Dean the first day she moved to Nashville, the singer was 18 then, and Dean was 21.
The couple eventually locked eyes while standing outside a Wishy-Washy Landramet at Music City and dated shortly after the encounter.
Their first meeting was surreal for Dean. From the moment he met Parton, he said he knew he would marry her, reported ET-Online. After stumbling on that thought, he realized, “lord, she’s good-looking.”
In the early stages of their relationship, Parton revealed that Dean wanted to take her out for dinner, but there were only a few places they could go to without being bothered.
One of those places was McDonald’s. Parton told People that they drove to the drive-through, got their food, and went somewhere quiet to have one of their first dates.