Dolly Parton Explained Why We Don't See More Of Her Husband

    "We're not in each other's faces all the time."

    Dolly Parton — one of the most legendary musicians of all time — has been married to husband Carl Dean for 56 years. But Dean's largely shied away from the public eye for most of her career.

    Dolly Parton attends We Are Family Foundation honors Dolly Parton & Jean Paul Gaultier at Hammerstein Ballroom on November 05, 2019 in New York City.

    While talking with Entertainment Tonight about her new book Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics, Parton opened up about her and Dean's decision to keep their relationship private.

    Dolly Parton attends a press conference before a performance celebrating her 50-year anniversary with the Grand Ole Opry at The Grand Ole Opry on October 12, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.

    "It's just not who he is," she explained. "He's...a quiet, reserved person and he figured if he ever got out there in that, he'd never get a minute’s peace and he's right about that."

    Dolly Parton with the GRAMMY Charities Signings during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

    "He said, 'I didn't choose this world, I chose you, and you chose that world. But we can keep our lives separate and together.' And we do and we have."

    Dolly Parton speaks onstage during the 53rd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.

    "Our joke about the fact, when people ask me why it's lasted this long, I say, 'Because I stay gone.' And there's a lot of truth in that — the fact that we're not in each other's faces all the time."

    When they are together, though, it really counts.: "We do have a great respect and admiration for each other. We both have a great sense of humor. So we have a lot of fun."

    And when it comes to her hubby, Parton's love is forever.

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