In a new interview, country music legend Dolly Parton admitted that after 57 years together and 54 years of marriage, she and her husband Carl Dean are “sick” of each other.
“My husband and I have been together for 57 years and married for 54, and I’m sick of him and I’m sure he’s sick of me,” Parton, 74, said while appearing on Jessie Ware’s Table Manners podcast.
When asked about what her vices are, Parton said, “My weaknesses have always been men, sex and food and not necessarily in that order.”
Dean, 78, and Parton have been married since 1966. Though Parton has been globally known superstar for decades, Dean has long tried to stay out of the spotlight. Parton recently told Entertainment Tonight that Dean has avoided the spotlight so much that some fans have questioned whether he exists.
“A lot of people have thought that through the years, because he does not want to be in the spotlight at all,” she explained. “It’s just not who he is. He’s like, 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.”
“I’ve always respected and appreciated that in him and I’ve always tried to keep him out of the limelight as much as I can,” Parton continued. “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. We’ve been together 56 years, married 54.”
In her latest interview, Parton talked about using the months of coronavirus lockdown to work on her latest album, “A Holly Dolly Christmas.”
“I’d been wanting to do a Christmas album for a while. Timing is everything and I’ve always been lucky with timing,” Parton said. “It was a good time. Yes I did write a lot of the new stuff when this whole thing started. I also had been writing a lot of other things.”
“I just have to write what comes to me, and some things that don’t have to do with anything. An idea will come to me if it’s a love song, if it’s a happy song, if it’s a sad song,” she added. “I think because I’ve been so emotional, and just being in tune with people and their sorrows with what’s going on and I’m a very emotional sensitive person and I just write all the time. It’s been great therapy for me. It’s been a great release for me feeling like I’m also being productive.”