While appearing on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” this week, country music Dolly Parton told a story from her teenage years in her own classically unique way.
Parton explained to Fallon and actor Noah Centineo that her date ended with her walking to her East Tennessee home through dark, dangerous woods.
“There are bears and bobcats, and there are those toothless, ‘Deliverance’-kind of mountain men in addition to the bears and all that,” she said of the five-mile journey home. “That was not a pleasant place to be.”
Parton went on to explain that her date had kicked her out of his car after she turned down his advances.
“It was a ‘put out or get out’ situation,” she explained. “So he kicked me out to walk home.”
Looking back on the outcome of what happened, Parton could not help but question how bad making out with the date would have been.
“I thought, if that ever happens to me again, I’m definitely giving it up,” she said. “I would rather be chewed on by a boy than a bear!”
Luckily for Parton, she met her husband Carl Dean shortly thereafter, and she’s been married to him now for 54 years! 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.”
“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 recently 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.”