Dolly Parton on 54 Year Marriage in New Podcast Interview

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday December 7, 2020

Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton  (Source:AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Dolly Parton spoke of her 54-year marriage in an interview with Jessie Ware for the "Table Manners" podcast, Jezebel reports.

With the kind of lovable sass expected of Parton, the country superstar said "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." In September, the couple were featured in Oprah, where Parton explained that husband, Carl Thomas Dean, who she met outside a Nashville laundromat in 1964, prefers to stay out of the spotlight — they have rarely been photographed or interviewed together.

Parton told People that the secret to maintaining their marriage is in planning spontaneous, romantic dates for one another. "I'll cook the stuff that I know we love. And I pack it up in a picnic basket. And then we'll go find some riverbank somewhere with our little camper, park, have a picnic. Or we'll pull up to some little Days Inn motel, go in as long as the bed's clean and there's a bathroom. We just do our little things like that.

"In the springtime when the first yellow daffodils come out...my husband always brings me a bouquet. And he'll usually write me a little poem. Which to me, that's priceless. That's like a date in itself," she said.

Parton's latest album, the holiday-themed "A Holly Dolly Christmas," features "Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas," a duet with Michael Bublé. She said, "I wanted to cuddle up and cozy up with him but I couldn't very well do that, not this year anyway. So maybe next year I'll get to do a Christmas special of the same album and maybe I'll get to cuddle up with him then.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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