The truth about Dolly Parton’s first celebrity crush

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The truth about Dolly Parton's first celebrity crush

Dolly Parton and longtime husband Carl Thomas Dean married on May 30, 1966, when she was just 20 years old, per Oprah Magazine. She’d just gotten her big break, singing the demo “Put It Off Until Tomorrow” for country music artist Bill Phillips, and her very first single, “Dumb Blonde,” was slowly climbing the Billboard charts. Many in the music industry encouraged her to wait to get married, worried that having a husband could impede her career. But in typical Parton fashion, she announced (per People): “I ain’t waiting!”

When asked to reveal her secrets to a long-lasting marriage, she unabashedly shared her biggest tip. “I always joke and laugh when people ask me what’s the key to my long marriage and lasting love,” Parton told People. “I always say ‘Stay gone!’ and there’s a lot of truth to that. I travel a lot, but we really enjoy each other when we’re together and the little things we do.”

The singer-songwriter — famous for tunes such as “Jolene,” “I Will Always Love You,” and the Kenny Rogers duet “Islands in the Stream” — celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary with Dean by renewing their vows at their home in Nashville. “I never really felt like I had the wedding that we really wanted,” Parton told People. “He got all dressed up and I got all dressed up. It’s been a good 50 years and I don’t know how many more years we’ll have left.”

The truth about Dolly Parton's first celebrity crush

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