Country Legend Loretta Lynn And Kid Rock Stunned Fans With Some Big News

Loretta Lynn and Kid Rock are a bit of an odd couple, to say the least. She’s a country veteran; he’s a raucous rap-rock star. Nearly 40 years separate the pair, too. But strange as it may seem, the musicians have actually been close for a while. And if Lynn is to be believed, she and her younger friend have actually gotten even closer recently. No wonder she’s set people’s tongues wagging with her big news.

So, has the pair’s relationship gone to the next level? Well, Lynn already knows a thing or two about marriage. In late August 2020 she attended a vow renewal ceremony held by her son Ernie and his wife Crystal. And following the happy event, the star doled out some sage wisdom on the nature of holy matrimony.

“Marriage isn’t always easy. Heck, it’s not even always pretty, but love holds you together, and you push through the bad days to enjoy the good ones,” Lynn wrote on Instagram. “I’m so proud of [Ernie and Crystal] and wish them years of happiness.” The post was accompanied by several images of the happy couple together with other family members.

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However, at some point during the ceremony, Lynn took center stage alongside her much younger friend. And in front of a packed room, the two caused a commotion that soon saw everyone erupt into shocked laughter. It was quite a reaction, but Lynn and Rock’s outrageousness probably warranted it.

Lynn’s used to making a stir, of course. Now one of the biggest names in country music, the woman born Loretta Webb made her name with songs that tackled hard-hitting issues. Her 1975 hit “The Pill” was even banned by several radio stations for its controversial subject matter. And she hasn’t exactly been shy about drawing on her own life for inspiration, either.

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Arguably Lynn’s most famous song is “Coal Miner’s Daughter” – a rousing tale of her hardscrabble upbringing. But regardless of any huge professional success, life hasn’t always been kind to the star since. In her 1976 memoir – also titled Coal Miner’s Daughter – Lynn revealed details of her tumultuous time with husband Oliver.

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Lynn had wed Oliver – more commonly known as Doolittle – in 1948, when she was just shy of turning 16. Doolittle, by contrast, had been in his 20s. But perhaps against the odds, the marriage lasted. This was despite Doolittle’s alleged cruelty, as Lynn mentioned in her 2002 book Still Woman Enough.

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“I married Doo when I wasn’t but a child, and he was my life from that day on,” Lynn explained. “But as important as my youth and upbringing was, there’s something else that made me stick to Doo. He thought I was something special – more special than anyone else in the world – and never let me forget it.”

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“That belief would be hard to shove out the door,” Lynn continued. “Doo was my security, my safety net. And just remember, I’m explainin’, not excusin’. Doo was a good man and a hard worker. But he was an alcoholic, and it affected our marriage all the way through. He was also a womanizer.”

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There was apparently violence, too, as the country legend revealed in the 2016 American Masters – Loretta Lynn: Still A Mountain Girl documentary. “If [Doo] smacked me or anything, I’d stand up and be fightin’ him just like I’d be fightin’ the other woman,” she said. “He’d smack me, I’d smack him; he’d pull my hair, I pulled his hair. That’s the way it was.”

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Lynn even recounted a particular incident that first saw Doolittle enter the couple home while inebriated. And according to the star, she had then hit her husband in the face, knocking out both his front teeth. “I heard teeth hittin’ the floor and thought, ‘Ooh, I’m dead. He not gonna put up with this,’” she revealed. “But he laughed.” In the end, Lynn said, Doolittle was proud of the injury and would gladly tell people that “the old lady knocked ’em out.”

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“We fought hard, and we loved hard,” Lynn added to Nashville Scene in 2000. “I never knew what I was comin’ home to. I didn’t know if I was comin’ home to fightin’ or what. It was pretty rough. Doo drank a lot. There was a lot of times I’d have rather not come home. And if it hadn’t been for my babies, I wouldn’t have.”

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But despite Doolittle’s alleged infidelity and abuse, Lynn stayed with him until his death in 1996 from diabetes-related complications. “We had a lot of hard times,” she admitted. “But the thing of it was I still loved Doo, and that’s the main thing. If he was here today, I’d be sittin’ by his bed right now.”

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This complicated marriage was immortalized on film in 1980’s Coal Miner’s Daughter, which starred Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones in the lead roles. And the film was a hit, becoming one of the year’s biggest box-office successes. Seven Academy Awards nominations would follow, with Spacek ultimately taking home the best actress gong for her portrayal of Lynn.

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Lynn then had a late-career renaissance when she teamed up with Jack White of The White Stripes on her 2004 album Van Lear Rose. At the time of the record’s release, she told Vanity Fair, “Jack was a kindred spirit.” And White returned the compliment, saying to Entertainment Weekly, “I want as many people as possible on Earth to hear [Loretta] because she’s the greatest female singer-songwriter of the last century.”

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Throughout her 60-year career, though, Lynn has stuck largely to her roots. That marks her out from Kid Rock, who took a more circuitous route on the way to country music. He burst into the mainstream in 1998 with the album Devil Without a Cause – a mix of heavy metal and hip-hop. That record shifted an incredible 14 million units off the back of hit single “Bawitdaba.”

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Then 2000 single “American Badass” – which contains a snippet of the Metallica track “Sad but True” – only cemented Rock’s reputation as, well, a rocker. So, too, did a tour with Metallica. But change was coming onto the horizon, as the star’s next album, Cocky, saw him flirt with a country sound for the first time.

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Yes, Rock was diversifying. While Cocky was dubbed a “blend of low-rider hip-hop and strip-mall heavy metal” in an Entertainment Weekly review, the album did contain more down-tempo tracks than any of Rock’s previous efforts. It also featured the countrified “Picture” – a duet with Sheryl Crow. And the song was a huge hit, showing Rock a path for his future career.

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So, on his 2007 album Rock n Roll Jesus, Rock stopped rapping and embraced a Southern country-rock sound. That record featured the single “All Summer Long,” which gave the star his first top ten hit on country radio. And perhaps finding that he’d tapped into a winning formula, Rock followed this up with 2010’s twangy Born Free.

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Rock’s love life has seen similar ups and downs. While he walked down the aisle with Baywatch star Pamela Anderson back in 2006, that union unfortunately proved to be short-lived, with Anderson filing for divorce just months after the wedding. But things have turned around, and he seems to have found lasting love with fiancée Audrey Berry.

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There appears to be plenty of love between Lynn and Rock, too, even though they come from such different worlds. In 2019, for example, Rock personally walked Lynn to the stage to receive her Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award at the Nashville Songwriter Awards. The duo were also seen together as part of the Christmas Parade in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee.

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But the most shocking development in the pair’s relationship wouldn’t come until August 2020. In that month, Lynn revealed that during the “hillbilly soiree” in which her son had Ernie renewed his marriage vows, she had taken the chance to do something that she’d talked about doing for years. Incredibly, the country legend claimed, she had married Rock.

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Lynn also posted a slightly surreal photo gallery of the occasion on Instagram. First, there was a picture of her laughing with Rock, who was covering his eyes in faux embarrassment. This was followed by a snap of the friends holding hands and then a series of pictures of Lynn wearing a wedding veil while Rock was on bended knee.

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“Things got crazy then – my boy Kid Rock was there, and we’ve always teased about getting ourselves married,” Lynn wrote. “Well, the preacher was already there, so we had some fun with it. Sorry girls, he’s taken now!” She also included a number of light-hearted hashtags in the post, including #gottahavesomefun, #tabloidfodder, #cougar and #88andfeelinggreat.

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Lynn’s grandchild Tayla Lynn Finger went into more detail about the unexpected turn of events on her own Instagram page. Referring to Rock as “Bob” – his birth name is Robert James Ritchie – Finger wrote, “Bob was about to sing a song when BAM, a preacher walks out on stage.” She then talked more about the relationship between Bob and Lynn, her “memaw.”

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“Now you must understand how close Kid and Memaw have gotten,” Finger explained. “Like they adore each other. They joke around all the time about getting married and saying to heck with the rest of them.” Finger, who’s Ernie’s daughter, then wrote, “So, Dad and Crystal decide to make that happen!”

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“Memaw and Kid both become giddy,” Finger continued. “Like school kids. They were so caught off guard but both so happy. They played along… Uncle Tim Cobb even had the veil ready. We all laughed, sang, hugged. It was a moment last night in the midst of the world turning sideways where love and joy were absolutely shared.”

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The groom even joined in, adding his two cents on Instagram. Rock wrote, “Always so much fun and such an honor to be with my favorite gal, and part-time wife, Loretta! Crystal and Ernie and the rest of the family put on a beautiful event with so many great friends.”

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“They definitely caught me off guard, and I am glad they did!” Rock added. “It was a much-needed ray of light in these trying times. I hope it put a smile on everyone’s face as big as mine and Loretta Lynn’s.” So, it’s clear that the players at the wedding had a great time – but what did their fans think of it?

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Well, one admirer posted in response to Lynn, “This is THE BEST thing I’ve seen all day.” Another joked with the star, “Loretta, you are probably the only person that has made Kid Rock blush.” And Lynn even replied to a few Facebook posts, getting into a tongue-in-cheek war of words with a handful of her fans.

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It all began when a man called Mark asked Lynn if she would be changing her last name. To this, she responded, “Loretta Rock has a nice ring to it!” A user named Tonya then chimed in, referencing one of the country veteran’s greatest hits when writing, “Sorry Loretta, but you ain’t woman enough to take my man Kid Rock.” Lynn didn’t let this lie, however, replying with a smiley emoji and the comment “Don’t try me, honey.”

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Finger’s post had its fair share of appreciative comments, too. One Instagram user wrote of the faux wedding, “This is absolutely golden! How happy your adorable Memaw looks and how surprised to be taken off guard for such a fun, creative ceremony with Kid Rock. Congrats to Crystal and Ernie on renewing their vows, and love how Kid Rock adores your Memaw, as we all do! A fun, loving family!”

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A Facebook user added to Lynn, “I am from Harlan County, Kentucky. I love you Loretta, and I think Kid Rock is amazing. The only thing that bothers me with him is the cussing, but that’s just the way he is. I know hardly anyone ever reads these comments, but if they should ever read mine, I hope they let you know that you are and always have been my favorite woman country singer, hands down.”

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Another fan expressed joking disappointment that Rock was now taken, writing, “No, Loretta, say it isn’t so! Love Kid Rock, [and] he was supposed to be my next husband. You look great, and Kid Rock looks hot as ever. Both of you are great singers and performers, as I’ve been to concerts performed by each of you.”

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“I even met you and Ernie once in person, when I was sister-in-law to one of your band members,” the admirer continued. “On my bucket list is to meet Kid Rock.” And there was similar praise from one more Facebook user, who wrote of the mock wedding, “Love it, Loretta! You’re such an inspiration to country girls everywhere! Can’t think of anyone better to lose our favorite fella to!”

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Finally, a fan of Lynn told the star, “He is the luckiest man on the planet! You are so beautiful, Ms. Rock, I mean Lynn! My grandma was named Loretta, and she took me to see Coal Miner’s Daughter at the movie theater. Ever since, I swore I would see you in concert, but it never happened. My gran really loved you!”

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“And I loved how I knew so many sweet and funny lines of the movie by heart and would quote them to her out of nowhere,” the commenter added. They concluded by expressing their gratitude to Lynn, writing, “Thank you for being you. It’s always a gift to hear you speak or sing. Love and hugs from Ohio!”

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So, had the two stars somehow pulled off the shock of the century? Well, in case it wasn’t obvious, Lynn took to Instagram once again to confirm that the “wedding” was simply a prank. She wrote, “Well, it didn’t last long, y’all, but it sure was fun! I guess I better get on here and let y’all know that it was just a joke. Kid Rock and I didn’t get married over the weekend, but we had a blast.”

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And Lynn garnished her post with hashtags that poked fun at the media response to the event, including #calmdown, #funtimes, #relaxoutthere, #whatwillshedonext and #iputthispictureaway. The last of these was a sly reference to Rock’s 2001 song “Picture,” which had been recorded with his ex-girlfriend Sheryl Crow.

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In addition, a source close to Lynn and Rock told E! News, “It’s a joke! They always tease each other saying they should get married! Loretta is so witty and funny! She’s gotten pretty savvy with social media. She loves hashtags. When they were planning this practical joke, she insisted on using the hashtag #cougar.”

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Lynn’s not the only country veteran with a sense of humor, though. Fellow star Dolly Parton is famed around the world for her witty quips – ones that often poke fun at her outsized image. Yet Parton can be serious and honest when she wants to, as fans know. And when she paid tribute to her husband of more than five decades, her words were enough to make even the hardest heart melt.

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Have you heard the story of Parton and her husband? No? Well, you’re probably not alone. After all, chances are that you might not even have known that Parton has a husband. And that’s because the outspoken country rarely talks about her private life with Carl Dean, a man who’s every bit as quiet and reclusive as his wife is confident and loud. Yet the pair have been married for over 50 years – and what Parton has to say about the love of her life might just come as a surprise.

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Dolly Parton always wanted to be on stage, of course. And while the young Parton undoubtedly had plenty of talent, she had a remarkable amount of luck as well. Just 24 hours after she graduated from high school, for instance, the ambitious teen packed her bags for Nashville – and it was a good thing she did.

The would-be star then quickly made Nashville her new home. And it wasn’t long before she ran into a man named Carl Dean outside the Wishy Washy Laundromat. It was the classic unexpected romantic encounter – because affairs of the heart were the last things that Parton had on her mind at that point. Still, she fell for Dean immediately.

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In 2014, in fact, Parton recalled the moment that she first encountered Dean. “I was walking down the street to the laundromat, and he stopped me,” she explained. “He said, ‘Hey, you’re going to get sunburned out here!’” The following conversation turned out to be one of the most important of Parton’s life, too.

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Parton has also revealed more about these early stages of the relationship on her website. “I was surprised and delighted that while he talked to me, he looked at my face (a rare thing for me),” she said. “He seemed to be genuinely interested in finding out who I was and what I was about.”

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The young pair – Parton was aged just 18, while Dean was 21 – then started to go on dates. And as it happened, they were a match made in heaven; their seemingly opposing personalities fit together perfectly. And so, after two years as boyfriend and girlfriend, the couple decided that it was time to get married.

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But Parton’s record label wasn’t happy with the idea of her walking down the aisle. In fact, the label requested that she delay the nuptials for a while. Parton wasn’t having any of that, however. Showing the independent spirit that would make her a music legend, the singer simply eloped to Georgia with her fiancé.

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The wedding was a very small one as a result. In fact, the only guests present to witness the union were the preacher, the preacher’s wife and the bride’s mother, Avie Lee Parton. But as you might expect, the happy couple were nonetheless beaming on the day.

Parton’s wedding was also non-traditional in another respect: she didn’t publicly take her husband’s name. So, although her passport changed to read Dolly Parton Dean, the star remained known to her fans as Dolly Parton. “I didn’t change names because I already had a record deal. It made no sense,” she told The Guardian. “[Dean] never asked me to.”

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Back in those days, you see, the couple couldn’t have known for certain that Parton was going to make it as a singer. They certainly didn’t know that she’d become a world-famous one. But by the mid-1970s the young blonde was topping the charts with hits such as “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You.”

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Yet one of her other hit tunes – as diehard Parton fans will know – was actually written for her husband. Yes, “From Here to the Moon and Back” is all about her relationship with Dean. Throughout the track, in fact, the lyrics state, “Love everlasting, I promise you that, from here to the moon and back.”

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Sadly, though, a sudden thrust into the spotlight has spelled the end of many a relationship. Yet fame and fortune did not break the bond between Parton and Dean. In fact, he was a reclusive businessman in the paving industry with no desire whatsoever for celebrity. But he nonetheless stood by his wife through it all.

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Dean even had to put up with affair rumors. In the ’80s and ’90s, specifically, there were whispers that Parton’s marriage to Dean was a front for a relationship with her pal Judy Ogle. But in 1991 Parton firmly told Vanity Fair, “She’s not my lover. She has never been my lover. If we were lovers, I would not be ashamed of it, I’d just say there’s a great love between us – so there.”

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In fact, Parton was adamant throughout that whole period that neither party in her marriage was worried about affairs. She told Rolling Stone in 1980, “My husband likes the freedom as much as I do. He’s got his own work to do, and he’s glad when I’m gone a certain amount of time. We’re not afraid that one of us is gonna run off with somebody else, because we couldn’t find in nobody else what we found in each other.”

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So the decades passed, and the pair remained bonded by marriage. It was seemingly a blissful union too. When the pair hit 50 years together, then, they decided to celebrate – by renewing their vows in a private ceremony. The May 2016 event was so exclusive, in fact, that no images have ever been released.

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But even though there are no public photos, Parton was happy to paint a picture of the marriage with her words. “He really is my best friend,” she told Closer in March 2017, finally speaking to the world about her most treasured but private of relationships. “If I had it to do all over, I’d do it all over again. And we did.”

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“I’m dragging him, kicking and screaming, into the next 50 years!” Parton joked to the publication. And the star had another little treat for her loyal fans, too. The couple’s wedding outfits – Parton’s dress and Dean’s suit – went on display at the Dollywood theme park in July 2017.

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With so very little known about her relationship, though, it’s in some ways refreshing to hear Parton opening up about it. On the star’s official website, for example, it’s stated that the couple have faced “many of life’s obstacles” and “plenty of unique challenges.” But we may never know the exact details for certain.

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Yet we do know the most important thing: the pair love each other very much. “Nearly every aspect of Dolly and Carl’s personalities compliment one another,” Parton’s website reads. “While one would think Dolly would be the most entertaining of the two, she often says that it’s Carl’s unique sense of humor which keeps her laughing.”

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Parton’s sister Stella thinks the couple are perfect for each other as well – even with Dean being as private as he is. “When it’s important stuff family-wise, he’s there – weddings, births, and funerals. But he doesn’t care a thing about all the public stuff. It’s not his bag at all, and we respect that,” she told Closer.

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In the press release for the vow renewal ceremony, however, Dean did answer one question about his relationship. When asked what it was like the first time that he saw Parton, he replied, “My first thought was, ‘I’m gonna marry that girl.’ My second thought was, ‘Lord, she’s good looking.’ And that was the day my life began. I wouldn’t trade the last 50 years for nothing on this Earth.”

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Parton shared some of the secrets of her relationship to People in 2018, too. She said, “I always joke and laugh when people ask me what’s the key to my long marriage and lasting love. 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.”

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Some of those little things are as simple as eating fast food. Parton remembered, “When I met my husband, he wanted to take me out to dinner. He pulled up to the drive-in window and got our food at McDonald’s. We know a few little places we can go without being bothered. He only likes to go places where he can be comfortable!”

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Parton said her husband also “knows [she’s] always going to kind of be fixed up for him because [she doesn’t] believe in going home and being a slouch.” But the star added that Dean doesn’t mind if she doesn’t look 100 percent all the time. She said, “He doesn’t care what I wear as long as I’m happy. He loves me the way I am.”

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About her vow renewal ceremony, Parton said, “I never really felt like I had the wedding that we really wanted. He got all dressed up, and I got all dressed up. Fifty years is a long time for anything, and I felt that we needed to do something to commemorate this. It’s been a good 50 years, and I don’t know how many more years we’ll have left.”

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After all, in February 2019 Parton shared a slightly shocking secret: her husband doesn’t particularly like her music. This is despite the fact that Parton has won multiple awards, including nine Grammys, three American Music Awards and seven Academy of Country Music Awards, among others. Apparently, though, her songs just aren’t to his taste.

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Appearing on the show Good Morning Britain to advertise 9 To 5: The Musical, Parton explained, “He’s not necessarily one of the biggest fans of my music.” Dean also tends not to watch her perform her songs live on stage. However, this is for another reason – and a touching one, at that.

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Parton told the Good Morning Britain host, “For years and years, he would never come to the shows because he felt like he’d get nervous if I messed up. So he never wanted to watch it. The first time he saw me perform and that I was in control of the stage, he was okay.”

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Dean has now seen his wife perform on stage “maybe a couple or two” times, according to Parton. She said, “He likes hard rock, he likes Led Zeppelin and bluegrass music, so my music is somewhere in between. He doesn’t dislike it, but he doesn’t go out of his way to play my records. Let’s put it that way.”

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But despite that, Dean has nothing but pride in her many accomplishments, Parton claimed. As she explained on Good Morning Britain, “He’s proud of me. And he loves that I love what I do. I think it’s just… it’s a touchy subject. I’m like his little girl, I think. He just worries about that.”

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That same month, Parton also discussed her life and marriage with British tabloid The Sun. The interviewer brought up the old rumors about Parton and her friend Judy Ogle, and once more she firmly denied them. She said, “People love to talk – but sometimes that’s your best publicity. I don’t care what they say as long as they don’t hurt other people I love.”

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Though The Sun mentioned that Parton and Dean might have had an “open and free relationship” at one point, Parton herself said nothing about this rumor. She only said of her husband, “He’s a good man. It is a true love story, and he’s my best buddy. He’s crazy, he’s funny.”

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Parton went on, “So I think laughter has been a big part of our relationship. We both have a lot of fun. And we’re not in the same business. He doesn’t care about that. He’s pretty much a homebody, loves staying around home. We live out on a farm. He likes to mow the fields and work on his tractors.”

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The Sun also brought up the subject of children. That’s because Parton had a hysterectomy at the age of 36 and thought that a family of her own probably “wasn’t meant to be.” She does have a famous goddaughter, though: pop star Miley Cyrus. Parton is friends with her father, Billy Ray.

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The Sun asked Parton whether she thought she’d have been as successful if she and Dean had had children. She answered, “Chances are, not. I look at everything like it happened the way that it was supposed to. I’m pretty sure if I’d had kids I would not have done as much. I always think, ‘Well, maybe God didn’t mean for me to have children, so everybody’s children could be mine.’”

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Yet there are a lot of members of Parton’s family; she was one of 12 kids born to her parents. But she doesn’t necessarily feel like she or Dean missed out. She told The Sun, “My husband feels the same way. Now that we are older, we’re almost kind of glad that we don’t have a bunch of grandkids driving us crazy.”

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Later on in 2019 Parton released a new show for Netflix called Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings. The show is an anthology about the inspirations behind some of the singer’s most popular songs, such as “Jolene” and “Two Doors Down.” And naturally, people asked about Dean while she was promoting it.

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On the red carpet for the premiere of the show, for instance, Parton told People, “[Dean is] always supporting me as long as I don’t try to drag him in on it. He’s always been my biggest fan behind the scenes, but he’s at home. I don’t think they’re probably showing much of this on TV and if they do, he might see it.”

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Parton added of her husband, “But anyway, he’d never come dragging around. I’d rather bring somebody else with me, you know? He’s never jealous of that either.” For the Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings premiere, in fact, the singer ended up bringing designer Steve Summers, plus an assortment of pals and relatives.

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So while the relationship between the international megastar and the humble businessman may not be very public – or even particularly conventional – it seems to have worked out extremely well. And from the way both of them have spoken of each other, something has become evident. That’s to say, the Parton-Dean marriage might be one of the healthiest in showbiz.

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