"We still have our little times, like in the springtime when the first yellow daffodils come out."
Dolly Parton met her husband 56 years ago, out of which they've been married for 54 years. With time, the love fades, they say. But that's definitely not the case with Parton and her husband Carl Dean, according to PEOPLE. She let everyone in on a little secret, admitting that even after being married for over five decades hasn't stopped them from having date nights. "We do! My husband and I, we've been together 56 years," says Parton, who met the Nashville businessman when she was 18. "We still have our little times, like in the springtime when the first yellow daffodils come out. Even if there's still some snow around it, my husband always brings me a bouquet. And he'll usually write me a little poem."
Dolly Parton with her husband, Carl Dean, 1966.— Eric Alper 🎧 (@ThatEricAlper) March 2, 2020
Although Parton does not use Dean's surname professionally, her passport says "Dolly Parton Dean" and that she sometimes uses Dean when signing contracts.
They've been married now for 53 years. pic.twitter.com/hCske40GpX
"Which to me, that's priceless. That's like a date in itself." Parton reveals how one of their first dates was at a McDonald's. Now, it's Parton who does the cooking. "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. Or I'll do a candlelight dinner. We don't make an issue of it. It's like certain days, you feel a certain way. And I'll say, ‘I'm going to surprise him. And we're going to have real cloth napkins and real crystal."
Dolly Parton and her husband Carl Dean will be celebrating 50 years of marriage this month 💍 pic.twitter.com/cU3JpmUHv5— Everything TN (@Everything_TN) May 5, 2016
"I'm going to put the real china out instead of the paper plates we usually eat on because we don't want to have to wash dishes.’” If she had to share a secret to her successful marriage, it's because of how comfortable she is in her own skin. "And that's sexy. You may not want to dress or look like me, you can take from that to be yourself. I'm a very passionate person in everything that I do, and I think passion has great sex appeal. I think people are drawn to that because it's magic. It's an energy. And I've always been a great lover because I'm passionate. I just feel my sensuality, my sexuality, my passion, and I don't have to apologize for any of that," she says.
dolly parton and carl dean on their wedding day, 1966 pic.twitter.com/asNm2mHz7A— vintage pics (@60spics) May 16, 2018
"I've never been offensive in any way, never tried to be. Or I've never tried to be anything other than just what I am." However, Parton revealed that they may not have hit this milestone, thanks to the quarantine. While giving advice to Jenna Bush Hager, Parton revealed the best way to maintain the love. "I would say if you're trapped in the house with him, you might want to be in separate rooms," Parton joked on TODAY. "The reason it worked for me is because I've stayed gone. I can't get away now. I'm stuck there now. I might find out who he is. We may not make it until the next anniversary."
The fact that both of them can laugh together has made a huge difference in their lives. "We both are very crazy people, and we have a completely different sense of humor, but we just absolutely laugh all the time and that's been true through the years,'' she said. "I think there's a whole lot to be said about being good friends, but a good sense of humor, like even right now during these times I've been making jokes about some of the stuff. People say, 'Oh you shouldn't be talking about that.' I say, 'Oh, I know it's no laughing matter what's going on, but laughter truly is the best medicine, and it's true with relationships as well.'"