After a year of doing concerts around the globe, there’s no place Dolly Parton would rather be than her homey lakefront vacation house 20 miles outside Brentwod, Tenn.
That’s where she went after the conclusion of her recent ‘Blue Smoke’ tour. There, she ditched the wigs, high heels and rhinestones to fish, cook and enjoy the company of her husband of 48 years, Carl Dean.
“When she gets home, cuddling up on the couch with Carl and watching an old movie seems heaven-sent,” says a friend.
“We’re both pretty much old goats,” Dolly tells ‘Closer’ with a smile. “We do get along well. We’re just very compatible with our natures.”
Dolly performing in June 2014. (Photo Credit: Getty)
Life wasn’t always this idyllic. Their current comfort is a far cry from the crisis that nearly ripped them apart and ended their marriage.
“Dolly felt like she had no one to talk to,” says an insider, “not even Carl.”
She was waging a war with depression that rendered her unable to tour and made her doubt her future of her marriage. But Carl made it clear to his distraught wife that divorce was not an option.
A closer look at the toughest time in their relationship reveals why it’s still so strong after almost 50 years.
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