This May, Dolly Parton has a very special date with her husband, Carl Dean, to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
“I’ve got a beautiful, fancy wedding dress and he’s got a fine suit,” Dolly, 70, reveals. At a private celebration in Nashville, Tenn., the couple plan to renew their wedding vows and then kick up their heels at a party with their closest family and friends. “It’s a sacred thing to me, our relationship,” says Dolly, who gushes that Carl is “just the most precious thing in the world.”
However, just a few weeks after Dolly and Carl’s romantic anniversary soiree, the beloved country music star will be packing up her guitars and leaving home and Carl behind when she hits the road for her Pure & Simple tour to promote the release of a new two-disc set, Pure & Simple With Dolly’s Biggest Hits.
Dolly in June 2014. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
The crooner tends to shrug off the periods of long separation in her marriage, which have been frequent almost from the moment they met outside the Wishy Washy Laundromat in Nashville in 1964, when Dolly was 18 and Carl was 21. Carl, now a retired businessman at 73, is “very much a loner,” Dolly insists. “He likes his space. The fact that I’m gone a lot suits him fine. We always had a wonderful understanding about this whole thing.”
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That understanding will be needed in the months ahead, a friend tells Closer. “She’s going to do 60 to 65 shows in the US and Canada from June to December,” reveals a Dolly insider about her first large-scale North American tour in 25 years, which kicks off on June 3 in Greensboro, N.C.
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