We’ve barely ever seen Carl Dean throughout his 50-year marriage to Dolly Parton, but apparently, things aren’t going well for the longtime couple behind closed doors. According to Star magazine, the duo may be headed for a $500 million divorce.
Dolly has been vocal in the past about how her husband likes to remain out of the public eye, which could maybe be why things from them are headed in the wrong direction. “Carl is very traditional, and while he accepts Dolly’s relentless touring and appearances to promote herself, there are certain things he can’t tolerate,” an insider told the news outlet.
“He’s turned a blind eye to so much over the last 50 years,” the source added. “Affairs of the heart and — if the rumors are believed — of the flesh, too. Dolly’s always been a flirt and he’s never liked seeing her cozy up to co-stars.”
In her book, Dolly on Dolly, Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton, the country star actually admitted to her own indiscretions. “I grew up around macho men and have had my lovers that are that macho type,” she revealed. “I’m kinda drawn to that.” She also confessed to one “affair of the heart, which “just about killed [her].”
However, she’s also expressed in the past that she doesn’t worry too much about Carl’s behavior. “I don’t get jealous. It never crosses my mind. And if [Carl] does something, I never want to know,” she once said. Interesting…
Although rumors are suggesting Dolly could soon be a single woman, she once revealed she’d never actually leave Carl. “There’s no way in heaven’s name that I could ever leave Carl,” Dolly once shared. “He’s just the funniest, wittiest guy in the world. She added that she fell for “his honesty. His decency. The way he lets me be free.”
However, if Carl ends up leaving Dolly instead, “he’d certainly have a claim on his hands for a chunk of her fortune.” Yikes!