Dolly Parton’s sister, Stella Parton, opens up in the new issue of with Closer Weekly, giving readers a rare glimpse inside the country queen’s private world, including her 50-year marriage.
In the exclusive interview with Closer, Stella stresses that while Dolly’s husband, businessman Carl Dean, is reclusive, he’s never let the Partons down.
“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,” Stella tells Closer, on newsstands now.
Dolly and Stella.
“He thinks of all that as foolishness. But he doesn’t say anything about us doing it because ‘That’s what the girls do.’ That’s the way he says it,” Stella reveals with a laugh.
That dichotomy is what makes them work, Stella insists. “They’re very unique, but they complement each other. They let each other be free to be the way they are,” she says.
“He really is my best friend,” Dolly tells _Closer _of the man she wed on May 30, 1966. “If I had it to do all over, I’d do it all over again, and we did,” she adds, referring to their private vow-renewal ceremony last year to mark their golden anniversary. “I’m dragging him, kicking and screaming, into the next 50 years!” she jokes. Stella confirms that Carl is a great match for her sister. “He’s a good guy!”
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