Dolly Parton is one of the world’s most recognizable celebrities, but there are many fans who don’t realize she’s also a married lady.
Dolly and her husband, Carl Dean, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on May 30, and Carl has agreed to come out of hiding as they renew their vows in a special ceremony. He hasn’t been seen in public with his wife for decades.
Dolly admits it wasn’t easy to get Carl in a new suit for the occasion, though.
She tells ABC News, “I said, ‘Well, we’re going shopping for a wedding suit and I don’t want to hear nothin’ about it!’ So anyway, we’ve got him all suited up, so he liked the suit.”
Getting Carl to do anything is a challenge for Dolly.
She says with a laugh, “My husband is the worst! It’s hard for me to make him do anything. I have to make him go to the dentist, I have to make him go to the doctor. I have to make him get new clothes.”
Dolly and Carl dated for two years before tying the knot, and Dolly says he’s proud they’ve made it this long.
She adds, “He said he would [go along with the vow renewal], so he better — or it won’t last another year!”
Dolly is expected to sell the photos of the ceremony to raise money for The Imagination Library, her organization that gives books to kids around the globe.