What do you think is an important factor in keeping a marriage or any relationship last? We all know that we live in a society that is sometimes dictated by how other people perceive us and because of that, we seek validation through social media. Sad, but true, isn’t it? Well, Dolly Parton has got some wisdom to share after being in 50-plus years of marriage.

On May 30, 1966, Dolly Parton married Carl Dean.

“My first thought was, ‘I’m gonna marry that girl,’ ” Dean said of his first impression of a young Miss Parton in a statement about their 50th-anniversary vow renewal last year in Nashville. “My second thought was, ‘Lord she’s good lookin’.’ And that was the day my life began. I wouldn’t trade the last 50 years for nothing on this earth.”

This is an incredibly sweet quote for a man who keeps a low profile like Dean. If you’re a big fan, you know too well that Dean is that type of guy who has never appeared in public with Parton. That itself is a standout!

 “My husband is not one who wants to be just thrown out there,” Parton told Alex Frank in a Vogue interview last year. “He’s very private, and I’ve always respected that for him and about him. And so, we just try to live our lives. Everybody is not entitled to every single thing you do and thought you think, although I do share as much of my life as I possibly can. I’m not holding back any information, but there are just some things that are sacred and private.”

My Take

I certainly agree that every marriage or relationship deserves its fair share of privacy, no matter the fame of one to the other. When Parton was asked if she thought that privacy had helped her and her husband stay married for so long, Parton responded, “I do think that’s had a lot to do with it. If we had fallen victim to every tabloid story and all that—we just try to find the humor in it.”

I feel that this is very relevant for any married person out there in the age of social media over-sharing. Instagram and Facebook likes may come and go, but the reality of your relationship is forever.