If you feel like your relationship is going nowhere, listen to Dolly Parton‘s advice. Dolly and her husband, Carl Thomas Dean, have been together for more than 50 years, and this is a feat that only a few big celebrities can achieve.

The big question is, how were they able to fly under the radar? What secrets do these two have and how is it possible for them to be with each other for more than half a century?

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via Screengrab from YouTube

Dolly Parton and Carl Thomas Dean’s 50-Year Marriage

No one would have thought that these two met at a laundromat. It was almost like love at first sight for Carl and he always knew that Dolly Parton was the one for him. Two years of dating led them to know each other and they finally tied the knot back in 1966. When asked what their secret is, Dolly shared:

“I always joke and laugh when people ask me what’s the key to my long marriage and lasting love. I always say, ‘Stay gone!’ I travel a lot, but we really enjoy each other when we’re together and the little things we do. I know every line in his face and he knows every hair in my wig.”

The couple never had children and this might have contributed to their relationship since they are both away from each other from time to time.

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via Dolly Parton’s Twitter page

Opposites Do Attract

Dolly Parton has a glamorous life (being one of country’s biggest star) while her husband lives under the radar. In one of her stories, Dolly was even told by her husband not to make him go to another award ceremony ever again. Apparently, this whole thing is not Carl’s scene and he feels uncomfortable going to big events. Dolly also said that her husband rarely goes to her shows and he is not that a big fan of his wife’s music. 

Although this was the case, this proved that not being with each other all the time actually helps the relationship. It keeps the excitement of seeing each other (after not seeing for a while) alive.

Listen to one of Dolly Parton’s song for her husband: