Dolly Parton Says Secret to 52-Year Marriage to Carl Dean Is to "Stay Gone"

"Stay gone" sounds like a great title for a country song; it's also some great marriage advice from country legend Dolly Parton. “I’ve been married for 53 years come next May, and my husband and I have a great relationship,” the 72-year-old Parton tells People about her reclusive spouse Carl Thomas Dean, who never appears in public with his wife. “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!’ and there’s a lot of truth to that. I travel a lot, but we really enjoy each other when we’re together and the little things we do.” As for keeping their union out of the spotlight, she adds, "We know a few little places we can go without being bothered. He only likes to go places where he can be comfortable!"

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