Dolly Parton Praises Her Husband for Being ‘Very Sweet and Romantic’

Dolly Parton and her husband, Carl, will celebrate their 58th wedding anniversary in May. The country music icon says, after so much time together, they both are still romantic, each in their own way.

“I’m more of the romantic one in planning things,” Parton insisted to Extra TV.  “But he’s very sweet and romantic, because every spring, he’ll get a mason jar, and he’ll get me a big bouquet of yellow flowers. Every now and then he’ll write a poem for me, and that’s always the sweetest thing ever.”

Parton and Carl spent her recent 78th birthday apart, while she worked on her upcoming Broadway musical, which was totally fine with her.

“He surprised me by giving me nothing,” Parton said with a laugh. “Actually, I didn’t see him until the next day. We don’t really have to buy big gifts for each other. He’ll always get me some fun little sweet something he thinks that I can use.”

Parton, who said Carl loved her recent Dallas Cowboys cheerleader outfit, but thought it was a bit short, has a lot of projects she is working on, although she says she falls short of being a true workaholic.

“I don’t think I am,” Parton maintained. “I work really hard. I guess you’d think that, but I like to have a little time now and then to lay back. I know I’m a foodaholic … I love baking up my family’s favorite southern recipes, like chocolate cake.”

Parton also touched on her recent birthday celebration at the Grand Ole Opry, which included a drunken performance by Elle King on “Marry Me,” which resulted in the Opry issuing an apology on King’s behalf.

“Elle is really a great artist,” Parton defended. “She’s a great girl, and she’s been going through a lot of hard things lately, and she just had a little too much to drink. So let’s just forgive that and forget it and move on, because she felt worse than anybody every could.”

Parton, who just released Rockstar Deluxe, will likely spend more time away from Carl this year, as she puts the finishing touches on a musical about her life, slated to open in the spring of 2025.

“Right now, I’m working on my life story as a musical, and so going on Broadway and opening my show on Broadway, that’s been a biggie [goal] in my mind for many, many years,” Parton told People. “That’d be the one that I want to make certain I get done while I’m still kicking, while I’m around to stay involved in it.”

Parton is personally choosing the three actresses who will portray her at various stages in her life, with the musical covering everything from her humble beginnings in East Tennessee to her current life now.

“The whole first act is my early days before I went to Nashville,” Parton revealed.  “The second act is about my days in Nashville and beyond. So the first part of the musical will be a lot like Coat of Many Colors with music and songs and will involve more details.”

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