As the fans know, Dolly Parton and husband Carl Dean have been together as a married couple for no less than 54 years! However, their relationship is so far from the spotlight that the country singer joked that some people don’t even believe Dean actually exists!

That’s tight! The two are very private about their relationship, but in her new book “Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Texts” the woman has opened up more than ever!

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Additionally, in a new interview for ET, Parton went into great detail on this hilarious theory that her husband was made up all along!

“A lot of people have thought that over the years because he doesn’t want to be in the spotlight at all. It’s just not who he is. He’s like a calm, reserved person and he thought if he ever got out there he’d never get a minute of peace and he’s right about that. I’ve always respected and appreciated that in him, and I’ve always tried to keep him out of the spotlight as much as possible. He said, “I didn’t choose this world, I chose you, and you chose this world,” she told the news agency.

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And sure they have separated their lives and kept them together, as the star says.

This has obviously worked perfectly for them since they’ve been together for 56 years, 54 of which they were husband and wife!

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The country singer also shared, “Our joke about when people ask me why it’s taking so long I say,” Because I’m staying away. “And that’s a lot of truth – the fact that we don’t look each other in the face all the time. But we have a lot of respect and admiration for each other. We both have a great sense of humor. So we’re having a lot of fun.”

For more information on their marriage, check out the entire ET interview!

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