She has surely the most enduring marriage in show business.
And Dolly Parton divulged the secret to her 52-year marriage to Carl Thomas Dean on Friday.
The 73-year-old country legend declared ‘respect’ and ‘forgiveness’ to be essential, when asked by Us, as she was honored as MusiCares Person of the Year in Los Angeles.
Dolly – who wed Dean, 76 – in May 1966, keep their relationship out of the limelight and she told the publication that her absences have also made the heart grow fonder.
‘You gotta kinda respect and like each other and forgive a lot of stuff and accept a lot of things,’ she explained.
She added: ‘Love each other and keep your vows,’ before revealing that the distance when she’s been on tour has helped – Dean remains at home.
‘It doesn’t hurt to have some separation. I stay gone a lot, so we’re excited when we see each other!’
The couple met when Dolly was just 18-years-old, Carl 21, in Nashville, and wed two years later.
Despite being married for over five decades, notoriously private Carl has only appeared with Dolly in public a handful of times.