Dolly Parton has always been open about the things that have happened in her life.
This country music legend who is a songwriter, businesswoman, and humanitarian among the rest, has officially announced that she will stop touring, even as she continues creating more music.
This worried many of the fans who were looking forward to her show.
The singer shared her decision to stop touring in an interview with Pollstar, “I’ll do special shows here and there, now and then. Maybe do a long weekend of shows or just a few shows at a festival. But I have no intention of going on a full-blown tour anymore.”
She just wants to spend more time with her husband of 50 years, Carl Thomas Dean.
In her autobiography, the singer wrote about him and characterized him as romantic. She also remembered how he once gave her such a hard hug that it caused her wig to fall out when she visited him at the Georgia army camp back in the day. “He squeezed, hugged, and kissed me so hard that he knocked my wig off.”
They met back in 1964 outside the Wishy Washy Laundromat in Nashville, Tennessee. At the time, Dolly was 18 years of age, and Carl was 21.
“My first thought was, ‘I’m gonna marry that girl,'” Dean said in a statement of the moment he first laid eyes on Dolly, as quoted by Entertainment Tonight.
“My second thought was, ‘Lord she’s good-lookin’.’ And that was the day my life began. I wouldn’t trade the last 50 years for anything on this earth.”
Dolly was only beginning her career when they were married, and her record label advised her to postpone getting married. However, she resisted. She and Dean got married in a private ceremony in Ringgold, Georgia, to avoid having their relationship covered by the local media there.
It was the beginning of a love story that would last forever.
Dolly now spoke of her desire to spend most of her time by her husband’s side in the comfort of their home and how she feels about touring.
“I’ve done that my whole life, and it takes so much time and energy. I like to stay a little closer to home with my husband. We’re getting older now, and I don’t want to be gone for four or five weeks at a time. Something could happen. I would not feel right about that if I were gone and somebody needed me. Or I would feel bad if I had to leave a tour if somebody got sick at home and needed me and then I had to walk out on the fans.”
“It’s a show within a show. What we’re doing is focused on the dramatic side. It’s showing all the things that go on while you’re putting together a show. All the arguments you have with the producers, all the problems you have with the artists, all the problems you have with scenery falling down and all the things that go on backstage, people having to cancel and reschedule real quick… I wouldn’t consider acting, because I’m just totally myself in this. I’m just Dolly all the way, I’m not playing a character.”