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Dolly Parton had only been in a new city for one day when she met her eventual husband of 55 years and fell in love.
The country music legend shared in an interview with W magazine that she met businessman Carl Dean on the day she moved to Nashville in 1964.
Up to that point, she had been dating other boyfriends and had a crush on another country music legend.
"I had a lot of boys in my life,” she said. “I love boys. I still do. In the early days, I had a big crush on Johnny Cash. He was young and skinny, and he just had that magnetism. The way he moved around — you know, so sexy. I found out later he was just having withdrawals from drugs, but it still touched me. He was so, so sexy."
Parton instantly fell in love with Dean, but her family wasn't as excited. She told W that she was advised not to get married because it would derail her career, but she tied the knot with Dean in 1966 and hasn't looked back.
Parton, 75, and Dean, 79, have maintained a loving relationship for decades, especially compared to her dealings with men like former duet partner Porter Waggoner.
"My husband and I don’t argue, but Porter and I did nothing but fight," she told W. "It was a love-hate relationship.”
The longtime couple also keep things spicy, as Parton dressed up in a Playboy bunny uniform for Dean's 79th birthday in July.
While Dean has shunned the limelight to the point that some fans believe he doesn't exist, the couple has become a model for a successful showbiz union. Their shared sense of humor and effort to give each other enough space over the years has made sure the spark has remained strong.
“I’ve always respected and appreciated that in him and I’ve always tried to keep him out of the limelight as much as I can,” Parton told Entertainment Tonight last year. “He said, ‘I didn’t choose this world, I chose you, and you chose that world. But we can keep our lives separate and together.’ And we do and we have."