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Inside Dolly Parton’s Odd Marriage To Carl Dean

Singer would 'just as soon die' than come out as gay, claims insider.

Dolly Parton will celebrate 51 years of marriage to Carl Dean this spring, but some question if the couple’s relationship has lasted so long because they aren’t exactly the typical husband and wife.

The pair met outside the Wishy Washy Laundromat the very first day Parton, 71, arrived in Nashville.

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“I was surprised and delighted that while he talked to me, he looked at my face (a rare thing for me),” she said of their whirlwind meeting. “He seemed to be genuinely interested in finding out who I was and what I was about.”

They got hitched on May 30, 1966.

Despite their longevity as a couple, as The Enquirer reported, there have been whispers about Parton and her childhood gal pal, Judy Ogle.

According to the book Doctors to the Stars, the country singer will never confess to having an attraction Ogle or any other women.

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Still, the book’s author, Robert Randolph claimed Michael Jackson‘s late dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein insisted Parton and Ogle visited him and “made no bones about being in love with each other” and that Parton “would just as soon die before she would ever ‘come out.'”

For more of Dolly’s juiciest secrets and scandals, tune in to National Enquirer Investigates, April 12 at 9/8 central on REELZ!