Country legend Dolly Parton has been married to her husband Carl Dean since before the very beginning of her career! One of the reasons that the couple has been able to make things work for so long is that they have an understanding of each other’s differences. For Dolly, that means she understands that her husband likes to stay out of the spotlight. For Carl, this means that he doesn’t get too mad when Dolly develops crushes on her coworkers. Though Dolly claims that she isn’t allowed to sleep around, she is allowed to flirt and even fall in love. Join Facts Verse as we explore every man Dolly Parton has had a love affair with.
Soon after marrying her husband, while still at the beginning of her career in country music, Dolly Parton developed a professional relationship with television idol and fellow singer Porter Wagoner. Porter ran The Porter Wagoner Show, which showcased his country singing talents alongside his “girl singer”. Dolly’s professional relationship with Porter started out when she was tasked with writing a song for Porter’s current girl singer. Dolly was known as much for her songwriting skills as her singing in her early days, and sold numerous songs to fellow artists to help pay the bills while she was climbing her way up the charts.
Because of their already-established professional relationship, Porter Wagoner had Dolly Parton in mind when his girl singer quit. He called Dolly to his office and asked her to bring her guitar. When offered the chance to be Porter’s girl singer, Dolly saw the career potential.
Dolly began her tenure as the new girl singer on The Porter Wagoner Show in 1967, and it brought her more attention than ever before. Her time on the show is arguably what brought the singer to such success. She ended up staying on the show for several years, over which time there were numerous rumors about the two being romantically involved.
According to Dolly, it was in the very nature of performing romantic duets for the audience to speculate whether the two singers were actually hooking up. Though Dolly certainly grew very close to her costar on The Porter Wagoner Show, she remains adamant that the two were never intimate.
Despite the fact that Dolly Parton maintains that her and Porter Wagoner were never intimate, she doesn’t shy away from the fact that the man was still one of the great loves of her life. This made it all the more tragic when Porter turned around and sued her after she left his show. According to Porter, he was entitled to a sum of the money that she made in her future career because of the attention from his show. Though Porter didn’t have much of a case, Dolly ended up settling the matter out of court with a fairly hefty sum of money that was seen as a peace offering after their years of friendship. When Porter died, they were on good terms.
In the 1980s, Dolly Parton starred in two musical films with men that couldn’t sing very well. While filming each of these movies, Dolly ended up developing pretty serious crushes on her respective male costars. The first of these films was 1982’s The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, which cast Dolly alongside Burt Reynolds. Of all the great crushes that Dolly Parton has maintained over the course of her marriage to Carl Dean, Burt Reynolds was arguably the greatest. Dolly was devastated in the wake of the star’s recent death.
As with Porter Wagoner, there were incessant rumors that Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds were actually getting it on behind the scenes. However, as with the previous situation, Dolly has remained adamant that the two never really hooked up. Still, that didn’t stop the singer from getting plenty of enjoyment from filming a love scene with the star during the production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. The film ended up being a significant success.
According to Dolly, she and her husband Carl Dean would be together at the grocery store and notice tabloids at the checkout aisle featuring rumors of Dolly hooking up with Burt Reynolds on the cover. One might imagine that this kind of thing would make Carl angry, but Dolly’s longtime husband has learned to let his jealousy go. Though Dolly publicly flirts with other men, she says that it’s all in good fun.
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After the immense success of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Dolly Parton thought her next film should be another musical with a male costar not known for his singing. This time, Dolly chose Sylvester Stallone. According to Dolly, she was drawn to Sylvester instantly. She claims to have been in a dark place when meeting him due to both depression and health troubles. With his good humor and health consciousness, Sylvester helped her see the light!
The film was 1984’s Rhinestone. Though it wasn’t a big hit with critics and audiences, it was a big hit with Dolly because she had so much fun with Sylvester during it’s filming! The chemistry of the two could be seen not only when they were giving interviews to the press, but also in the film itself. In fact, numerous instances of Dolly spontaneously giggling as a result of Sylvester had to be included because the actress had a hard time keeping composure during takes.
Before even starting her career in show business, a young Dolly Parton apparently developed a crush on Johnny Cash. Dolly has claimed that seeing Johnny Cash for the first time is what awakened her sexuality, and she often teased the country legend about it when the two become peers.
Besides Porter Wagoner, Kenny Rogers was another singer that Dolly Parton had a long-standing professional relationship with. Their relationship was a much more amicable one, with the two freely collaborating and touring together sporadically over four decades.
Due to the amount that Dolly and Kenny worked together, as well as the immense chemistry that they exuded during duets, the audience once again understandably came to the conclusion that the two were perhaps sincerely romantically involved. However, Dolly has again remained adamant that, although she certainly loved the man, her and Kenny Rogers never actually hooked up. Still, it seems that Kenny Rogers may have put the moves on her on one or two occasions.
Kenny was marred five times throughout his life, which is something that Dolly loved to tease him about. According to Dolly, the reason they never hooked up is because she couldn’t catch him between wives! Kenny’s numerous wives have been asked about whether or not they think Dolly and him ever hooked up, and it seems that they are in agreement that the relationship was platonic.
Although Kenny was married during most of the time that he knew Dolly, he still allegedly put the moves on the singer at one point. However, Dolly allegedly turned the advances down, claiming that becoming involved with Kenny would be liked becoming involved with a sibling. Dolly may have compared having a romantic relationship with Kenny to incest, but that didn’t stop them from flirting with each other when they were on the stage. According to Dolly, this was just teasing and playing to the expectations of the audience. Throughout her career, Dolly has welcomed the rumors that she has been involved with her male coworkers because it has helped increase the sales of her work.
After Porter Wagoner and Burt Reynolds, Kenny Rogers stands as another of Dolly’s great longtime loves that has passed away. Porter Wagoner died in 2007, Burt Reynolds died in 2018, and Kenny Rogers died in 2020. Though these loves are gone, 75-year-old Dolly Parton still has Carl! In recent years, Dolly Parton has continued to be flirtatious with the men she runs into at work, even in her increasing age.
Most recently, Dolly Parton has publicly expressed that she has developed a bit of a thing for talk show host Jimmy Fallon. Throughout her career, Dolly has always maintained great banter with talk show hosts when she’s been invited on as a guest. Before David Letterman’s retirement, Dolly was memorably a frequent guest on his show. Though David Letterman is no Sylvester Stallone, Dolly always considered the host to be one of her celebrity crushes due to his laidback sense of humor. Now, Dolly’s favorite talk show host is Jimmy Fallon.
Dolly Parton has appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon numerous times, and claims that she has a crush on the talk show host. In response, Jimmy has understandably expressed that he has a crush back! At the age of 75, Dolly still looks just about the same as she ever did, with her impeccable wardrobe, makeup, and bosom. Jimmy would be a fool to deny the advances of the elderly icon, though that once again doesn’t mean that the two are actually hooking up behind the scenes. Instead, Jimmy is just another in a long line of men that Dolly has made a habit of professionally hazing about a potential relationship.
Although Dolly Parton has publicly claimed that all of these men have been great loves of her life, it seems that the true love of the singer’s life is actually longtime husband Carl Dean, who she remains married to after over five decades. Now it’s time to hear from you: did you know that Dolly Parton has claimed to be in love with Burt Reynolds, Sylvester Stallone, and Jimmy Fallon, or did you think that she only had eyes for longtime husband Carl Dean? As always, like this video to show your support, and subscribe and hit the notification bell if you’d like to be among the first to know when more Facts Verse videos are on their way!