Although she has been married to her husband Carl Dean for more than 50 years, the pneumatic country singer has not hidden her eye for the guys.
And it is this honesty that has fueled the rumors of many “affairs” over the years with everyone from Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds and his lifelong friend and personal assistant Judy Ogle.
Speculation only intensified when Dolly innocently admitted that she had shared a bed with Judy.
But while Dolly, 74, says she never “had a relationship with a woman or wanted to be with a woman,” however, she fell in love with other men.
Describing her marriage as “open” in the early 1980s, Jolene’s singer was suicidal after an “affair of the heart” that ended badly.
“I was sitting upstairs in my bedroom one afternoon when I noticed in the drawer of the nightstand my gun that I kept for burglars. I watched it for a long time … “, she wrote in her book Dolly on Dolly, Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton.
“So, just when I picked it up, just to hold it and look at it for a while, our little dog, Popeye, came running up the stairs.
“The tap-tap-tap of his paws sent me back to reality, I suddenly froze. I put the gun down. Then I prayed. I kind of believe that Popeye was a spiritual messenger from God. “
Regarding rumors of the affair with some of Hollywood’s greatest men, Dolly explained that although her relationship with Carl may be “open” – in fact, becoming physical with other people is irrelevant .
“Men are my weakness. Short, fat, bald or skinny – I had a crush on some very unusual men but Carl knows that I will always go home and I will not sleep with these people – I am flirting and having fun “, she had previously reported to the Daily Mail.
“He is not jealous and I am not jealous of him. He knows I’m flirting. He’s also flirting, “she said in a separate interview. “Yes, it is an open relationship, but not sexually and I would kill him if I thought he was doing this. He would shoot me too. At the end of the day, we love each other madly. “
There was, however, a heartbeat that she was anxious to get closer to and closer to, and that was Burt Reynolds.
The couple played lovers in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas in 1982 and their chemistry sent unfounded rumors of a real-life adventure, with Dolly teasing: “I couldn’t wait to go to bed with Burt Reynolds… in the film, not in real life. ”
And Burt admitted that the attraction was mutual, once jokingly, “I have been able to work with her for so long that I finally looked at her face.”
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So what did Carl – who met Dolly outside the Wishy-Washy Laundromat in Nashville when she was only 18 – do all of this?
“Carl never cared about this,” Dolly previously told The Mirror. “Lord, they made me sleep with everyone – I would never have done anything. “
Letting everyone guess, she cheekily added, “And those I slept with, they don’t know. “