Dolly Parton’s husband, Carl, just celebrated a big birthday, and she decided to surprise him with a sentimental gift that took them back to the days of the 1970s. The country music icon posted a video to Twitter last night wearing bunny ears, a sparkly white bowtie, a glittery mesh bodysuit, and a black one-piece.
The outfit is almost identical to the one she donned for her famous 1978 cover of Playboy Magazine. Dolly has said before that she would recreate the iconic magazine shoot for her 75th birthday, which was back in January. Instead, she decided to bust out the bunny suit to surprise Carl Dean for his 75th.
‘It’s always hot girl summer for my husband, Carl’
“Today’s July 20; it’s my husband Carl’s birthday,” Dolly says in the video while wearing her outfit. “You’re probably wondering why I’m dressed like this. Well, it’s for my husband’s birthday. Remember sometime back I said I was going to pose for Playboy magazine when I was 75? Well, I’m 75, and they don’t have a magazine anymore.”
Although Carl Dean is married to one of the most beloved and well-known stars in the country, he himself has managed to remain a mystery. Dean has never wanted to be a part of the celebrity publicity machine, and he has done an incredible job of staying out of his wife’s spotlight (by choice) for over fifty years of marriage.
This seems to have served their relationship well. Dolly and Carl renewed their vows for their 50th wedding anniversary in 2016, and Dolly has said of their relationship, “We’re really very proud of our marriage. It’s the first for both of us. And the last.”
In the video she made for Carl’s birthday yesterday, Dolly added a caption that reads, “It’s always #HotGirlSummer for my husband, Carl. Happy birthday my love!”
“My husband always loved the original cover of Playboy, so I was trying to think of something to do to make him happy,” Dolly continues in the short Twitter clip. “He still thinks I’m a hot chick after 57 years, and I’m not going to try to talk him out of that. And I hope he agrees. What do you think? I did a little photoshoot in this little outfit, and I had a cover made.”
‘I was a little butterball’
Dolly gave her husband Carl a framed photo of the original cover photo (pictured above) and her new one as a 75-year-old. How sweet are they?
“In the first [photo], I was kind of a little butterball. Well, I’m string cheese now,” Dolly says. “I’m going to surprise [Carl]; go in and sing to him in my little bunny suit. What do you think? You think Playboy ought to pay me for at least a photoshoot? I do.”
A sweet moment in the video shows Dolly presenting Carl with a fashion show, as well as the framed photos of herself from 1978 and today laid side by side. Carl remains as lowkey as ever, only allowing the back of his head to be shown in the video. Of course, he doesn’t take his eyes off of his wife the entire time!