Dolly Parton Reveals Husband’s Reaction to Viral Cowboy Costume

Dolly Parton says her husband had some notes when he first saw her now-iconic Dallas Cowboys cheerleading costume.

People loved when the country legend donned the NFL cheer squad’s signature blue and white outfit last year, but she told Page Six that her husband of nearly six decades, Carl Dean, wasn’t crazy about the extravagant ensemble.

“He did say something like, ‘What? Is it a bit short, huh?’” explained the Jolene singer in an interview published on Wednesday.

Comparing her outfit to an actual Cowboys cheerleader, Dolly apparently pointed out to her husband: “No! It’s not as short as theirs.”

Dolly Parton's Dallas Cowboys cheerleading costumes became a sensation following the NFL's halftime performance in Arlington, Texas last November.Dolly Parton’s Dallas Cowboys cheerleading costumes became a sensation following the NFL’s halftime performance in Arlington, Texas last November.

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Dolly and Carl have been married since 1966 but he rarely appears in public with the singer, who called his partner “kind of a loner” in an interview with Entertainment Tonight last year.

The 11-time Grammy winner also told Page Six that she was surprised by all the praise for her messy look, and admitted that she assumed people would find her sparkly crop top and shorts combination “cute.”

“I thought, if I could, if I could do this, it would be a cool little thing to do,” part of Why Did You Come In Here Looking That Way? said the singer.

“I think most people would forgive me if that didn’t happen.”

“I think they are just like us, an old woman who made a big mistake,” added Dolly. “Or I thought, maybe that would be something cool to do.”

Fans cheered for the sassy ensemble when Dolly performed during halftime at the Cowboys’ home game against the Washington Commanders in November 2023.

Among her admirers – former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and supermodel Christie Brinkley, who told the singer she should consider appearing in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

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