10 Most Controversial Country Couples
The world of country music is a whole other league of music genre. It’s often straitlaced, with many artists growing up in the Bible Belt south. However, over the years despite the genre’s squeaky clean image, there remains much controversy, especially when it comes to the couples faced with the entertainment industry and a public personal life. While some couples beat the odds, others fall victim to their own scandals. Here are the top controversial country couples and why.
10. Dolly Parton & Carl Dean
Seventy-year-old Dolly Parton has been married to 73-year-old business man Carl Dean for over 50 years. Controversy comes with the fact that Dolly has spent much of her marriage apart from her husband and they’ve only been photographed together a handful of times, which is suspicious for 50 years. Even reportedly being gone for 165 days at one point and having her own separate cabin on their shared property where she lives apart. Despite her hit song “Jolene” about a woman trying to steal her husband, as well as many many rumors over the years of Dolly having affairs with men like Sylvester Stallone and Burt Reynolds, Dolly and Carl remain happily married. Dolly says that Carl is a bit of a loner, and doesn’t like crowds or attention, and she told People that “[h]e’s like a brother and a father and a friend and a husband and a lover — all of those things to me. I think he’s kind of proud that we’ve been in it this long!” The couple plan to renew their wedding vows this year in celebration of their 50th anniversary.
9. Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood
One of the most adored and celebrated couples in country music is none other than the dynamic duo that is Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. Both being long time staples in country music, chart toppers and now married for over 10 years, they remain wildly in love. There’s just one small little controversy that will follow them forever — the fact that Garth and Trisha met a mere 13-months after he married first wife, Sandy Mahl. When recalling meeting Trisha for the first time, Garth told Ellen DeGeneres, “I felt that feeling like when you just meet your wife.” Despite his feelings for Trisha, he remained married to Sandy, raising their three children together for the next 14 years. Eventually his feelings for Trisha took a toll on the marriage, and Garth stepped away from country music into retirement in 2000. In 2001, he divorced Sandy Mahl. In 2005, he married his one true love, Trisha Yearwood. The rest is history.