Dolly Parton Defends Goddaughter Miley Cyrus
Country music legend says young pop star has been judged too harshly...
The 67-year-old country icon told the Evening Standard that she thinks Miley is misunderstood and that her talents should be more widely appreciated.
"I've loved her through the years and watched her grow up, and I've seen how smart she is and how talented she is," she said.
"I don't think people really realise yet what a great singer and writer she really is."
And Dolly insisted that 20-year-old Miley had been judged too harshly for her raunchy antics.
"She's just trying to find her own place and wings and learn to fly," she said.
"It's not easy being young. It's hard to know what to do. You've almost got to sacrifice your damn soul just to get anything done... [but] I know that she has thought this all through.
"If she needs my opinion on something I will surely give it and there have been times we've talked. But I would never dream of calling her and saying, 'Well why are you doing this?' or, 'You shouldn't do this or that'.
"We'll let her go and do her own thing."