Dolly Parton Defends Miley Cyrus: 'People Thought I Was Trashy'

06/09/2014 at 03:20 PM EDT

Dolly Parton Defends Miley Cyrus: 'People Thought I Was Trashy'
Miley Cyrus, Dolly Parton
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Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus has her critics, but she can rely on a fellow songstress to always have her back – her godmother, Dolly Parton.

Like Cyrus, Parton grew up in the spotlight, with her career already underway at age 10. The seven-time Grammy winner tells The Sunday Times magazine that she understands what Cyrus goes through.

"Yeah, well I do, 'cause back in the day, doing my own things my own way, and dressing sexy and showing my cleavage and all that, I got a lot of criticism. Lots of people thought I was making a mistake and that I was just trashy, which I was," says the singer and songwriter, 68.

"So I did go through that, but I don't give her advice. Everyone has to walk this journey according to their own rules. That's what she's doing. And I lurve her."



Parton has known Cyrus since she was a little girl, and supports her on-stage experimentation, having said that Cyrus is "just trying to find her own place and wings and learn to fly."

"I've known her daddy [Billy Ray Cyrus] the many years he's been in the business. I've watched her grow up," Parton says. "She's a smart girl. She had to go to extremes to get her point across. I think she got the point across."



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