Dolly Parton Defends "Gifted" Miley Cyrus: She's Learning to Fly!

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Miley Cyrus has a living legend in her corner.

The 20-year old - whose latest scandalous act involved drinking underage and making out with Benji Madden late last week - is simply growing up and learning some life lessons along the way, according to veteran country artist Dolly Parton.

“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," Parton tells The Standard in a new interview.

It's worth noting that Parton is Miley's godmother - and this isn't the first time she's told critics to leave Cyrus alone.

“I don’t think people really realize yet what a great singer and writer she really is," Parton added.

Haters, of course, may counter that this has gone unnoticed because herself isn't relying on her singing and/or writing for attention.

She's dancing with stuffed animals and taking her clothes off in order to stay in the news.

“She’s just trying to find her own place and wings and learn to fly," Parton continued, adding of whether or not she advises the young superstar:

"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.'"

Miley has hit number-one with "Bangerz" and even dominated the conversation around Halloween, dressing as Lil Kim and seeing many other celebrities dress as her.

So, clearly, she's doing something right.

"I know that she has thought this all through," Parton concluded of Cyrus. “I would love to do some duets with her. I would love to sing with her and write with her because I think she is so gifted.

"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.”

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Miley Cyrus Biography

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Born
Birthplace
Franklin, Tennessee
Full Name
Destiny Hope Cyrus

Miley Cyrus Quotes

Thank you guys for all your support. Without you, none of this would be possible. I love every one of you and I could not be more appreciative. God bless you.

Miley Cyrus [at a concert, soon after photo scandal broke]

I have let myself down. I will learn from my mistakes and trust my support team. My family and my faith will guide me through my life's journey.

Miley Cyrus [on lewd photos]