Table of Contents
- Are Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton Related?
- Dolly Parton is Miley Cyrus’ Godmother
- Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus have performed together
- Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton are similar in a lot of ways
- Are Dolly Parton & Miley Cyrus Related? These Singers Share A Special Bond
- Miley Cyrus’s Godmother Dolly Parton Has A Message To The Young Star’s Haters
- Dolly Parton is Miley Cyrus’ godmother. Here’s the story behind their relationship.
- Parton has known the Cyrus family for years
- The two have also performed together several times
- In interviews over the years, Parton and Miley Cyrus have had many positive things to say about each other
- Do Miley Cyrus and Her Mom, Tish Cyrus, Get Along?
- Miley Cyrus laughs off her mom’s criticism
- Miley Cyrus’ song celebrates her mom’s support
- Tish Cyrus is a friend as well as a mother to Miley Cyrus
- Dolly Parton Reveals Why She Won’t Give Advice to Young Stars — Including Goddaughter Miley Cyrus
Are Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton Related?
Miley Cyrus is a big Dolly Parton fan. Cyrus, a Grammy award-winning musician, has been open about the fact that Parton is a huge influence on her music. Even though Parton and Cyrus are from different generations, it seems that music bridges the gap.
It’s not just music that connects them. The two women are friends in real life, and have performed together more than once. Their close relationship has sometimes made fans wonder if they’re actually related. They do have a familial bond, of sorts.
Dolly Parton is Miley Cyrus’ Godmother
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It’s interesting that Cyrus, a pop music maven, is so closely related to country’s most famous singer. Although Cyrus has always been proud of her country roots, she isn’t nearly as big in the genre as Parton, at least not yet. Considering that Cyrus comes from Tennessee, and is the daughter and goddaughter of country legends, it’s possible she’ll make more country music in the future.
Cyrus’ father, Billy Ray Cyrus, who found fame with his hit song “Achy Breaky Heart,” has a close relationship with Parton. Their friendship is what led he and his wife to ask Parton to be Miley Cyrus’ godmother. It’s no surprise that his daughter inherited some of that same talent, especially with Parton as a mentor and godmother.
Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus have performed together
Cyrus and Parton have shared the stage on a few notable occasions. When Parton’s famous theme park, Dollywood, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010, Parton had Cyrus come up on stage to celebrate. The two sang Parton’s famous hit song: “Jolene.”
The duet was a smashing success. Apparently the two liked doing it so much that they couldn’t help but do it again. When Cyrus was judging The Voice in 2016, the two returned to the stage and sang the same song.
Cyrus’ newest album contains a collaboration between her and Parton. The song — “Rainbowland” — actually starts off with a voicemail Cyrus received from her godmother about the collaboration. Then, the track launches into an upbeat tune about how to make the world a better place.
The song has traces of Parton’s influence, and some fans have speculated that this is Cyrus’ tribute to the veteran singer. Parton certainly deserves a tribute, considering she has done so much for Cyrus’ career and for music, in general. Either way, fans hope it’s one of many future collaborations.
Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton are similar in a lot of ways
Although at first blush these two stars have little in common, they’re actually more similar than different. Parton has even said Cyrus reminds her of herself.
Cyrus sees Parton as a role model, which means the older singer is definitely in a position to influence the younger. However, Parton doesn’t take advantage of that or try to change Cyrus’ music or lifestyle. She lets Cyrus be herself and just tries to be there for her.
Parton wants nothing but the best for her young goddaughter, but she’s very cautious of being too overbearing. She wants Cyrus to develop “her own wings and learn to fly.” Considering how successful Cyrus has been, it seems like Parton’s methods are working.
Now that Cyrus has included Parton on her new album, fans are hopeful for more collaboration to come. Both these women are epic, despite their differences.
Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus are both legendary singers, and they have a deep connection with one another, too. Between their musical collaborations, and praise for each others’ work, fans might be wondering if Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus are related. And while these two aren’t bound by blood, Parton is Cyrus’ godmother.
As Parton told CBS in 2012, she’s known the “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” singer since she was a baby. Parton and Billy Ray Cyrus met in the ’90s, CBS explains, at the height of his song “Achy Breaky Heart”‘s popularity. So Parton’s connection with the family dates way back.
Fans who’ve followed Cyrus since the Hannah Montana days will likely remember that Parton made an appearance as Miley’s godmother on the show. One of the Parton-starring episodes even included her singing the Hannah Montana song “Who Said?” which was a real treat.
And in addition to the Disney Channel show, Cyrus and Parton have made plenty of music together over the years. Parton is featured on Cyrus’ song “Rainbowland,” from Cyrus’ 2017 album Younger Now. Cyrus has performed Parton’s classic song “Jolene” a number of times, too, and they’ve even sung it together on occasion.
Parton and Cyrus are both slated to perform at this year’s Grammys, so there’s always a chance they could be singing together on stage, at least for a song or two. Cyrus seems to know her godmother’s songs by heart, and fans would probably love to see the two of them side-by-side on stage.
Officially, Parton is set to perform her new music from the Netflix movie Dumplin’, Entertainment Tonight noted, but there could still be room to add in a duet with Cyrus, too. Parton’s new song, “Girl in the Movies,” was featured on the Dumplin’ soundtrack.
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Over the course of her career, Parton has amassed a whopping eight Grammy wins and 47 Grammy nominations. Cyrus, meanwhile, has one Grammy nomination, for Best Pop Vocal Album for Bangerz. Still, Cyrus is one of the biggest pop stars in the country, even if she doesn’t have a Grammy win yet. If the two women did take the stage together, they’d be an unstoppable force.
Parton and Cyrus have shared their mutual love and respect for each other in various interviews over the years, too. In 2017, Cyrus joked to Cosmopolitan that being able to raid Parton’s closet was the best part of having her as a godmother. And in 2014, Parton defended Cyrus’ decision to shed her Hannah Montana image.
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“I’ll never say anything bad about Miley, “cause I know she’s smart,” Parton told the Associated Press at the time. “And I know she’s talented. And I know she’s had to go to drastic measures to try to make her point: ‘Leave me alone. I am not Hannah Montana anymore. I want to grow up.'”
Cyrus may have changed a lot since the days when “Aunt Dolly” was on Hannah Montana. But it looks like she and her godmother have only grown closer over the years. Whether she’s singing Jolene for The Tonight Show or posting throwback photos of the two of them together, Cyrus has honored Parton’s legacy plenty of times over the years. And if they do perform together at the Feb. 10 awards show, their close bond is sure to be on full display.
If you missed country queen Dolly Parton’s epic tribute performance during the 2019 Grammys, during which she sang all of the best jams from the incredible Dumplin’ soundtrack, then you better watch it before you feel left out. Along with a whole host of special guests — including Katy Perry, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, and Kacey Musgraves — Dolly was joined by Miley Cyrus, who — if it wasn’t already clear — shares a pretty special relationship with the country queen.
Just the week before, Miley teamed up with Shawn Mendes for the MusiCares Person of the Year gala (which was held in honor of Dolly this year) to sing Dolly and Kenny Roger’s 1983 song “Islands in the Stream.” Before the event, Miley even posted a sweet photo of her and Dolly on Instagram with the caption, “It’s YOUR night Aunt @dollyparton! Beyond deserved!” So it begs the question: are the two actually related?
As close as the two are (and as similar as they might sound at times!), Dolly is actually Miley’s godmother, not a blood relation. We totally understand the confusion, though — Dolly even made a few cameo appearances playing Miley’s godmother on Disney’s Hannah Montana, though she was referred to as “Aunt Dolly” then, too. Her relationship with Miley stems from a long-lasting friendship with the pop star’s dad, fellow musician Billy Ray Cyrus, and just as Miley always supports the music legend, Dolly always has her goddaughter’s back in turn.
When Miley faced criticism for her provocative outfits and performances back in 2013, Dolly said Miley was smarter than people believed and needed a chance to find her own way, just as Dolly herself had. “She’s just trying to find her own place and wings and learn to fly,” she told Evening Standard. We’d say everything turned out just fine, so perhaps godmother does know best. Check out the gallery for pictures of the two talented ladies over the years.
Miley Cyrus’s illustrious career in show business began more than a decade ago when she appeared on Disney Channel’s hit show, Hannah Montana. The then-teenager released her first song in 2008 when her fanbase was made up of girls who were her own age or even younger. Since then, the global superstar has made six studio albums and won dozens of awards for her music.
While Miley Cyrus has experimented with different styles and genres of sound over the years, she has always held on to her Southern roots. Still, few people realize that the Tennessee native’s connection to country music runs even deeper than her own songs. It turns out that Miley’s godmother is the “Backwoods Barbie” herself, Dolly Parton.
The beloved country star is the closest thing to a real-life fairy godmother a girl could get (she literally sparkles!). Her relationship with Miley stems from a long-lasting friendship with the 26-year-old’s father and fellow musician, Billy Ray Cyrus.
Miley has faced backlash for her occasionally outrageous music and image over the years, but Dolly has always had her back. The 73-year-old defends her goddaughter’s early phases of experimentation, even comparing Miley’s provocative style to her own over-the-top appearance. However, Dolly never wanted to interfere or control the young artist’s life. She told the Evening Standard in 2013 that she was committed to letting Miley “find her own place and wings and learn to fly.”
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“I’ve loved through the years and watched her grow up, and I’ve seen how smart she is and how talented she is,” Dolly said. “It’s not easy being young.”
While Miley’s godmother tried to avoid acting like a life coach, she has served as an excellent musical mentor. The two women have collaborated countless times over the years and it never gets old.
When Dolly’s famous theme park celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010, Miley took the stage with the country icon to perform her song “Jolene.”
The pair joined up again six years later to sing the same 1974 hit on The Voice, along with a cappella group Pentatonix.
More recently, Miley recruited her godmother’s vocals to appear on her latest album. They performed an adorable, nostalgic duet called “Rainbowland,” which starts out with a voicemail from Dolly.
The lyrics of the song speak perfectly to Miley and Dolly’s adorable relationship: “We are rainbows, me and you/ Every color, every hue/ Let’s shine through/ Together we can start livin’ in a rainbowland.”
Kelly O’Sullivan Content Strategy Editor Kelly O’Sullivan is the content strategy editor for CountryLiving.com and also covers entertainment news, from standout moments on “The Voice” to the latest drama on “Chicago Fire.”
Miley Cyrus’s Godmother Dolly Parton Has A Message To The Young Star’s Haters
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Dolly Parton, country superstar, is godmother to Miley Cyrus, twerking popstar. But she really is – think about it: Miley’s dad is Billy Ray Cyrus, a pop-country crossover artist, and he’s collaborated with Dolly a fair few times.
We recently received a reminder when Dolly once again went on the record to defend her goddaughter, proudly confirming how much she’s got in common with the Wrecking Ball singer. When asked if she sympathises with the former child star, herself having been a star from the age of 10, she replied:
‘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. 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.’
Dolly’s serious. The last time she spoke about Miley was when she wrote a profile of her for Time’s People Of The Year 2014 issue. In that, she said: ‘If I didn’t know how smart and talented Miley is, I might worry about her. But I’ve watched her grow up, so I don’t. She knows what she’s doing.’
Unfortunately, the line some gossip sites chose to run with went a bit like this: ‘She doesn’t have to be so drastic.’
However, they didn’t add in the closing bit: ‘But I will respect her choices. I did it my way, so why can’t she do it her way?’
Hopefully any doubters out there have now been put right on the issue. Dolly <3 Miley.
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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.
- Recently, country star Dolly Parton opened up about her close relationship with pop singer Miley Cyrus, revealing the moment she agreed to become Miley’s godmother.
- Dolly has been a part of Miley’s life since she first met and befriended her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, in the early 1990s.
- Over the years, Dolly and Miley have formed a special bond, with the two stars having performed together several times.
Country legend Dolly Parton may not have any children of her own, but that certainly doesn’t mean she doesn’t have any darlings to dote on. Besides her many nieces and nephews, the 73-year-old singer also shares a close relationship with none other than pop star Miley Cyrus. But it’s not just their love of music that tie the two singers together — Dolly is in fact Miley’s real-life godmother!
The country star recently opened up about her relationship with the 27-year-old singer, recalling the moment when she decided to become Miley’s godmother on SiriusXM’s Just Jenny. Apparently, Dolly’s close ties with the pop star stems from her long-lasting friendship with Miley’s father and fellow country singer, Billy Ray Cyrus.
“I worked with Billy Ray for all those years, when he had ‘Achy Breaky Heart,'” Dolly said on the radio show segment, which aired in late November. “He worked with me on some shows we did in the early days. He opened some of my shows. We just got to know each other. I wrote a song called ‘Romeo,’ and had him in a video. We just kind of gelled, ’cause we’re both country kids. We had a lot of fun just talking about that. And then when Miley came along, I said, ‘She’s got to be my fairy goddaughter.'”
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Since then, the country star has continuously been a part of her goddaughter’s life, often acting as a mentor to the pop singer. Fans might even recall when Dolly appeared on Miley’s Disney sitcom Hannah Montana as the character’s godmother (just like in real life!). The two have even performed together many times, with their most recent stage appearance being a stunning rendition of Dolly’s hit “Jolene” at the 2019 Grammy Awards last year, where Dolly was honored as MusiCares’ Person of The Year. The duo had in fact performed the iconic song together several times before, with the first collaboration occurring at the 25th anniversary celebration of Dollywood, the country star’s theme park in Tennessee, back in 2010.
“Jolene” isn’t the extent of the the two superstars’ musical collaboration, though — in 2017, Miley recruited her godmother to co-write and collaborate on a song called “Rainbowland” for her most recent album, Younger Now. The nostalgic country-inspired song begins with a voicemail from Dolly herself, then goes into a track featuring the two stars singing together to lyrics such as “Living in a Rainbowland/Where you and I go hand in hand.”
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Recently, Dolly opened up even more about her relationship with Miley to People, saying she wasn’t worried about the pop star’s recent actions that earned her plenty of media attention in the last year, including her sudden divorce with husband Liam Hemsworth after less than a year of marriage.
“Lord, I’ve done everything, and what I ain’t done, I intend to,” she said in the November 2019 interview. “She’s going to do that, too. But Miley’s smart; Miley knows what she’s doing. I know we think she doesn’t, and she might not every minute, but I still know that she’s got good stuff in her.”
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Regarding her role as a godmother, Dolly then said that she preferred to live by example rather than giving advice to the young pop star.
“I’ve told her some things that I think are valuable and that she uses, but I’d rather live an example,” Dolly continued. “ be an example rather than just try to tell somebody to do this, do that because I don’t think that’s right. Everybody’s different. You’ve got your own journey. And some people are going to help you along the way and they can kick a few rocks out of the road for you, but you got to walk it.”
Well, even though these two stars aren’t related by blood, we can definitely say that Miley is so lucky to have Dolly as her “fairy godmother”!
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Dolly Parton is Miley Cyrus’ godmother. Here’s the story behind their relationship.
Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus at the 2019 Grammys. Matt Sayles/Invision/AP
- At the 2019 Grammys, Miley Cyrus and other musicians honored Dolly Parton’s musical career with a tribute performance.
- Parton is Miley Cyrus’ godmother and she has known Miley Cyrus’ father, Billy Ray Cyrus, for decades.
- In the 2000s, Parton guest-starred on several episodes of Miley Cyrus’ Disney Channel show, “Hannah Montana.”
- Over the years, Miley Cyrus and Parton have performed together multiple times.
At the 2019 Grammy awards, Dolly Parton was honored with a tribute performance and named MusiCares’ person of the year. During the show, musicians like Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves, and Maren Morris took the stage alongside the country star to showcase some of Parton’s famous songs . The country music icon sang with multiple musicians during the tribute, including Miley Cyrus.
Although you might’ve missed it, during the performance, Miley Cyrus said, “You’re the best, Aunt Dolly,” and although the two aren’t related by blood, there’s a reason she referred to the country star as her aunt. Parton is Miley Cyrus’ godmother and Parton’s connection to the Cyrus family dates back to before Miley Cyrus was even born.
Parton has known the Cyrus family for years
Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton on the set of “Hannah Montana.” Photo by Joel Warren/Disney Channel via Getty Images
In 2018, Billy Ray Cyrus told News & Guts that he and Parton first met when he toured with her after the release of his single “Achy Breaky Heart” in 1992. During that same decade, Parton interviewed Billy Ray Cyrus for a segment on NBC and she called him “one of the nicest, sweetest people you ever want to meet.”
Miley Cyrus was born the same year that “Achy” was released and Parton has been present in Miley Cyrus’ career in many ways throughout the years. From 2006 to 2011, Miley Cyrus starred in the Disney sitcom “Hannah Montana” and in several episodes, Parton played Hannah Montana’s Aunt Dolly.
The two have also performed together several times
Parton and Miley Cyrus have performed “Jolene” together a few times. Emma McIntyre/Getty
One of the pair’s most famous performances include their 2010 rendition of Parton’s hit “Jolene” at Parton’s Dollywood theme park. And, in 2016, the two performed the song with the musical group Pentatonix on NBC’s “The Voice.”
In interviews over the years, Parton and Miley Cyrus have had many positive things to say about each other
In a 2013 interview with Evening Standard — during a time when Miley Cyrus was receiving backlash for her controversial MTV Video Music Awards performance with Robin Thicke — Parton spoke about her goddaughter to the outlet.
“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 told the publication. “I don’t think people really realize yet what a great singer and writer she really is. She’s just trying to find her own place and wings and learn to fly.”
Prior to the Grammys tribute, Miley Cyrus told Entertainment Weekly that Parton “doesn’t really let me call her my godmother, she likes ‘fairy godmother’ much better.” Adding, “She teaches people not to judge a book by its cover, or its huge boobs and its big hair.”
Do Miley Cyrus and Her Mom, Tish Cyrus, Get Along?
Miley Cyrus has been all over the headlines lately for her relationship drama. After her split from Liam Hemsworth, she quickly moved on with Kaitlynn Carter and now Cody Simpson.
But through all of these big changes, how much support does Cyrus have from her family, and especially her mother, Tish Cyrus? Does her mother support her relationships and her career? Here’s what we know about the relationship between Cyrus and her mother, Tish.
Miley Cyrus laughs off her mom’s criticism
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Family is supposed to be there for you no matter what. Even when you’re being really annoying and ruining the family vacation. Tish and Miley recently proved this point during their trip to Utah. A girls trip, with Miley, her sister Brandi Cyrus, and their mother Tish was brought down by Miley’s constant use of social media- at least, according to Tish.
The issue was brought to our attention by Miley, who shared a photo of herself on her phone, according to E! News.
The caption shared her mother’s disappointment for Miley’s focus on content before family time. It read, “It’s hard to get into trouble once you’re an adult, but she said I looked like a ‘bratty millennial’ which I do… but is it bad if I like the pic and wanna post?”
However, Miley didn’t let her mom’s frustration come between them. In fact, in her next post, she took the opportunity to express her love for the woman who raised her.
Miley posted a photo of Tish relaxing in a lounge chair with a pup and the rolling Utah hills in the background. She captioned the photo, “My mom is the love of my life forever @tishcyrus.”
Miley Cyrus’ song celebrates her mom’s support
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#MothersDaughterVideo starring BOSS LADY @tishcyrus ! Momager , Producer , Interior Designer , Fashion Icon , Defies Time & Age , most bad ass mom of all fucking time! Name a more iconic duo ….. I’ll wait .
We know that Tish supports Miley a great deal. One of the songs on Cyrus’ recent album, She Is Miley, called Mother’s Daughter, tells the story of Tish and Miley’s close bond. The song is mostly about female empowerment, but mentions that she got her strength and rebellious streak from her mom with the lyric, “Maybe it’s something in the water or that I’m my mother’s daughter.”
Mother’s Daughter also celebrates her mother’s support of Miley’s career with the lyric, “My mama always told me that I’d make it.”
Tish not only supports Miley’s career, but she also showed her support of the song by appearing in the music video for Mother’s Daughter. She wears black, over-the-knee boots in the video and looks every bit as bad a** as Miley says she is.
Tish Cyrus is a friend as well as a mother to Miley Cyrus
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Some moms always put themselves in the “raising” role and never allow themselves to be friends with the children, but Tish isn’t one of those moms. Even though she did criticize Miley’s social media use on their recent vacation, she generally considers herself a friend.
Tish told Refinery29, “A lot of people say you can’t be your kid’s friend. I think I really found a way to be their mom when they were younger, and then when they were older, feel like a friend.”
So now that her daughters are older, Tish is able to interact with them as a friend. In fact, Miley and Tish are often seen hanging out together.
The paparazzi catch them having lunch on a regular basis, and whenever Miley gets into a new relationship, Tish also meets them right away. She was seen having lunch with Miley and Kaitlynn Carter while they were dating, and then recently Tish joined Miley and Cody Simpson.
One thing is clear, although Miley is an adult, her mother will always be a big part of her life.
Dolly Parton Reveals Why She Won’t Give Advice to Young Stars — Including Goddaughter Miley Cyrus
After more than five decades of stardom, it’s fair to say Dolly Parton knows a thing or two about the industry — but don’t call her “Dollyisms” advice.
“You can’t really give advice,” the country legend, 73, says in this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday. “Like I say, I have information, but it’s really not right to try to tell somebody else how to live their life.”
In the “Jolene” episode of her upcoming Netflix series, Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings, Parton plays the mentor to Julianne Hough’s character, who’s in the music business. In real life, Parton likes to give young stars information rather than advice because of her own experience starting out in the music industry.
“When I first came to Nashville wearing all my makeup and big hair and showing my big t—ts, my dear friend Chet Atkins said, ‘Now Dolly, you’re never going to be taken serious if you don’t dress down,’” she recalls. “I said, ‘It’s me. I have to be this way.’ Years later, I became a big star.”
“I was advised by a lot of people how I was doing things wrong when I came in,” she continues. “I thought, ‘How can I do things wrong when it’s about me? I will know it if it’s wrong. I will know it because I’m that in tune with myself and that in tune with God. It may not always turn out right from me, but I’m still safer in doing what feels right in my gut and in my heart.’ That’s why I say it’s not advice. There are things that I say, ‘You don’t need to ever do this.’ But we know what those are anyway. If someone just point blank asked me something, I’ll give them my take on it. But I still ain’t going to advise them.”
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And when it comes to her goddaughter, Miley Cyrus, Parton says, “Who am I to tell Miley what to do?”
“Lord, I’ve done everything, and what I ain’t done, I intend to,” Parton says. “She’s going to do that, too. But Miley’s smart; Miley knows what she’s doing. I know we think she doesn’t, and she might not every minute, but I still know that she’s got good stuff in her.”
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Instead, Parton says she likes to “live an example.”
“I’ve told some things that I think are valuable and that she uses, but I’d rather live an example,” she says. “ be an example rather than just try to tell somebody to do this, do that because I don’t think that’s right. Everybody’s different. You’ve got your own journey. And some people are going to help you along the way and they can kick a few rocks out of the road for you, but you got to walk it.”
During a press conference held at her Dollywood DreamMore Resort in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, to promote Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings in October, Parton told reporters that she’s proud of Cyrus, 26, for “doing her thing.”
“Miley is so talented,” Parton said. “Miley has such gifts, and I think she’s gonna’ be great. Now other people say, ‘You need to talk to Miley.’ I say, ‘No, I don’t. Miley will be Miley, I’ll be me and everybody needs to do their own thing.’”
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Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings is an anthology series that showcases the stories, memories and inspiration behind some of Parton’s most beloved songs, including “Jolene,” “Two Doors Down,” “These Old Bones” and “J.J. Sneed.”
“All my life I’ve been writing songs,” Parton said during the press conference. “In the early days, we didn’t even have technology. I started writing songs because we didn’t have a chance to go to movies and we didn’t have TV in those early days, so I would write songs, just make up stories that were really kind of like movies, and I would sing them. It was entertainment to us.”
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Parton says that celebrating the premiere of Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings at her Dollywood Theme Park (near where she grew up in Locust Ridge) on Oct. 29, is “unreal.”
“It’s like a dream come true,” she tells PEOPLE. “This was a really big dream of mine because I’ve been writing all my life. My songwriting means more to me than anything else I do. So to see my songs come to life like this and see them on screen in any form is great. This was a dream, and now I’m here living it.”
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Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings will be available for streaming on Netflix on Nov. 22.
For more on Dolly Parton’s life now, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.