Country music legend Dolly Parton has come to the defense of teen pop sensation Miley Cyrus, dismissing the critiques that the young superstar is destined for a rocky future.

“I’ve known her since she was a baby,” Dolly told Fox News. “I hate it when people criticize her.”

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Miley has continually said Dolly is one of her biggest idols, and she is the singer’s “honorary goddaughter.”

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“I mean, we never had a ceremony or nothing,” Dolly, 64, said. “She is a great singer; she has a great voice. She’s a great little entertainer and she can speak to you like she is 50 years old.”

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Lately, Miley has been widely criticized for her risque outfits and partying habits, however, Dolly feels Miley is just a teenager struggling to grow up in the international spotlight.

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“She’ll land in the right place,” the reigning country queen said. “I really know she has everything it takes. She is just trying to find her way and she will.”

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