Dolly Parton Defends Miley Cyrus for Time 100: "She Knows What She's Doing"

Posted Thursday April 24, 2014 11:05 AM GMT

It's been a big year for Miley Cyrus, so it's not surprising that the controversial singer earned a spot on Time's 100 Most Influential People list.

In the issue, the 21-year-old's godmother Dolly Parton defended the former Disney gal stating that she's got the brains to make it work in the music business.

“She knows what she’s doing,” Parton writes. “She was very proud of the work she did as Hannah Montana, but people were gonna leave her there forever. And she was just smotherin’ and chokin’ in it. So she felt she had to do something completely drastic. And she did. She made her point, she made her mark, and more power to her.”

"The girl is smart. And she doesn’t have to be so drastic. But I will respect her choices. I did it my way, so why can’t she do it her way?” Dolly adds.

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