It’s no secret that Dolly Parton will always love her granddaughter Miley Cyrus, but how did their sweet relationship start?
Parton, 77, shared the story of how she became Cyrus’ godmother during a recent interview on Sirius XM’s “The Howard Stern Show.”
The country icon revealed that she became close to the “Malibu” singer’s father, Billy Ray Cyrus, when she toured with him during promotion for her 1992 single “Achy Breaky Heart.”
“We just got to be good friends because he’s a Kentucky guy, I’m from Tennessee,” Parton said. “And she said… ‘We have a girl, and you have to be her godmother!’ And I said, ‘Okay, I’d be honored.’ So really, Miley and I took over from there.”We’ve been very, very close over the years.”
Parton had a lot of other interesting things to say about Cyrus, 30.
“I love Miley. She is my little darling. In fact, I have known him since before he was born,” she said.
Stern also asked Parton if Cyrus ever comes to her for advice.
“Well, he asked me a lot of things. “She runs most of the stuff with me and we talk,” Parton said. “She’s very successful. Miley is very smart. “She’s very intuitive about business, and I think Miley is a fantastic human being and an amazing talent.”
Parton and Cyrus have collaborated several times over the years. Most recently, she performed a cover of Cyrus’ 2013 hit, “Wrecking Ball”, for Parton’s new rock album, “Rockstar”, due out on November 17.
The song includes a playful nod to Parton’s classic song, “I Will Always Love You”.
In the original version of “Wrecking Ball”, Cyrus sings, “I can’t lie, running for my life/I’ll always want you,” but in Parton’s collaboration, the line is changed to, “I Can” ‘Don’t live a lie, run for your life/I’ll always love you.’
Cyrus celebrated her latest collaboration with her godmother in a recent post x platform,
She wrote, “I grew up covering my Auntie Dollies’ music and it’s an honor to hear her sing one of her songs.” “I love you Auntie Dolly! I’m very happy to add another collaboration under our Dazzle (studded leather) belt!
This article was originally published on TODAY.com
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