Apparently, Dolly Parton is worried about her goddaughter, Miley Cyrus and some of the decisions she's made in her career recently. Parton is hoping that Cyrus doesn't do anything too bizarre to alienate her fans. She also expressed concern about the "Wrecking Ball" singer's attitude towards drugs.
As the country music legend told the London Sun (via an April 19 Radar Online report), she wondered if Cyrus had been too eager to distance herself from her Disney Channel past. Cyrus had told her that she felt she needed to "murder Hannah Montana." As she explained, "I think she felt she had to make that severe a change. And she obviously did."
Parton is also hoping that the "Adore You" singer doesn't go too far off the deep end with her increasingly edgy behavior. As she explained, "I'm hoping that she holds it in the road and doesn't do so many things that are that bizarre. I don’t think the crowd would be so forgiving again if she did anything else that was really offensive. I don’t want it to overshadow her talent."
Parton, who played her Aunt Dolly on "Hannah Montana," also admitted that she was very worried about Cyrus' view on drugs. Cyrus has been open about her use of marijuana, once calling it "the best drug on earth." She also admitted that she had been singing about molly in her song, "We Can't Stop," and she expressed frustration at the critics who were attempting to censor her lyrics.
Still, while 68-year-old country star is concerned about her goddaughter, she still believes that Cyrus will make healthy choices. "If she is as smart as I think she is, I think she’ll make the right decisions." Parton
Back in November 2013, Parton defended Cyrus and said that she ultimately trusted her judgment. As she explained, "I know that she has thought this all through. We'll let her go and do her own thing. 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.'"
Parton also hopes that fans will focus on Cyrus' artistry and her talent, not just her increasingly provocative image. She also hopes that the public will cut her some slack. As she explained, "I don't think people really realize yet what a great singer and writer she really is. 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…She's just trying to find her own place and wings and learn to fly."
It sounds like Dolly Parton has Miley Cyrus' best interests at heart. Do you love the relationship between Parton and Cyrus? Was Cyrus too drastic in wanting to shed her "Hannah Montana" image? Was Parton right to express concern over her goddaughter's provocative behavior and attitude about drugs? Should Cyrus listen to her godmother's advice?