(NEW YORK) — For Time‘s 100 Most Influential People list, the magazine had Miley Cyrus’ godmother Dolly Parton pen a personal excerpt about the controversial, yet extremely popular and smart pop star.
“If I didn’t know how smart and talented Miley is, I might worry about her,” Parton starts off. “But I’ve watched her grow up. So I don’t. She knows what she’s doing.”
Cyrus first made big waves last year at the MTV VMA’s for her provocative dance with Robin Thicke, and hasn’t looked back since. All the while, Cryus, 21, has given people the impression that “she’s just being Miley” and has everything under control.
“She was very proud of the work she did as Hannah Montana, but people were gonna leave her there forever,” Parton added about Cyrus. “And she was just smotherin’ and chokin’ in it. So she felt she had to do something completely drastic. And she did.”
Parton continued, “She made her point, she made her mark, and more power to her. ‘Wrecking Ball’ is a great song. The whole album is great. So I’m hoping that now she can relax and show people how talented she really is. ’Cause the girl can write. The girl can sing. The girl is smart. And she doesn’t have to be so drastic.”
Finally, the 68-year-old country music legend related Cyrus’ career to her own successful run.
“I will respect her choices. I did it my way, so why can’t she do it her way?” she wrote.
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