Parton Defends Saucy Cyrus

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July 1, 2010 | 11:40am EST

Dolly Parton has defended her “honorary goddaughter” Miley Cyrus over her raunchy new image – insisting the teenager is just “trying to find her way”.

The 17-year-old Disney star has hit headlines in recent weeks with her saucy onstage antics, which have included flashing her flesh in revealing costumes and simulating a same-sex kiss with a female dancer as she promotes her new album Can’t Be Tamed.

But Parton, who has known the youngster for many years, is adamant Cyrus is just going through a rebellious phase and she shouldn’t be judged too harshly.

Parton tells Fox News, “I’ve known her since she was a baby. I hate it when people criticize her. (She is my) honorary goddaughter.

“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.

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

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