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Dolly Parton defends Miley's sexy new persona

"I think she's beautiful. I love her," the country star said of the teen sensation. "She's trying to grow up, you know, I remember when I was horny and young."
/ Source: Access Hollywood

Miley Cyrus may have garnered a host of headlines for her cutout ensemble at the MuchMusic Video Awards last month, but Dolly Parton has nothing but praise for the teen sensation.

"If you think I'm going to sit here and pass judgment on Miley, you're wrong," Parton told Access Hollywood earlier this week when asked about Cyrus' outfit from the event. "I think she's beautiful. I love her. She's trying to grow up, you know, I remember when I was horny and young."

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"When you were what?" Access asked.

"Horny and young," Parton repeated. "I'm still horny!"

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Parton admitted she had previously seen the photos of Cyrus and she appreciates that the 17-year-old is growing up.

"I love her. I've seen them all. I think she's beautiful," Parton said during an interview to promote her Hallmark Channel special, "25 Years of Dollywood." "She's got the legs that go forever. It'll take people a while to get over her being 'Hannah Montana.' The girl's talented. The girl's beautiful and, you know, it's shocking just like [she's] your own daughter. Everybody looks at her like [she's] your own kid ... I'm not passing judgment. So, we can just leave that at that."

Parton went on to suggest the uproar over Cyrus' changing looks and increasingly adventurous stage performances is overblown.

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"She's right there in public. How bad can it be? I mean, she's on camera. It's not like she's, you know, selling her body," Parton continued. "She's precious. I love her and I have nothing but wonderful things to wish for her and wonderful things to say about her."

In related Dolly-Miley news, the blonde singer explained to Access that the longstanding rumors that she is Cyrus' godmother are not true. She is, however, the singer's "fairy godmother."

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"We didn't have a ceremony, but I love her. I'm so proud of her and I just hate it when people mistreat her and say bad things because I know her little heart and I know her talent, which is great," Parton said. "She's a great writer, great singer, she's trying to grow up. It would have to be very difficult to come from the 'Hannah Montana' days and try to be your own self and express yourself as a artist, but she'll get through it and we need to let her spread her wings and do what she does. She'll be alright."

"25 Years of Dollywood" airs on the Hallmark Channel on Saturday.