updated 06/09/2014 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 06/09/2014 AT 3:20 PM ET
Like Cyrus, Parton grew up in the spotlight, with her career already underway at age 10. The seven-time Grammy winner tells The Sunday Times magazine that she understands what Cyrus goes through.
“Yeah, well I do, ‘cause back in the day, doing my own things my own way, and dressing sexy and showing my cleavage and all that, I got a lot of criticism. Lots of people thought I was making a mistake and that I was just trashy, which I was,” says the singer and songwriter, 68.
“So I did go through that, but I don’t give her advice. Everyone has to walk this journey according to their own rules. That’s what she’s doing. And I lurve her.”
Parton has known Cyrus since she was a little girl, and supports her on-stage experimentation, having said that Cyrus is “just trying to find her own place and wings and learn to fly.”
“I’ve known her daddy [Billy Ray Cyrus] the many years he’s been in the business. I’ve watched her grow up,” Parton says. “She’s a smart girl. She had to go to extremes to get her point across. I think she got the point across.”