11/05/2013 AT 8:00 AM ET
Not everyone was a fan of Miley Cyrus’s twerk-fest at the MTV Video Music Awards, nor her risqué “Wrecking Ball” video.
But despite her recent over-the-top antics, the 20-year-old pop star has one strong supporter: her godmother, Dolly Parton.
In an interview published Friday, the legendary country singer told the London Evening Standard that Cyrus is “just trying to find her own place and wings and learn to fly.”
Parton spoke affectionately of Cyrus, telling the Standard, “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. I don t think people really realize yet what a great singer and writer she really is.”
Parton added, “I know that she has thought this all through. We’ll let her go and do her own thing.”
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