How Is Dolly Parton Related to Miley Cyrus?

The country singers are connected through more than just music.

Miley Cyrus's illustrious career in show business began more than a decade ago when she appeared on Disney Channel's hit show, Hannah Montana. The then-teenager released her first song in 2008 when her fanbase was made up of girls who were her own age or even younger. Since then, the global superstar has made six studio albums and won dozens of awards for her music.

While Miley Cyrus has experimented with different styles and genres of sound over the years, she has always held on to her Southern roots. Still, few people realize that the Tennessee native's connection to country music runs even deeper than her own songs. It turns out that Miley's godmother is the "Backwoods Barbie" herself, Dolly Parton.

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The beloved country star is the closest thing to a real-life fairy godmother a girl could get (she literally sparkles!). Her relationship with Miley stems from a long-lasting friendship with the 26-year-old's father and fellow musician,

Miley has faced backlash for her occasionally outrageous music and image over the years, but Dolly has always had her back. The 73-year-old defends her goddaughter's early phases of experimentation, even to her own over-the-top appearance. However, Dolly never wanted to interfere or control the young artist's life. She told the in 2013 that she was committed to letting Miley "find her own place and wings and learn to fly."

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"I’ve loved [Miley] through the years and watched her grow up, and I’ve seen how smart she is and how talented she is," Dolly said. "It's not easy being young."

While Miley's godmother tried to avoid acting like a life coach, she has served as an excellent musical mentor. The two women have collaborated countless times over the years and it never gets old.

When Dolly's famous theme park celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010, Miley took the stage with the country icon to perform her song "Jolene."

The pair joined up again six years later to sing the same 1974 hit on The Voice, along with a cappella group Pentatonix.

More recently, Miley recruited her godmother's vocals to appear on her latest album. They performed an adorable, which starts out with a voicemail from Dolly.

The lyrics of the song speak perfectly to Miley and Dolly's adorable relationship: "We are rainbows, me and you/ Every color, every hue/ Let's shine through/ Together we can start livin’ in a rainbowland."

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