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Dolly Parton Defends Miley Cyrus & Taylor Swift

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Dolly Parton never had kids of her own, but she does keep an eye on some of the younger crop of music stars including Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus, who is Dolly’s godchild.

The key to getting along with people, Dolly told Larry King last week on CNN’s ‘Larry King Live,’ is to offer information not advice or judgment. She put that philosophy into practice when Larry asked her about what he referred to as Miley’s somewhat “raunchy” public behavior.

“I don’t want to say a whole lot about that,” answered Dolly. “Hopefully she didn’t get a lot of that from me, because certainly I never encouraged her to do that … [I just think she is] in a crosswind, trying to get over the ‘Hannah Montana‘ little girl [image] and trying to become a young woman. I know she is going to be fine — or I certainly hope so. I know she is very gifted.”

Taylor Swift is another gifted entertainer whom Dolly believes will continue to excel as she moves ahead. “I think she is a smart, beautiful girl,” Dolly said. “Her songs are great, she keeps herself anchored and knows who she is. I just admire her and I think she’s incredible and a great role model for young people right now.”

But is it possible, asked Larry, that some entertainers such as the multi-award-winning Taylor, experience too much too soon?

“I don’t know if there is such a thing as too much too soon. If it’s your time, it’s your time,” Dolly offered. “I hope her 15 minutes of fame last for 40 years, and it very well might!”

With all the pressure on children, gays and minorities, Dolly said that it’s more important than ever to accept people and love them for who they are not who you wish they would become. Dolly told the talk-show host that that lack of acceptance was perhaps one reason she has never regretted her decision not to have children.

“[During] this day and time, I regret it even less,” she said. “I worry enough about my brothers and sisters and their children.”

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