Dolly, 68, is occasionally shocked by some of the artistic decisions of the former teen actress and God daughter, Miley, who starred in the teen musical comedy film and TV series Hannah Montana but says she respects her as a confident and able young woman.
“I’ll never say anything bad about Miley because I know she’s smart. I know she’s talented and has had to go to drastic measures to try to make her point, which is, ‘Leave me alone. I am not Hannah Montana any more. I want to grow up’.” Dolly said.
Drawing comparisons between herself and Miley, she recalls the frowns of disapproval she received on rising to prominence in the late 1960s as a buxom teen overflowing with self-confidence.
“I knew my songs were good and that I could sing even if I had been ugly as sin. But I would never let that stop me from being the business girl that I was. I would have probably chosen to look this way even if I had been a waitress. I mean, this is my look. I like a lot of make-up. I like a lot of hair. I like flashy clothes. I like to show it off. But that’s just who I am.” Dolly says she still wants to make music. I am not finished yet. I love to write, I love to think. I love the business end of things. So I just keep on keeping on.”
Miley is set to play Glastonbury Festival next month while Dolly’s new album Blue Smoke is going to be out this coming week.