Dolly Parton is not a fan of Miley Cyrus' raunchy new image and fears the young star is "surrounded" by advisers who are steering her career in the wrong direction.
The country legend has known Cyrus since she was a baby and has previously labeled the 18-year-old singer/actress her "honorary goddaughter". The Hannah Montana star has shed her clean-cut image in recent months, wearing increasingly saucy outfits and shocking fans with provocative stage performances. Parton is adamant she hasn't "encouraged" the youngster to flash the flesh, and fears Cyrus may be getting bad advice from her managers.
She tells Larry King, "Hopefully she didn't get that from me because I certainly never encouraged her to do any of that... I think she's just in a cross - she's just kind of in a crosswinds trying to overcome the Hannah Montana little girl, and trying to become a young woman... I don't know if she's surrounded by people that are helping (her to) not make the wise decisions..."
And Parton is worried show business is becoming increasing tough on young girls like Cyrus, adding: "I think this day and time life is hard for young people, certainly young girls... The world is just... you just can't flaunt enough. You can't just do enough. You can't just talk trashy enough or dress trashy enough. It seems to be like if you don't do that you're not in the in crowd. So I think that there's a lot of pressure just on young people in general and I think they put a lot of pressure on themselves..."
However, the 9 To 5 hit-maker remains hopeful the former Disney star will grow out of her rebellious ways: "I'm hoping that Miley is going to be just fine. I know she's very gifted and I love her dearly and if she ever needs me I'll do everything I can to help her in any way that I can. So I think we should just let her grow up."