Parton may be Cyrus' "unofficial" godmother but the love she harbors for her runs deep and true.
“I've known her since she was a baby,” the country star opened up about their close bond back in 2009. “Her father's a friend of mine, and when she was born, he said, ‘You just have to be her godmother,’ and I said, ‘I accept.’ We never did do a big ceremony, but I'm so proud of her, love her and she's just like one of my own.”
Over the years, Parton has always shown her support for her honorary goddaughter, singing her praises in interviews.
“The kids love her because she’s Hannah Montana, but what people don’t realize about her is she is such a fantastic singer and songwriter,” Parton gushed about Cyrus to AOL Music back in 2008. “She writes songs like she’s 40 years old! She’s really deep.”
Meanwhile, Cyrus paid a heartwarming tribute to Parton when she was named one of TIME magazine's most influential people of the year in September.
“There’s a theory that you shouldn’t meet your heroes, but I wish everyone had the chance to meet Dolly Parton, because she’s even better than your sparkliest dreams," the "Malibu" singer said of her "idol" and "role model." “She may be my fairy godmother, but I think she’s that to everyone else too. I am happy to share her with the world.”