Dolly Parton is defending her goddaughter Miley Cyrus.

The 68-year-old tells the Sunday Times magazine that she understands what Miley is going through—and that people used to think she was “just trashy” too!

“Back in the day, doing my own things my own way, and dressing sexy and showing my cleavage and all that, I got a lot of criticism,” Dolly says.

“Lots of people thought I was making a mistake and that I was just trashy, which I was.

"So I did go through that, but I don't give her advice. Everyone has to walk this journey according to their own rules. That's what she's doing. And I lurve her."

Meanwhile, Dolly fully supports Miley, explaining she’s  "just trying to find her own place and wings and learn to fly."

"I've known her daddy the many years he's been in the business. I've watched her grow up," she says. "She's a smart girl. She had to go to extremes to get her point across. I think she got the point across."