Dolly Parton was one of the people who gave Billy Ray Cyrus his start. It was Dolly who invited her on her tour to open up for her. She saw something unique in Billy Ray and she knew that he would be a great addition to her tour. This was Billy Ray’s first national tour. He was exposed to things he would have known about if it weren’t for Dolly. One of those things was the nature of tabloids.
While on tour Billy Ray saw the headline that head n Dolly were romantically involved. Obviously they were not, but young Billy ray was distraught about the headline. He felt horrible to subject Dolly to that kind of scrutiny. “Dolly looked me straight in the eyes and said, ‘Honey, that s— sells records!'” Cyrus recalled. Boy was she right! Within that same year Billy’s album became the number one album for 17 weeks in a row.
Billy and Dolly have remained friends since then. In fact, Dolly Parton is Miley’s God Mother. That is quite an honor. “I love Dolly,” he said. “I probably wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing without her.” These two have never been romantically involved, but they do love each other. They respect each other. And they know how each other works. Billy accounts much of his success to Dolly. Did you know about this rumor?