Miley Cyrus disclosed endearing details about her godmother Dolly Parton.
In Monday’s episode of Late Night With Seth Meyers, Cyrus recalled her collaboration with Parton for their 2022 T-Mobile commercial for the Super Bowl. In addition, the pop star revealed the irony of the music icon being part of a promo for modern technology when she still depends on fax machines to communicate.
“It was amazing because she was doing it for the phones, yet every time I coordinate and communicate with Dolly, it’s still through fax,” said Cyrus. “So, I don’t know what she’s talking about. She’s rarely on the phone.”
When Meyers jokingly said that the commercial now feels like false advertising, Cyrus explained that the icon has tried to use cell phones with help from others but remains to incorporate fax machines for her communications.
“We do use the phone, but she does the fax, and then someone scans the fax, and then they put it into a text message, and then that gets sent to me,” Cyrus further stated.
“And it’s always signed, so now I’ve kind of started my own version where I go into the notes, and I’ve started to try to make my own letters, because there’s something so amazing … just about a connection, it’s not casual, you know? You know that she took the time to get out, I guess, her typewriter.”
However, the most notable effort at communicating with Parton includes a cassette tape and flip phone, which she proudly referred to as “high-tech.”
“She made me a demo one time where she talks about being super high-tech, but it was all through a cassette, which she then voice memoed onto a flip phone, which someone then put onto the iPhone, which then got sent to me,” Cyrus added.
Yet, Parton was open to exploring something new when it came to Cyrus’ cover of her smash hit song “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” for Saturday Night Live’s cold open last May, a last-minute decision by Lorne Michaels.
“I got a fax. She loved it,” stated Cyrus. “She loves when I introduce my fans to her music in a way that’s still me.”
Dolly Parton is one of the most successful artists in history, with over 100 million records sold and an award-winning reputation. Her influence on young musicians like Cyrus speaks volumes about how she’s still impacting culture today.
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