Dolly Parton has said she is "just so proud" of Taylor Swift for following her dream.

The 68-year-old country music icon told People magazine: "I think that little Taylor Swift has just done amazing. She knew exactly who she was, she had her dream, and she stuck with it. That's what you gotta do. I'm just so proud of her."

Parton also shared some pearls of wisdom: "I'm not one to give advice, because I never wanted anyone to give me advice. If someone comes to me, I say, 'What I did was this, but I'm not you.' It's different for each person.

"But there are some golden rules in life. Be true to yourself. You need to know what you will and won't put up with, and what you're willing to sacrifice. A desire, a wish and a dream are different things, and you've gotta figure out those little differences.

"Everybody wishes that they were rich or famous, but that's not necessarily going to happen if you don't have the spunk to make it happen. You gotta work your dreams ... The key to my success has always been that my desire to succeed has always been greater than my fear ... And I just ask God to help me, and I follow that light."