Dolly Parton thinks Liam Hemsworth is a ''beautiful, nice boy''.

The country singer - who is Liam's fiancee Miley Cyrus' godmother - loves the 'Hunger Games' star and thinks he is a perfect match for the 'So Undercover' actress.

She said: ''I have met him and he's a beautiful, nice boy.''

Dolly also revealed she is protective of Miley and wishes people would be less critical of the young star.

She told In Touch Weekly magazine: ''I love Miley to death and people are mean about her all the time. She's just trying to grow up and find her spot.

''It grieves me when people talk bad about her. I wanna smack them! Knock it off and let the kid grow up.''

Miley recently admitted one of the worst things about being in the public eye is being the subject of internet death hoaxes which ''freak out'' her mother Tish.

She said: ''I die every week. It really freaks my mum out, because people will text her about it and she's a nervous wreck.''