He added: “I love Dolly. I probably wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing without her.”
The pair even went on to release a single together, Romeo, which became a chart hit in the USA.
Their friendship was clearly very deep, so much so it has trickled down to Billy Ray’s daughter, Miley.
Miley was born the year Achey Breaky Heart came out, and Billy Ray asked Dolly to be Miley’s godmother, which she accepted, though on the condition she could be more like a “fairy godmother” instead.