This godparent-godchild duo came to be after country crooner Billy Ray Cyrus first recorded his hit “Achy, Breaky Heart” in the early 1990s. In the process, he got to know the legendary Parton, and eventually made her his daughter’s godmother. Since then, Parton has dubbed herself Miley Cyrus’s “fairy godmother.” The two have even performed Parton’s hit “Jolene” together. “I’m just real proud of her. She does not need my advice, but she’s often asking for information and advice, and I tell her what I know, but I think the girl’s doing all right without me,” Parton said of her goddaughter, in a 2012 CBS interview.
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Culkin was a close friend of Michael Jackson when the actor was just a young child star. Jackson named Culkin godfather of his daughter, Paris, now 18, who, in December 2016, shared a photo after she gave her famous godfather a pedicure.
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Gaga is godmother to both of Elton John’s young sons, Elijah and Zachary. “She’s a great role model, she’s young, [and] she’s been a great godmother to Zachary. . . . We’re all bonkers in this business, but we’re human beings at the same time,” John told Glamour U.K. after he and husband David Furnish named the singer their second son’s godmother in 2013.
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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie selected Bono as the godfather of their twins, Knox and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, when they were born in 2008. According to reports from Digital Spy at the time, Pitt had admired the U2 front man for years, and the couple had gotten to know him well.
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Just call Steven Spielberg godfather to the stars—Barrymore and Paltrow, both from entertainment families—are goddaughters of the famous director. Barrymore, who starred in Spielberg’s E.T. at age seven, became Spielberg’s goddaughter when she was a teen, reports the New York Daily News. As Paltrow’s godfather, he has treated the actress, who made a small appearance in his 1991 film Hook, to trips on his yacht around the Mediterranean, [reports U.K. publication Stylist](http://www.stylist.co.uk/people/surprising-celebrity-godparents.
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Howard’s father, actor and director Ron Howard, made his Happy Days co-star his daughter’s godfather, and the actress knows she lucked out with that selection. During an interview with The Talk in August 2016, she said, “He’s just the most wonderful man. It’s great as a kid to have adults who you can go to who are mentors. They don’t have the ability to ground you, but they do have the wisdom of being someone who loves you and who cares about you and is aware.” When it came to choosing her own child’s godfather, Dallas Howard chose actor and The Book of Mormon breakout star, Josh Gad.
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British royalty Collins was named Delevingne’s godmother when she was born in 1992, but as Dame Collins told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, she was 1 of 16 godparents to the model. “I asked [Delevingne’s parents], ‘Why do you have so many godparents?’” she said. “And they said, ‘Well, in case any of them die.’”
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