Category: Billy Ray Cyrus

Miley Cyrus reportedly 'furious' over Billy Ray Cyrus' GQ interview [Poll]

Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus on Hannah Montana Miley Cyrus would reportedly prefer it if dad Billy Ray Cyrus would shut his pie hole, according to a friend of the teen star.

"To say Miley is angry is an understatement," the friend told PopEater. "She's furious that her own flesh and blood would make a private matter so public."

Billy Ray Cyrus aired a lot of family business in a recent GQ interview, blaming "Hannah Montana" for destroying his family, saying he "never made one commissioned dime" off his daughter and asserting that Team Miley didn't allow him to parent her through the rough spots.

"Every time something happened in Miley's career, every time the train went off the track, if you will -- Vanity Fair, pole-dancing, whatever scandal it was -- her people, or as they say in today's news, her handlers, every time they'd put me ... 'Somebody's shooting at Miley! Put the old man up there!' " he told the mag. "Well, I took it because I'm her daddy, and that's what daddies do."

One entity not shocked by Billy Ray's interview, or Miley's attempts to establish herself as an "adult"? Disney itself, according to the Hollywood Reporter, which has a Disney insider saying they saw it coming -- that since "Hannah Montana" wrapped in January, Miley and Billy Ray have been clear with the company about their desire to distance themselves from the series and the character.

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Dr. Drew: Billy Ray Cyrus confused Miley by being a dad-pal-costar


Dr. Drew Pinsky has a few opinions regarding Billy Ray Cyrus' recently expressed parental pain — opinions the doc shared on Joy Behar's show Wednesday night, saying first that nobody should be taking pot shots at Miley Cyrus' dad.

"For a child growing up, it's very hard for [a parent] to have multiple functions.... In other words, you can't be the parent and the friend," Pinsky said. "You can't be the parent, the friend and the costar. That is very confusing. That creates boundary problems for a child. And therein lays the core of one of the problems that Miley seems to be manifesting now."

Billy Ray Cyrus told GQ recently that he'd take back the whole "Hannah Montana" thing — he costarred on the Disney series that made his daughter a household name — if it meant his family would still be intact.

Behar took up Billy Ray's side, pointing out that the country singer was beating himself up, and you had to feel for the guy.

"I've met the man; he's the sweetest, nicest man you'd ever want to meet," Pinsky said. "But I don't think he really understood how he had adulterated his parenting function ... . And he is such a nice guy, he probably had difficulties stepping up and asserting himself when he really needed to."

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Billy Ray Cyrus: 'Hannah Montana' destroyed my family

Billy Ray Cyrus hates Hannah Montana This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.

It's not easy being the daddy in the house that Miley Cyrus built, according to Billy Ray Cyrus, who says that if he had it to do over, the star-making "Hannah Montana" would never have happened.

"I'd erase it all in a second if I could," he told GQ magazine.

"I'll tell you right now -- the damn show destroyed my family. And I sit there and go, 'Yeah, you know what? Some gave all.' It is my motto, and guess what?  I have to eat that one. I some-gave-all'd it all right. I some-gave-all'd it while everybody else was going to the bank. It's all sad."

The interview sketches out a familiar pattern disturbingly similar to an early Lindsay/Dina/Michael Lohan construct.

Cyrus filed for divorce from Tish, his wife of 17 years, in October.

"For my family to be here and just be everybody OK, safe and sound and happy and normal, would have been fantastic."

At the time of the December interview, Billy Ray said he hadn't yet spoken to his 18-year-old daughter since video had surfaced, days earlier, of her taking a bong hit of salvia. It was the capstone in a streak of troubling behavior from his superstar spawn -- some of which he was criticized for, for not having handled things differently as a parent.

"You know, it seems at this point there's not a lot that I can say she doesn't already know," Cyrus said. "And of course I've sent her the texts of 'I'm here if you need me,' 'Always still love you,' those kind of things ... who knows?

"Maybe she knows exactly what she's doing." 

Does Billy Ray know what he's doing? Tell us in the comments section below.

For the record, 10 a.m. Feb. 16: This post originally said that Billy Ray Cyrus had not spoken to Miley Cyrus since video surfaced of her smoking a bong. At the time the interview was conducted, in December, only a few days had passed since the incident, and they hadn't yet spoken. The two have spent time together since then. Thanks to commenter @Chris for bringing that to our attention.


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-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Billy Ray Cyrus ponders fatherhood, fame and Corn Pops. Credit: Daniel Levitt / GQ 


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