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

February 18, 2011 | 11:02 am

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.

(Some might quibble that blaming the show for the destruction of the Cyrus family is a bit more than "distancing," but hey, it's all the spin.)

"She wanted to mature herself, but it kind of backfired," the insider told THR. "Her future without Disney is TBD."

Meanwhile, Rosie O'Donnell has picked up the "all the kids are doing it" flag apparently dropped by Billy Ray, telling "Access Hollywood" on Wednesday, "They're going to smoke some salvia -- whatever ... that is. They're going to drink some beer. This is what happens when kids are 18 and they're trying to separate."

Show biz isn't necessarily to blame, O'Donnell said.

"I think he's doing what a lot of us are doing that have teenagers, including me, [saying], ‘What ... is going on here? I thought I was in control of this place and now the kids are acting out. The animals are ruining the zoo.' "


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus in a 2007 scene from "Hannah Montana." Credit: Joel Warren / Disney Channel