Billy Ray Cyrus says the Disney series “Hannah Montana” destroyed his family.
Billy Ray recently spoke with GQ Magazine. He said he wished the show would have never happened. He blames his divorce and the out of control acts of daughter Miley Cyrus on the show.
“I hate to say it, but yes, I do. Yeah. I’d take it back in a second,” Cyrus said. “For my family to be here and just be everybody OK, safe and sound and happy and normal, would have been fantastic. Heck, yeah. I’d erase it all in a second if I could.”
Billy Ray and his wife, Tish, filed for divorce in October 2010. Together, they have three children. Tish has two from a previous marriage.
When he heard about Miley’s upcoming 18th birthday party, he decided he wasn’t going to attend or take the blunt of bad press surrounding his daughter.
“You know why I didn’t go? Because they were having it in a bar. It was wrong. It was for 21 years old and up. Once again all them people, they all wanted me to fly out so that then when all the bad press came they could say, ‘Daddy endorsed this stuff….’ I started realizing I’m being used. If I would have went out there I would have been right in the middle of all this stuff that’s going on right now with the bong. They’d be hanging it on my ass. I had the common sense… I said, ‘This whole thing’s falling apart up there and they just want to blame all of this stuff on you again.’ I’m staying out of it.”
Billy Ray also admits to a mistake- he says he tried too hard to be a friend instead of a parent. “I should have been a better parent,” Cyrus said. “I should have said, ‘Enough is enough – it’s getting dangerous and somebody’s going to get hurt.’ I should have, but I didn’t. Honestly, I didn’t know the ball was out of bounds until it was way up in the stands somewhere.”
Billy Ray compares his daughter’s path to those of Kurt Cobain, Anna Nicole Smith, and Michael Jackson. When asked if he really think Miley is in that kind of situation, he responded, “I don’t know. I’m her daddy so maybe I’m a little sensitive to it, but nows a real good time to make sure everything’s okay. An ounce of prevention’s worth a pound of cure.”
He said his entire family was baptized before leaving Tennessee. He believes Satan is attacking his family in the limelight of Los Angeles.
“It’s the way it is,” Cyrus said. “There has always been a battle between good and evil. Always will be. You think, ‘This is a chance to make family entertainment, bring families together …’ and look what it’s turned into.”
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