After splitting from his wife and seeing his daughter's scandals, Billy Ray blames 'Hannah Montana.'
A lot of fingers have been pointed in the direction of Billy Ray Cyrus since Miley Cyrus started shedding her tween-sensation image. Between nightclub birthday parties, pole-dancing onstage and bong-smoking snaps, plenty of people were wondering where Cyrus' was in the midst of his teenage daughter's many scandals.
Apparently he was around, but the situation blew up before he could get a handle on it. Billy Ray sat down with GQ to explain, and Omg! and the New York Post gave us a few snippets of the conversation.
"And I sit there and I 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," Cyrus said. "Every time the train went off the track… her people, or as they say in today's news, her handlers, every time they'd put [the blame on] me… I took it because I'm her daddy… OK, nail me to the cross."
The singer was extremely blunt about "Hannah Montana," the show that catapulted his family, especially Miley, into the spotlight. He fired back at those "handlers," and even those seemingly innocent Disney execs.
"I'd take it back in a second," he said. "I'll tell you right now—the damn show destroyed my family."
As if the Miley debacle wasn't enough, reports surfaced that Billy Ray's wife of 17 years, Tish, may have cheated on him with Bret Michaels. They are now in the process of divorcing, but his main concern is still for his daughter—who is rapidly heading down the wrong road. Did Bret Michaels Break Up Miley Cyrus’ Parents?
"I'm scared for her," Billy Ray said. "She's got a lot of people around her that's putting her in a great deal of danger. I know she's 18, but I still feel like as her daddy, I'd like to try to help. At least get her out of danger. I want to get her sheltered from the storm. Stop the insanity just for a minute."
Cyrus' worries are so deep, he even went on to compare Miley to fallen stars Kurt Cobain, Anna Nicole Smith and Michael Jackson.
"That's why I'm concerned about Miley," he said, referencing Cobain first. "I think that his world was just spinning so fast and he had so many people around him that didn't help him. Like Anna Nicole Smith—you could see that train wreck coming. I was actually trying to reach out to Anna Nicole Smith, because I kept telling Tish and everybody around me, going, 'This is a disaster.' Michael Jackson—I was trying to reach out to Michael Jackson. I knew he had kids, and I was going to invite his kids down to a taping of 'Hannah'—I just felt it would be good for Michael."
When Miley continued to play with fire, having her 18th birthday celebration at a club, Cyrus finally refused to go along with it. Is Miley Cyrus Still Sexting Liam Hemsworth?
"It was wrong," he told GQ. "It was for 21 years old and up. I said, 'This whole thing's falling apart up there and they just want to blame all this stuff on you again.' I'm staying out of it."
He may have pointed a few fingers of his own during the interview, but he is fully aware of his role in the Miley situation.
"I should have said, 'Enough is enough—it's getting dangerous and somebody's going to get hurt'… Honestly, I didn't know the ball was out of bounds until it was way up in the stands somewhere."
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