Billy Ray Cyrus: “I Should Have Been a Better Parent”
Billy Ray Cyrus gave an emotional interview in the latest issue of GQ magazine. He talks about his concerns for his famous daughter and former co-star Miley.
“I’m scared for [Miley]…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.”
Billy Ray even took his concern so far as to draw parallels to Miley’s life and other Hollywood tragedies like Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson and Anna Nicole Smith. He says,
“I’m concerned about Miley. I think that [Cobain's] 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…Michael Jackson—I was trying to reach out to Michael Jackson.”
So what does Billy Ray think he did wrong? He thinks he was more of a friend than a parent.
“I should have been a better parent…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.”
He went on to put the blame on the show that propelled his daughter to super-stardom.
“[Hannah Montana] destroyed my family…the damn show destroyed my family…It’s all sad.”
Does he wish Miley had never been cast in the show?
“I hate to say it, but yes, I do. Yeah. I’d take it back in a second. For my family to be here and just be everybody okay, safe and sound and happy and normal, would have been fantastic. Heck, yeah. I’d erase it all in a second if I could.”