Miley Cyrus defends her relationship with her dad in her memoirs


In October Celebitchy reported that Miley Cyrus was getting a whopping $4 million for her autobiography. I know, I’m still upset about it too. According to the Huffington Post, Cyrus’ work has turned into more of a memoir (I had to Wikipedia the two to distinguish the exact difference, and it turns out it’s that a memoir is less structured… which makes sense, coming from a teenager).

The Associated Press got an advanced copy, and discovered Miley is pissed at the media for implying that there’s something creepy about her relationship with dad Billy Ray.

Miley Cyrus doesn’t like to admit it, but she’s bothered by people who think there’s something wrong with the bond between her and her dad, singer Billy Ray Cyrus.

“The media has said some stuff about my dad and me being too close and too cuddly for a father and a daughter,” the 16-year-old actress-singer writes in “Miles to Go,” a new memoir. “For me and my dad it’s not weird at all.”

Cyrus’ memoir, written with Hilary Liftin, will be published next month by Disney-Hyperion Books. The Associated Press purchased a copy put on sale early.

She doesn’t directly mention last year’s photo shoot for Vanity Fair, when she is shown reclining against her father, his arm around her shoulder, both of them somber and bare-armed _ an image many found suggestive. But she does write that she loves her father (who co-stars on her “Hannah Montana” show), isn’t afraid to show it, and “we don’t let other people tell us what expressions we’re supposed to have on our faces when we take a picture together!”

Acknowledging that fame inevitably attracts criticism, she writes of being hurt by comments posted about her on the Internet and concludes that some people are “so full of anger, hatred and bitterness.”

[From the Huffington Post]

Just because someone points out that Miley has an unusually close relationship with her dad doesn’t mean they’re filled with “of anger, hatred and bitterness.” I suppose it can depend on the context of what was said, and I’m sure it’s natural to get defensive over something like that. Miley and Billy Ray don’t have to alter their relationship to make it look like something more distant so that everyone else feels more comfortable with it. And similarly, the rest of the world doesn’t have to smile and zip their lips while acting like there’s nothing unusual about their father/daughter relationship.

Honestly I see that it provides fodder for jokes, but for the most part I think it’s nice that they’re so close. People can and will twist things, and that sucks for any 16-year-old. Most of us have to go through it on a high school level, but Miley has to deal with it in a much more public way. So it’s logical that her reaction is going to be a bit bigger too. I’m not sure that it’s appropriate to label everyone else some version of sad and pathetic, but it is understandable.

Photos are from, from Miley’s cover shoot last spring.


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  1. Annie says:

    I think it’s a lot less weird than Dina Lohan who thinks she’s 23 like her daughter.

    At least, (from what I perceive) Billy Ray’s a father to her, not a drinking buddy.

  2. sissoucat says:

    Don’t know much about her relationship with her dad. A bit sad she’s a meal ticket, though.

  3. barneslr says:

    Some people just have filthy minds.

    BRC has always come across as a loving-and appropriate-parent. I don’t necessarily agree with all of the parenting decisions he has made, but I think he and his wife has both tried to keep their kids on the right path.

    I’m only sorry that she felt she needed to even dignify those commments.

    On another subject, though–she is a child! She hasn’t lived long enough to write her memoirs yet! Please…!

  4. photo jojo says:

    I think the public WAY overreacted to those photos. I found them gorgeous, and I am by NO MEANS a Miley/Billy Ray fan!

  5. Feebee says:

    WTF, she’s writing her memoirs at 16? Is someone scared she won’t be relevant at 26?

    I wasn’t a big fan of the Vanity Fair photo of her and her dad. It wasn’t that it was necessarily inappropriate but when I looked at it ‘something’ didn’t look right (yes, I have stopped looking at it). For good or bad Billy Ray has always seemed to look out for his daughter and want her life and career to go well without being a Simpson or Lohan disaster.

  6. Sue D. Nimm says:

    I guess it’s good that she has a loving family. She’s still annoying as hell, and nobody should be writing memoirs when they’re only about 1/5 through their life.

  7. Rio says:

    I really didn’t get why people thought that picture was “creepy”. Forced and disaffected, perhaps, but not creepy. Neither of them look they they’re aware of each others presence in the first place!

  8. Codzilla says:

    Someone needs to spike his Natty Light, and then shave his head after he passes out.

  9. becca says:

    Oh, I don’t think there’s anything gross going on behind the Cyrus curtain, but I am a firm believer that Billy Ray is famewhoring Miley for the money. Miley is so spoiled and so into her own fame that she sees nothing wrong with it. I heard they’re trying to break Miley’s little sis into showbiz as well.

    They’re brats and a-holes, but Billy Ray is a very adept businessman, I’ll give him that.

  10. MAKENNA says:

    dear miley please give me ur msn and # mine is 738-2626 and ask for makenna PLEASE ADD ME 2 UR MSN IT IS SARAH-HALES@HOTMAIL.COM THX LOVE UR BIGGEST FANS SARAH AND MAKENNA P.S. We r 14 yrs. old

  11. SixxKitty says:

    Of all the parent-child relationships in the tinsel town business, I find them the less creepy… they seem natural and honest, of course in ten years when the next book comes out by her, the toast could be buttered on the other side…

  12. makenna and sarah says:

    Dear miley,

    can u give me your msn and # thank you from your biggest fans makenna and sarah

    p.s. love the clothes

  13. SixxKitty says:

    * by that i mean she will be a grown woman and their relationship dynamic will have changed, not implying anything yucky!

  14. Blah Girls says:

    whatever floats her boat i guess! but really $4 million for writing a memoir and she’s only like 16?

  15. Rio says:

    February 24th, 2009 at 1:11 am

    dear miley please give me ur msn and # mine is 738-2626 and ask for makenna PLEASE ADD ME 2 UR MSN IT IS SARAH-HALES@HOTMAIL.COM THX LOVE UR BIGGEST FANS SARAH AND MAKENNA P.S. We r 14 yrs. old ”

    Makenna and Sarah,

    1) There is no way to contact Miley Cyrus via the comment section of this blog.
    2) The fact you’re asking for her MSN and phone number on a thread discussing implied incest is creepy to say the least.
    3) Handing out your personal information on a forum such as this is incredibly dangerous if you are, in fact, 14-year-old girls.
    4- and most importantly) If you are 14 years old, your grammar, capitalization, and vocabulary usage needs a lot of work. If you aren’t in high school now, then you soon will be– and after high school comes college and a career. You cannot get through life using text-speak and fragmented sentences, as doing so will mark you as uneducated, ignorant, and uncaring.
    That isn’t a personal attack, and I’m closer in age to you than you’d think. Taking the time to write proper sentences will cost you a few seconds and gain you miles in respect.

    Take care,
    The Daughter of Two Teachers

  16. Donnie says:

    Sarah – you might also consider creating an email account that doesn’t include your full name! Geeze.

    Rio – you made my day, too. Thanks for stating the painfully obvious. Thing is, the more time that goes by, the less and less proper grammar, spelling and proper vocabulary you’re going to see. Unfortunate.

  17. Aspen says:

    Oh my!

    Girls! WHERE are your parents? I have half a mind to call that number and speak with your mother personally!

    Follow Rio’s advice, I beg you, or I’ll be forced to butt in…and I warn you in advance that I’m probably not anywhere NEAR as lenient as your mothers.

  18. mojoman says:

    Girls like makenna and Sarah make me scared of having daughters..where are your parents?? this is just too crazy!

  19. dovesgate says:

    I can see where the creepy factor comes in – tilt their faces towards each other and you have a pose off the cover of a romance novel.

    Personally, I dont think children should be wearing pants cut so low as to show hip bones. I dont care how artisically that sheet was draped over her (from the controversial photoshoot), it still should not have been taken. How many pedo’s were looking at those pictures and salivating?

    Speaking as someone who was nearly a victim, you dont want to do anything that will encourage or promote the sexuality of a child. Whether its clothes, almost suggestive poses, or almost naughty pictures on a Myspace account.

  20. snappyfish says:

    memoirs? give me a break she is what? 17? I am sure she has a lovely family that is using her to finance their lifestyle. The fact they allow her to have a boyfriend who is in his 20s shows their head is not on straight.

    The idea of the vanity fair pictures was simply publicity. Get people to talk.

    it worked

  21. geronimo says:

    Miley, memoirs and $4M in the same sentence is a sentence too much for me.

  22. mamalama says:

    I don’t even care about the pictures anymore, but writing a memoir at 16? WTF is that?!

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  25. anonymous says:

    i don’t think they have anything going on.
    but i think it’s sweet how they have such a close father and daughter relationship. it’s good to know how miley have such a caring father that is always by her side.