Did Billy Ray Cyrus just use the media to emotionally blackmail Miley?


Well, it looks like Billy Ray Cyrus got hit with the Disney Hammer. Either that, or Miley has gift for getting her dad to shut his piehole. After Billy Ray went rogue in an extensive GQ interview, published last week, the repercussions are still being felt. Miley and her team seem to still be in damage-control mode, and Miley and Tish have been doing photo-ops, trying to convince us that all is well. Plus, The Mullet was forced to cancel his appearance on The View this week, with either Disney or his daughter pulling the strings. Now The Rogue Mullet has given a statement to People Magazine where he seems like he’s trying to walk back some of his more confrontational GQ comments:

Billy Ray Cyrus is trying to do right by his loved ones.

After telling PEOPLE in its new issue that fame “destroyed my family” – and revealing in another interview he was “scared” for daughter Miley, 18, – the country star says he’s looking inward.

“It is very important to me to work on mending my family right now,” Cyrus, 49, tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement.

Calling his recent comments “explosive, and unintentionally so,” Cyrus says, “My family is the most important thing I have, and we are working together to make sure our future is stronger and healthier.”

Cyrus, who had retreated to his Tennessee farm and filed for divorce last fall, has been lately spending time in Los Angeles with wife Tish, 43, and youngest daughter Noah, 11.

“It is all a learning process, and we thank everyone for their support and respect of our privacy as we sort through very important family issues,” he says.

For more on Cyrus’s regrets, his hopes to repair his family, and Miley’s reaction to his comments, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

[From People]

So… he’s ringing the “privacy” bell? Now? Billy Ray and Miley have never cared about privacy. Ever.

My take on this situation, and this is just my theory, my opinion: I think Billy Ray was and is genuinely concerned for Miley, and he truly thinks the people around Miley are damaging her more than helping her. The Mullet’s problem is that the GQ interview reads in part like a father emotionally blackmailing his wayward daughter. Beyond the genuine concern for Miley, there is the lament and self-imposed martyrdom of a conservative father who can no longer exert any control on his wild daughter. The Mullet seemed to be attempting to control his daughter, or at least make some kind of impact on her negatively, out in the public sphere. Perhaps that was the only card he had left to play – he says in the interview that he and Miley haven’t been speaking much. My guess is that after the interview, Miley did contact him and that she’s the one calling many of the shots now, and that Billy is relenting and pulling back from his public comments now because he got what he wanted: more time with Miley.

UPDATE: Damn, I wrote this story before I saw Us Weekly’s cover story this week – Miley Cyrus has been “destroyed by Daddy”. Yep. Sounds about right.




Header courtesy of GQ, additional pics by WENN.

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18 Responses to “Did Billy Ray Cyrus just use the media to emotionally blackmail Miley?”

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  1. brin says:

    Miley seems very strong willed and independent, good luck Billy Ray!

  2. normades says:

    He just needs to shut up. He created a monster and now he can’t win whatever he does.

  3. gabs says:

    So he brought it to the public to get her to call him? hmm. I guess that makes sense. My mother would do that if I was famous and wasn’t returning her calls lol. She looks really pretty on the us weekly cover so its def her team. I want to read more about “Christinas drunken rages” though

  4. sisi says:

    Christina Aguilera looks like she wants to eat Miley on that cover

  5. Isabel says:

    LOL @ sisi. YES!

    As far as this mess goes, they’re a family of famewhores. It’s gross. I don’t like any of it and I don’t even know how to pick a side.

  6. di butler says:


    Common sense dictates you pick the side of the children. All 5 of them, not just Miley. They are the ones whose parents are divorcing. However, Miley is pretty tough, I don’t see her on any brink like was reported. So much hyperbole and exaggeration, I think.

  7. KsGirl says:

    Quote: “there is the lament and self-imposed martyrdom of a conservative father who can no longer exert any control on his wild daughter.”

    This. I felt icky when I first read that GQ piece and the above quote touches on why. BRC isn’t some stranger who is really concerned. He’s her DAD. He has a responsibility, and has had a responsibility, for her life since she was born. I don’t entirely condemn him or how he feels and I do believe there is some genuine worry on his part, but the public statements rather than, you know, privately dealing with it with his kid, seems a bit iffy.

  8. malachais says:

    Miley’s paying the bills and has been for many years so, once again, Billy Ray is shutting his trap in order to ‘keep the peace.’

    Normades, ITA.

  9. Yael says:

    The more the Mullet worries about her, the more this Chipmunk’s face swells…LOL…directly proportional.

  10. lilred says:

    Christina looks like Boy George back in the day.

  11. motheroftheyear says:


    That picture of Christina is amaaaaaazing, however…

  12. clorismetchum says:

    i don’t see why none of you have commented on how FINE billy ray is! LOOK at him! mullet or no mullet, everytime i see this gorgeous male specimen i just want to hop on his face! YUM.

  13. Bodhi says:

    I think Billy Ray was and is genuinely concerned for Miley, and he truly thinks the people around Miley are damaging her more than helping her.

    ITA. I think that, in his mind, this was the only way he could get her to sit up & pay attention to what he was saying. Tish is obviously from the Lohan school of parenting, & while, yes, BR totally had a hand in making Destiny Hope into Miley, at least he realizes that maybe it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be…

  14. lol says:

    This whole family has had issues for awhile. Sad actually. Miley I think is a great gal & Im hopping her god mother Dolly Parton takes her under her wing.

  15. hairball says:

    @lilred: I was just going to say that! WHAT happened to Christina??? She does look like Boy George in that photo.

  16. Cherry Rose says:

    @ clorismetchum – I sincerely hope you’re being sarcastic and/or joking. Billy Ray Cyrus, hot? *pukes*

  17. Anonymous says:

    I don’t know, but someone who thinks that atheism=Satan needs some serious mental help.

  18. Hakura says:

    @Bodhi (13) – ITA with your statement.

    I could be wrong, but I always thought the interview was an attempt to communicate. It seemed like Miley had pretty much ‘shut him out’ after the separation with Tish.

    Which I assumed was either because of the divorce itself (siding with mom), or because BR suddenly started trying to be a parent (too little, WAY too late) by criticizing her actions, & she just wasn’t having it.

    It was a bad idea, sure to bring a negative response. But I got the impression he was desperate. I feel bad for *all* of them. He realized his mistakes as a parent too late to really do Miley any good, & unlike some, I do think she’s gotten out of control.

    She dove headfirst into destructive behaviors (actively partying (drinking), smoking (cigarettes & who knows what else), & appearing in public in compromising positions with different guys. She’s young, I do understand that. But it’s a lot happening in a short period of time. I just think it’s going to cause a crash-n-burn eventually.