Billy Ray Cyrus backtracks from his ‘Hannah Montana destroyed my family’ interview


We’ve heard that Miley Cyrus’ parents have called off their divorce, with Miley’s dad Billy Ray “The Mullet” Cyrus saying on The View that he wants “to put my family back together.” Miley’s mom Tish has also put up a statement on her Facebook page about how happy she is to be reunited with The Mullet, writing “Our family weathered a huge storm and I feel we are stronger than we have ever been!” All of this comes after an interview The Mullet gave to GQ last month in which he very candidly talked about the fact that Miley’s fast track in the business was difficult for him and said point blank that Hanna Montana “destroyed my family.” He also talked about money issues to GQ, and said he was pulling in $15k a week playing his daughter’s dad on Hannah Montana vs. “the millions that they make,” adding that “everybody else was going to the bank.”

Well the Mullet has since reigned it in. He canceled some interviews after he said all that to GQ and now he’s going on the apology tour. He was on Good Morning America today, where he tried to backtrack and make nice. He also said that it was wrong of him to try and be Miley’s friend first and that he could have been a better dad. I thought that was pretty thoughtful of him, but this interview probably came after some serious pressure from Disney and his wife.

On how he was out of sorts when he gave that interview
I did that interview with GQ two weeks before Christmas…in the midst of a divorce, separated from my family. It was a mess. Surrounded in darkness. GQ, the writer, photographer showed up. And I kind of learned this, that doing an interview when you’re mad, is a whole lot like going to the grocery store when you’re hungry. It’s not a real good idea.”

Kissing Disney’s ass
I love my family more than anything in the world. My family extends out into the Disney family. I love the company. I love what they stand for.

On whether he’s backtracking
As far as convincing anybody of anything, I don’t have to do that. I just want to put my family back together.

On if Miley was upset with him after reading the article
I think we were all upset with me. It wasn’t good. What I meant to say and what I hope I said was, fame, the pressures of fame … fame can be a dangerous animal. And it’s a delicate thing. It’s funny. You know, when you get in this industry and … you strike so hard for that moment. But, fame is dangerous.

On if there are people in Miley’s life that don’t have her best interests at heart
Most of all Miley has a great heart. She’s very intelligent and she will make good choices

On when he was a friend instead of a dad
I look back on it and I know that I did kind of approach being a dad as a friend. I know that I could have done some things different… My kids need a dad and I can promise them that I’ll come back in and do the very best that I can do. I may be persecuted for saying it, but I still want to be Miley’s friend. I want to be the person that she comes to talk to. I just want her to trust and know that I love her more than life itself and I’ll be by her side for the good and bad. I’ll do my best to be a dad.

[From GMA, quotes online and from video above]

That’s really nice. You could tell that he took his time to get his head on straight before coming back and apologizing, and that he was well versed in what he wanted to say. He never mentioned his wife Tish at all and wanting to have a loving relationship with her, it was all about his “family” and his daughter, Miley. I get that Miley is the famous one and that all the focus is on her, but it seems like Billy Ray and Tish are getting back together for the sake of their kids, and not necessarily out of a deep commitment and love to each other. If Tish cheated with Brent Michaels as rumored I guess I don’t blame Billy Ray for not talking about her much.

Here are Billy Ray and Tish in June. They’re shown with their kids Trace, Brandi and Noah in March. Header image from March, 2009. Credit:




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  1. anti says:

    MC looks really different in the second photo from the bottom… and her dad is an opportunist.

  2. irishserra says:

    I think that’s Brandi Cyrus in the second photo with the fam, not Miley. At least per the caption it is.

  3. brin says:

    It takes a big mullet to admit his mistakes (along with pressure from your bigger star daughter).

  4. meg says:

    Tish has the scariest face ever- it’s like a demonic doll with crazy eyes.

  5. Novaraen says:

    That’s not Miley in that second to last photo….that’s another one of the Cyrus spawn who uncannily looks at lot like Tish. I think this photo is older…because she now has the bleach blonde hair to match Tish’s.

    Icky family…*shivers*

  6. Isabel says:

    @anti – I agree. Almost like a sort of melted and reshaped Angelina wax figure.

  7. anti says:

    @2: ah, i see now, thought it was weird.

  8. Flotus says:

    I find it very entertaining when “celeb’s” (or so called celebs) start backstroking! Give someone enough rope and eventually, they will hang themselves…

  9. dovesgate says:

    Has Tish had lots of plastic surgery to look like that? She looks like a human Barbie.

  10. lucy2 says:

    I saw part of this yesterday morning, and he was backtracking so hard he probably stepped on his mullet.
    I think the first article was probably what he REALLY thinks, and this new stuff is just PR clean up. He went from “they destroyed us!” to “I love them, they’re family” way too fast, with no middle ground.

    At least he can admit he needs to be a parent more than a friend – now he just needs to actually do it, especially for that young one who’s always dressed inappropriately.

  11. Fire says:

    Weird how he didn’t even come close to answering “On if there are people in Miley’s life that don’t have her best interests at heart”

  12. Solveig says:

    I wonder if in that family there’s at least one person whose appereance looks normal. They all look like charicatures, especially Tish and that bad copy of Joey Ramone on the left in the third pic.

  13. Johanna says:

    Tish has a really unfortunate face & something about her demeanor oozes of a rock & roll groupie. Yuck! Shame on me for giving this hillbilly the benefit of the doubt when CB first reported his GQ interview.

  14. Cha Cha Loca says:

    Bunch of dang hillbillies.

  15. NayNay says:

    Nice backtracking, Billy Ray. My take on this is that Miley probably threatened to cut him off financially for all that he said, and him fearing that his meal ticket was fleeing, he got scared, and is now lying his f’ing ass off. As my mother always said, don’t be sorry, just don’t do it.

  16. Sassy says:

    Lucy2…I LOVE IT!!! ‘Backtracking so hard he probably stepped on his mullet,’…PRICELESS. Yes, BRC did exactly that. I think he did it because he’s pandering to the corporate suits @ Disney. BRC comes across as just plain stupid, to me. Yes, when he gave the GQ interview..THAT IS HOW HE REALLY FELT..I mean, come ON!! It is interesting he didn’t single out Tish…rather, his “family.” Geez. Also, I think he’s pandering to Miley. If I were Miley, I would just lose SO MUCH RESPECT FOR MY DAD. BRC is scared he’ll alienate his daughter…AND the future RETIREMENT INCOME he’ll possibly get from her. I like strong personality types…and Billy Ray is a WIMP! He folded in like a CHEAP SUIT after speaking his mind to GQ…sad…REAL SAD.

  17. Sassy says:

    Also…..what up w/who I think(?) is their son in the second pic from the bottom?!? He looks like a Marilyn Manson clone.

  18. LindyLou says:

    ITA with NayNay. I think you hit the nail squarely on the head.

  19. Rosanna says:

    Billy-no-parent-Cyrus is a big disappointment, I’ll tell you.

  20. serena says:

    He’s really kissing Disney’s ass. I loved him when he talked TRUTH on the gq interview, but now he’s just backtracking because Miley probably trew a tantrum and menaced him to never be by his side as long as he didn’t judge her new image, behaviour and friends. I just get the picture.

  21. neuroticdawg says:

    They’re just people who screw up and don’t always know the best thing to do or say like the rest of us. I can’t judge them. I can only be glad that I was never presented with the opportunity to make tons of money but also be in the public eye where every mistake I make is seen and evaluated by millions. I hope they get it sorted with no major casualties.

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