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Billy Ray Lashes Out At Hannah Montana For "Destroying" His Family!

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Watch those bridges burn, baby, burrrrn!

The Cyrus family's severing all ties with the House of Mouse, starting with daddy Billy Ray Cyrus, who reportedly gave a scathing interview to GQ this month, detailing the reasons why his daughter's Hannah Montana handlers ruined their family.

Billy Ray admits that he let Miley Cyrus' handlers take too much control over his daughter's life. He confesses that he's "scared for her," as a lot of the people around her are "putting her in a great deal of danger," while forcing all the blame for her actions onto him. As an example, he talks about her 18th birthday party at the El Lay club, Trousdale. He explains:

"You know why I didn't go? Because they were having it in a bar. It was wrong. It was for 21 years old and up . . . all them people, they all wanted me to fly out so that then when all the bad press came they could say, 'Daddy endorsed this stuff.' I started realizing I'm being used."

You mean you were letting yourself be used. At the end of the day, you are still the girl's father. If there was something you didn't feel comfortable with, like her pole-dancing Teen Choice Awards routine or her Vanity Fair cover shoot (his examples, not ours), you should have spoken up! You should have stepped in! Father trumps handlers!

When asked if he could go back and change anything, Billy Ray admits that he wished they have never even signed up for the Hannah Montana gig, claiming it "destroyed his family." He added:

"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."

Then, Billy Ray gets really melodramatic upset and compares his darling daughter to Anna Nicole Smith, saying, "You could see that train wreck coming."

Wow. Maybe a bit too far, Billy! She's made a few mistakes, but we wouldn't thrown Mileybird on the train wreck list yet!

BTW - Does Miley know that you did this? We know you two haven't really spoken since the whole salvia incident, but we think she might just be a bit ticked off that you went off the deep end on the hands that feed her…and you!

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70 comments to “Billy Ray Lashes Out At Hannah Montana For "Destroying" His Family!”

  1. 1

    Michael Lohan…um…I mean…Billy Ray needs to shut up and keep his family drama out of the press.

  2. 2

    Well said Perez. This fool is a joke. It's all Disney's fault. He lived the celeb life, he should know better than most where those people alliances lay. He's the one that say "it's what teenagers do" when asked about her behavior. I'm sure Disney forced him to say that. What a joke. Sorry excuse for a parent. If anyone, even the cash cow at Disney, told me how to raise my kid, or interfered, i'd yank her/him out of that business so fast it wouldn't be funny. But we didn't get the rest of his reason for her downfall, he and his wife were enjoying all the money their trashy daughter was raking in. Fucking idiot.

  3. 3

    i kinda agree with Perez. billy sounds like the guy who wants to sound innocent while still pocketing the buttload of money he got from his daughter's exploitation. at no point could they have stopped him from being a dad. and if not, then talk to your kid. tell her flashing vagina isn't appropriate for a 17 year old. he's just bitching cuz he's getting shit for the train wreck his daughter is and since there's no more show, who better to blame it on than Disney?? i'm really sick of miley's desperate pleas for attention, like the boob sideshow she was giving at the grammys. ok, we get it, you're 18! i was actually surprised; i thought she'd be 30 by now since she started naked pics at 8, grinding men at 12, poledancing at 16, flashing boobs and vagina at 17… she's got nothing left but pregnancy and rehab. and she should space those out to keep that "career" relevant.

  4. 4

    So first you bash him for not being involved, then you bash him when he does. You bash him when he mentions a train wreck, but you only see one side of the story, not what is really happening like he would. Still, you feel that even though you don't know anything about the subject you can bash him about his parenting, his behavior.
    Bashing seems to be just about the only thing you excel at. Bully Perez strikes again.

  5. 5

    first! Stage a big feud to get them in the spotlight??? How very Jon Voight, Angelina Jolie of them.

  6. 6

    So now that he isn't receiving a paycheck from Disney he complains about what they did to his family? Running out of money already Billy? His daughter was behaving inappropriately way before Hannah Montana ended and he didn't have a problem with Disney. He needed cojones then and he needs them now. Get a job and support yourself. What a hypocrite.

  7. 7

    Billy Ray shouldn't be blamming disney for something that they could have handled better. They were the ones the let Miley do what she wanted, like move in her boyfriends and then she was 17, let her buy her own place, and do what she wanted. She's still 18 and you could have done thinsg different Billy Ray. Admit to your mistakes and move on!

  8. 8

    Pfft, he shouldn't blame Disney because he failed as a father. It was never entirely their responsibility to keep her out of trouble.

  9. 9

    so what's his excuse for his 10 year old that runs around looking like a 2 cent whore?

  10. 10

    He wasn't bashing DISNEY, he was bashing the fame and what it did to his family.

  11. 11

    He is right,Disney is an evil soul sucking machine that uses subliminal messages everywhere. Keep drinking that Jesuit juice Mario and promoting artists that are slowly being murdered for the all mighty buck…no one with a sound mind is buying it.

  12. 12

    I feel sorry for him. Nobody here knows what it's like to be in the entainment business. Yes he probably did need the money and thought it would be a good oppertunity for his daughter as well, he probably isn;t the smartest guy in the world and now realized he fucked up. That doesnt make him a bad dad or anything else. He knows he screwed up, he's admitting it.

  13. hrg says – reply to this


    when every blames miley for not being a role model for their kids, the defense seems to be "it's not mileys job to raise your kids, it's the parents". Well Billy Ray, youre the parent here. Take some responsibility and raise your child. You were supposed to not Disney. Selena Gomez's mother seems to have understood that. Hell even Demi's parents understood since they went and got her help. You wont even get Miley help, youd rather play the blame game with Disney. Unbelievable. When a child messes up it's always someone else's fault isn't it?

  14. 14

    Another Michael Lohan. He loves his little cash cow/daughter. Unfortunately, the little retarded girls are now all about Bieber and don't give a fuck about Miley. So now we can become an alcoholic and a drug addict and be in rehab soon.

  15. 15

    Cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, enablers, fame, and fortune at 18 years old = MAJOR disaster!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. 16

    Apri, I was thinking the same thing about the little sister. Who is he blaming for that? What about that freaky older brother?

  17. 17

    I totally agree with Perez, for once. Billy needs to shut the hell up! If I were Miley I'd be so annoyed with him! When was the last time he was famous without the help of Miley? He's a one hit wonder, and the only way he can stay relevant is having his daughter as an actress/singer/tabloid favorite. I think he loves attention more than he loves his family!

  18. 18

    Yeah Billy Ray, that's what happens when you let your little girl to act like a whore. I'd understand if she were talented but seriously. Miley is a decent singer but an horrible actress.

  19. 19

    For some reason no one here seems to have realized that he may not have been ABLE to speak out about Disney before the show ended. When you sign contracts to do a show that can easily entail restrictions on what you say and do with respect to your employers (and that counts for his daughter just as much as it does him). I don't think there is anything wrong at all with him lashing out about the fame around his daughter - ever actually try to get an 18 year old you're related to do anything they don't want to? (eg NOT go to a club). Its not easy in the slightest and I think people are rushing too quickly to blame Billy Ray here.

  20. 20

    What an asshole.

  21. 21

    I don't think billy ray should be blaming disney. disney doesn't raise your child billy ray. its him miley cyrus got out of control because he let her do whatever she wants ever since she was 13 or 12 when she first started hannah montana. Now thAT she 18 he can't do anything about it except let miley learn from her own mistakes.

  22. 22

    Father trumps handlers I honestly don't think it does when there is money involve but he should have given Miley some more tough love. Though I do think its harder esp when ppl are letting miley do whatever she wants so when her father says no it sounds less appealing and teenagers usually go towards the ppl who let them get their way.

  23. 23

    You know what Perez, until you have kids, you really need to sit down and shut up. You’ve never been a father, so who are you to pass judgement on Billy? This isn’t exactly Lindsay’s father we are talking about here.Billy has a valid and legit concern for his daughter. Hollywood had destroyed many families and young lives.

  24. 24

    well, u got wut u wished for. maybe u can buy yer way out. or , go down choking on a lobster tail .

  25. 25

    I kinda feel sorry for him, but he is the one who didn't step up to the plate as a parent during that photo shoot, pole dancing, vagina flashing, etc. Its obvious his ex wife is a famewhore, and I'm sure there's some truth to the Brett Michaels rumours, but I wanna know what his excuse is for the prosti-tot daughter that's like 10 years old?

  26. 26

    you guys are talking as if miley is already on the same "plane" with lindsay lohan cmon, "Cigarettes, alcohol, drugs" thats already a cliché on every teenager life. and about the pole dancing lol im not a miley fan nor do i like her type of music but i actually saw that music video just to see what the big fuzz was about and seriously? lol that WAS NOTHING holding onto the pole because the cart was moving around "wow what a slut". only joke that i see here is her father cuz to be honest she is doing quite good for a girl who grow up with all this media drama

  27. 27

    Re: j1gilbe – the freaky older bro is his wife's kid from what I understand - nonetheless, the entire family is fucked and it's because Billy and Tish have no idea how to raise children into responsible adults

  28. 28

    I liked him… before I read this. he certainly was quick to take Jabs at the company (sic disney) who supported her and stood by her through all the media hooplah… and continued to cash her out. billy hadn't been relevant since the achy breaky heart era…I think it is in distate to critisize disney. He sure didn't mind being a part of the show for some odd seasons and cashing those checks….

  29. 29

    Billy Ray PUSHED his daughter to do the show so HE could make millions$$ for HIMSELF on the show. Billy Ray ALLOWED her to do things worse than a birthday party in a bar WHEN Billy Ray was profiting$$$ from it. Billy Ray was a horrible father and HE is to blame for His more love for MONEY$$$ than his daughter when she was a minor. He is pissed because she is 18 and he is not making a profit$$$ off her anymore. He is a LOSER.

  30. 30

    Re: orbital – umm i doubt that.. if that were the case I'm pretty sure there would also be a clause regarding confidentiality after the case.. its disney.. not a mom and pop operation and I'm sure they have dotted all their i's and crossed their t's the only reason he didnt say anything then is because he was getting that paper!

  31. 31

    "We know you two haven't really spoken since the whole salvia incident"

    Er… how the fuck yould you know that, Perez ?

  32. 32

    I guess he didn't seem to mind when the money was rolling in, and people actually remembered who he was again.

  33. 33

    I think the people she (Miley CYrus) hangs out with are the one to blame. Because, before Miley starred on Hannah, u never herd of any of the Cyruses kids getting in the trouble doing drugs and stuff. So yeah, Not Billy and Tish's fault, Miley just got caught with the wrong crowd (Just like Lohan) but as Perez said, Miley is MUCH far from being a train wreck. I mean she has movies lined up for her FOR DAYS and a new Tour coming up. So obviously, Miss Cyrus isn't finished just yet.

  34. 34

    I agree with the idea that we don't all know what it's like. But there are celebrity families who keep their stuff together.
    Let's be honest people…more than likely, (I am hoping I am not being too mean) the timeline will go like this.
    2011 - Magazine Article, "Destroyed my family"
    2012 - Book…"How Hannah Montana Killed my family"
    2013 - Movie, based on ""
    2021 - Ten years later , how we have coped.
    Billy….don't do a magazine spread. It makes it soooo likely that you are kind of doing this for money!

  35. 35

    Nobody here seems to understand that TISH probably holds all the power. She probably is the one that wears the pants in that family. Most of you must not be married or have kids.

  36. 36

    The LOVE of money… Need I say more?

    YO, BILLY: Move your family out of Whoreywood and never return. Hmm…let's see if you'll do it, and for how long… I wanna see action after this!

  37. 37

    I believe that he's regretting his greed and what it's done to his daughter. Michael Lohan is a complete psycho. Billy Ray is not. He's a human who's made some huge mistakes. I hope he will not really man/father up and move his ass outta Whoreywood and show his daughter that he's not an effing hypocrite, any more.

  38. 38

    And I'm guessing that the fear of losing his wife, too, has shaken him up. His world is turning upside down. SAVE YOUR OTHER DAUGHTER, too, Billy, and what's left of your marriage. Leave the cesspool that is Hollywood in the dust. Almost NOTHING GOOD comes of that life.

  39. 39

    LOL I bet he did try to find a scapegoat, why did he continuously accept the paychecks then?

    He wasn't concerned then and he's not concerned now he just needs some more fame.

  40. 40

    For a guy who has only HIS best interest at heart … blame it on anyone else but yourself. Had you been a Father that CARED about your daughter instead of YOURSELF and USING her …..your family might still be together. As head of the family, you had an obligation to steer her with morals, respect, decency. BLame no one but YOURSELF for the dissolution of your marriage and family.

  41. 41

    Well I guess that's the price you pay when these celebrities pimp their children out rather than protecting them from the sharks in Hollywood. Maybe he should try working on his relationship with his daughter then and talking to her personally about it. It's not like she's a minor anymore though so who knows how that will go…hard to tell a bratty 18 yr old what to do. But I agree calling her an Anna Nicole Smith is pretty harsh - surely he must have more hope than that for his daughter? I mean she's not that far gone! Well, he doesn't sound like the sharpest tool in the shed.

  42. 42

    I have met him and he lived in the same community I did when I was in HS. Billy Ray was a stand up guy. I can completely see how this destroyed his life and family. This is the first thing I have read that truly makes sense from him in a long time!

  43. JoeyG says – reply to this


    Who's Father Trump?

  44. 44

    Re: MsJules – He's still gettting paid for Hannah Montana. Just because filming is complete doesn't mean he isn't; as long as HM is on the air - which it will be for a very long time, he'll get "the paper".

  45. 45

    What an idiot.

  46. 46

    Poor Guy, it's not too late you should help Miley! she is just a teen she need her dad!

  47. 47

    Uhhh its not disneys fault its mileys.Really? I saw her THS disney did not want the bitch……But she insisted on being cast so she need to STFU!!

  48. 48

    Disgusting. He's collected his money and now all of a sudden he hates Disney? Why, did Miley stop filtering all her money through him? He USED his daughter for money, he pushed her into the industry. If he was a good father at all he would have put his foot down and said NO. It's just sad how bad a Dad is…I mean, his daughter wants to have her 18th bday at a 21 and up club so he just doesn't go? What a terrible role model…He is her father and if he hated it so much he should of said something! What white trash…and comparing your daughter to someone who commited suicide? I think he'll be printing a retraction soon, if my dad compared me to someone who commited suicide I think I might just die myself!

  49. 49

    I love how he absolves himself of all responsibility in her behavior, upbringing, etc. . . For once I agree with Perez, PARENT TRUMPS HANDLERS. You did it to yourself billy ray.

  50. 50

    i just read the whole interview, and i really feel bad for him…before the bong situation blew up and he asked what was happening, miley's managers told him it was "none of his business". that's so rude and uncalled for.

  51. 51

    Perez, you're wrong when you say that Miley and Billy Ray have not spent any time together since the Salvia video came out: Miley spent most of her Christmas break from filming "So Undercover" in Tennessee with Billy and most of the rest of her family, including her mom. So, father and daughter had plenty of time to talk, just days after Billy gave that interview to GQ on December 15. In fact, Billy and Tish were photographed on two occasions out and about together in Franklin, TN, during the holidays, and Miley shot a video for her fans from inside Billy's Tennessee home that she put up on Youtube. If memory serves, you even put that video up here on your site.

  52. 52

    It's just amazing how most adults forget how they acted when they were teenagers. Billy Ray spend his entire teens and twenties in a drunken haze, yet Miley Cyrus has a single beer and single hit from a bong and Billy's talking to the press about her being a train wreck. What hypocrisy. I know a parent can get freaked out when teens act like teens, but Billy Ray is over-reacting. And in fact, this is probably a ploy on his part to gain advantage in his divorce.

  53. 53

    is he willing to give back the money-or now that she is 18 is that the "real problem" the money doesn't go thru his bank account first? He pimped out his slluutt for money because his career was belly-up-he created the monster that is Miley-just like Doina created the monster of Lindsay-same with Britney-and they spent the cash their little baby ho-bags made-it never seems to bother the stage parents until the 18th birthday and then the kid gets all the cash to themselves-then the sleezeballs "grow a conscious" they all get exactly what they deserve-BTW Miley -no one believes you Salvia claptrap-it is obvious you are trying to keep your uptight country fan base of mislead blind faith christian idiots-nice groveling

  54. 54

    So many of the people commenting her are absolute idiots. If you've got $120 million in the bank, like Miley has, you get an enormous tax break by buying two properties, which she did when she was 16. And, Billy Ray Cyrus has a fortune of $150 million, $30 million more than Miley, most of which he made before Miley was in show business. He has not been living off Miley's money, and in fact, he paid for the $6.7 million house Miley lived in for most of the last five years, paid for her very expensive education by private tutors and in general paid for everything in her life while her money was being socked away in a bank account that Billy had no control over. People can be so ignorant, but what's worse is that they talk without knowing the facts.

  55. 55

    He had a better idea than other child stars what showbiz does. He wasn't a good father to Miley… she is an ugly person on the inside.

  56. 56

    Billy is obviously playing this up for his own benefit in the divorce court, trying to make his wife look like the bad guy. Take the Trousdale birthday party. He emphasizes that it is on "over 21" club, but fails to mention that Miley rented the club out on a Sunday night when the club is closed to the public. So, when her birthday party took place there, it wasn't an "over 21" club, it was a private party in a rented space. And you can bet with a District Attorney's office with as many fame-whores as the LA DA's office has, they would have been prosecuting the next day had there been anything illegal about that party.

  57. 57

    All I'm saying is read the actual article at gq.com

    He doesn't blame Disney. He doesn't say Satan is personally attacking his family in the way he was misquoted here. You can actually hear the sadness, and loss of hope in this interview. I'm glad I read it, and got the actual story.

  58. 58

    If people read the rest of the interview they'll see he goes on to say he didn't make a dime off his daughter by taking commissions or anything like that and that he did oppose things like the Pole Dancing bit but that people overruled him as he was not in charge, her handlers/mangers/agent/promoters were.

    Also, in his blaming Disney for "wrecking his family", he's referring to what Disney did to the Hannah Montana brand and took it from a wholesome family experience to pimping out Miley for $$$!


  59. 59

    what a pathetic little man.. 1st why would you talk to the press anyways.. i thought he was a bigger person than that! and it sounds as more as he's trying to make himself look better.. as in not the bad guy. as if there's an excuse to his parenting. she's barley turning into a teen.. many teens do what she did and more get over yourself… he has one thing right though.. maybe he should of stepped in more instead of standing in the background. and praising off his own fame.. maybe he didnt take any of her money but he did use her just to get famous again. and its not like he's a new born to fame. so he really has no reason to put all this crap out there.

  60. 60

    You are "supposed" to be thefather!
    The position carries responsibilities that you ignored!

  61. 61

    Wow wtf? So if he were to show up there he would look like he condoned that stuff.. ? the fact you didn't do anything about it made it look that way more don't you think? Yeah she's 18 but if it's a 21 year old club, then there should of been something that could have been done.. and don't bite the hand that feeds you by the way.. fame hurt your family more not to mention all of you, not Disney….-_-

  62. 62

    Uh, actually, you're WAY overestimating the power of parents. If anything, at her age, what your father says is the exact opposite of what you want to do, even just to spite them. He can't chain her to the kitchen sink, and make her act wholesome. People are who they are. And could you imagine what kind of rebellion she would start if he had forced her to quit? She's 18 now, anyway, so he can't do a thing. I think he could have tried a hell of a lot harder, but it's the glitz and the glam of show biz. So alluring! Except I feel like most normal people wouldn't be losing their panties that quickly as a celebrity. She takes her fame for granted, seeing as she's alienating all of her young fans, and she's not too talented.

  63. 63

    I can't tell you how many different times I have heard about Miley going to a club and getting wasted. You never hear about it because the people that see it at the people who work in clubs (although, why aren't the other club-go'ers saying anything?) and they have to keep quiet or they lose their job. The salvia incident wasn't out of the blue. She just got caught. I see her headed for disaster. Daddy's right on this one, in saying he's scared for her, but he should have definitely taken control. I'm sure it was extra hard and there was tons of pressure on him, and as human beings we all have the desire to please, but he's not new to fame and should have known better.

  64. @v@ says – reply to this


    He seems to be lacking perspective right now. Disney is the reason the whole works of them are set for life. Be grateful for the good stuff. There was plenty.
    Miley would have rebelled some, rich or poor. They grow away. That's what they do, plus I sincerely doubt that she's 'gone' or 'lost.' She regretted the salvia thing for real, and said so publicly. Over dramatic to write it all (plus her) off. She's better behaved than most kids, overall. If he only knew what other kids are up to. He has to have faith that the values he taught her will stand in good stead as she looks at things that happen around her and compares. That's where the victories will come; with maturity and seeing what's phony, and what's real; what matters, and what doesn't.

  65. @v@ says – reply to this


    It's her life now. All he and Trish can do is to try to stay connected when she's open to it, and to be there for her when she is. Staying connected will allow him and Trish to see if she's stumbling or doing well, and help them act accordingly.

  66. 66

    No, she's on a far worse plane cause she was sexualized and exploited much younger in the avenue of sex and drugs before lindsay and britney and look at what happened there. This father has a right to speak his ills and as any parent, you would expect a network like DISNEY to protect your daughter, not corrupt and destroy her. Like another one said, disney and cartoon channels are full of subliminal messaging about sex, you name it not to mention the fact that they are full of TRASH and spoiled little beasts these days.. nothing like the old time cartoons. It's not even safe to watch disney or cartoons these days.. they are GARBAGE, CRAP and ruin your children. TV is evil.

  67. 67

    These children get used to the pleasures of "feeling good" and use cheap and quick gratificational means to achieve these highs. If you do not lay a good groundwork and reiterate the importance of work, stability, and down to earth ways to achieve satisfaction through positive measures and goals, you will end up with crazed druggies, sex addicts, you name it. Self-control! There's none of that in hollywood. It's all about being used, abused, partying, and making money for everyone around you/controlling you. And forget if if you are a woman; in a mans world you are sexually exploited because the only use you are is of being dominated by a male and satisfying his desires through sexual imagery(photos-modeling, videos-movies, etc) and acts. Allowing yourself to be objectified for a man means a man will always be holding a more powerful and pedestal role in society; becoming sexually enticing to please a man; the world revolving around men and their demands for sex; strippers and call girls fill some of their needs. Eventually she'll rebel against her handlers as well like brit did when she gets the courage. Nothing but downhill from here. Women are nothing but second rate citizens still and are also brought into slave marriages in which their lives are also dominated by the most powerful element in the mix: the man.

  68. 68

    Do you think Billy Ray might be an alcoholic? Every alcoholic I've ever known blames everyone else in the world for their problems, except themselves!
    Billy Ray is the dad!!!! He should act like it!!! He sure liked picking up the paycheck, now didn't he?
    It's easy to be a permissive parent….
    It actually takes some effort to set rules and spend the time it takes to enforce them!!!! Not Disney's fault!!!!! Look in the mirror Billy Ray Jerk!

  69. 69

    Funny how Disney was all good and well when she was raking the millions in. If he doesn't like what she's doing, pull her out. God forbid she doesn't drag in yet another huge sum of money. If you go into the life of a celeb, you pay the consequences, you end up compromising your privacy…so get on with it. You have your money, don't shoot down the people who made you it.

  70. 70

    Billy-Ray’s right fame DID ruin that family. BUT he stood by and let it all happen. Probably the only reason he’s crying about it now is cause Miley’s 18 and he no longer has control of her, or should I say her money.