"Hannah Montana" destroyed family, Miley's dad says

LOS ANGELES Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:06pm EST

1 of 6. Miley Cyrus performs at the 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto June 20, 2010.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The father of teen star Miley Cyrus said the Disney TV show "Hannah Montana" that made her a worldwide star, in truth destroyed his family, and he blamed it for sending his daughter out of control.

Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus said he was scared for 18 year-old Miley after a series of scandals including an infamous video last year which showed her getting high on the psychedelic herb salvia.

And he said he wished that "Hannah Montana" had never happened.

"The damn show destroyed my family," Cyrus told GQ magazine in an interview for its March edition. "I'd take it back in a second. For my family to be here and just everybody be 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."

Cyrus, 49, played father to his daughter on "Hannah Montana" -- a wholesome Disney Channel show about a normal teenager by day but a singing star at night -- that launched Miley Cyrus as a teen idol and top-selling recording artist.

"Hannah Montana" launched in 2006 and ended after four seasons in January 2011.

Last October, the "Achy Breaky Heart" singer filed for divorce from his wife Tish after a 17-year marriage.

Cyrus compared his daughter's current situation to celebrities like Kurt Cobain, Anna Nicole Smith and Michael Jackson, who all died in tragic circumstances.

"I'm scared for her," Cyrus said of 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. Take care of her just a little bit, to at least get her out of danger.

"I want to get her sheltered from the storm. Stop the insanity for a minute. When you go through what she's been through, it takes a beating on you," he said.

Cyrus carried out the GQ interview in December, shortly after home video of Miley Cyrus hit the Internet smoking the hallucinogenic herb salvia at a private party with friends just days after her 18th birthday.

The herb is not illegal in California, but the images of Miley Cyrus giggling about tripping capped a year in which she has thrown aside her once squeaky-clean image with raunchy pop videos and scantily-clad live performances.

Miley Cyrus last week expressed regret over the salvia incident, saying she had made a mistake and had disappointed her mostly young fans. She is due to host TV sketch show "Saturday Night Live" for the first time next month.

Billy Ray Cyrus, best known for his 1990s country music albums, said he wished he had been a better parent to Miley and disciplined her more, rather than wanting to be her friend.

"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 said.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

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Comments (6)
trmjraz wrote:
Isn’t it funny how Billy Ray Cyrus was alright with his daughter’s fame until all of a sudden his fame ended, and now it’s horrible?

Feb 15, 2011 7:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
IamWhoIam wrote:
Well, duh. What did he expect? Hollywood is littered with the ruins of former child stars who have self-destructed. Did he even consider that? No-oooooo. He was too excited to revive his one-hit-wonder career and rake in the bucks.

Feb 15, 2011 8:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
It’s as though Billy Ray isn’t familiar with the entertainment industry. He isn’t some poor parent who was enticed by the glitz and glamor of Hollywood agents and didn’t realize what it could do to his daughter. He allowed it to happen and has no one to blame but himself for the distruction that her career has wrought.

Feb 15, 2011 11:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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