Billy Ray Cyrus is fearful for his superstar daughter, Miley Cyrus, and blames her hit Disney series for ripping apart his family.
“I’m scared for her. She’s got a lot of people around her that’s putting her in a great deal of danger,” Billy Ray said in GQ’s March issue. “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 just for a minute. When you go through what she’s been through, it takes a beating on you.”
The singer/actor told the mag he was forced to bear the brunt of Miley’s mishaps.
“Every time something happened in Miley’s career, every time the train went off the track, if you will – Vanity Fair, pole-dancing, whatever scandal it was – her people, or as they say in today’s news, her handlers, every time they’d put me… ‘Somebody’s shooting at Miley! Put the old man up there!’ Well, I took it, because I’m her daddy, and that’s what daddies do. ‘Okay, nail me to the cross, I’ll take it,’” he continued. “All those people around, they used me every time. It became so obvious that, man, no matter what happens, they’re going to put you up there and let you take the bullet.”
Billy Ray claims his daughter’s long-running Disney show, “Hannah Montana,” which he also starred on, adversely affected the Cyrus family.
“I’ll tell you right now – the damn show destroyed my family,” he told the mag. “I should have been a better parent. 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 also claimed that he never profited off his daughter, telling the mag, “I’ve never made a dime off Miley. You got a lot of people [who] have made percentages off of her. I’m proud to say to this day I’ve never made one commissioned dollar, or dime, off of my daughter.”
Billy Ray went on to draw comparisons between Miley and fallen stars Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain and Anna Nicole Smith.
“That’s why I’m concerned about Miley. I think that [Kurt’s] world was just spinning so fast and he had so many people around him that didn’t help him. Like Anna Nicole Smith – you could see that train wreck coming,” he told the mag. “I was actually trying to reach out to Anna Nicole Smith, because I kept telling Tish and everybody around me, going, ‘This is a disaster.’ Michael Jackson – I was trying to reach out to Michael Jackson. I knew he had kids, and I was going to invite his kids down to a taping of ‘Hannah’ – I just felt it would be good for Michael. I don’t know why.
“I’m her daddy so maybe I’m a little sensitive to it,” he said when asked about the comparing his 18-year-old daughter to the late stars. “But now’s a real good time to make sure everything’s okay. An ounce of prevention’s worth a pound of cure.”