Wednesday 7 December 2016

Hannah Montana 'destroyed Cyruses'

Published 15/02/2011 | 19:12

Miley Cyrus arriving at this week's Grammys (AP)
Miley Cyrus arriving at this week's Grammys (AP)
Billy Ray Cyrus with his daughter Miley

Billy Ray Cyrus has claimed that the Hannah Montana TV show destroyed his family, caused his divorce and sent daughter Miley Cyrus spinning out of control.

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In an interview carried out in December but being published in GQ Magazine this month, Billy Ray said he wishes the show that launched his daughter to pop stardom had never happened.

"I hate to say it, but yes, I do. Yeah. I'd take it back in a second," he said. "For my family to be here and just be everybody 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."

Billy Ray and his wife Tish filed for divorce in October.

He said that when he asked about the rumoured video footage of his daughter smoking from a bong at her 18th birthday party in December, he was told "it was none of my business". He initially refused to attend the party, saying "it was wrong" to have it in a bar.

He told the magazine that he is scared for his daughter, and compared her current path to those of other stars whose lives ended tragically including Kurt Cobain, Anna Nicole Smith and Michael Jackson.

He said the Cyruses and their six children were all baptised before leaving Tennessee for Los Angeles to inure themselves against evil, but he believes Satan is attacking his family.

"It's the way it is," Billy Ray said. "There has always been a battle between good and evil. Always will be. You think, 'This is a chance to make family entertainment, bring families together...' and look what it's turned into."

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