Miley's dad Billy Ray thinks she's a savvy girl
Billy Ray Cyrus is proud of how his daughter Miley Cyrus “shakes things up” professionally.
Miley, 20, put on a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in August that remains the focus of headlines worldwide.
Billy says Miley was personally invested in making the show a success and he is happy with the outcome.
“She’s a very smart young lady. She wanted to shake things up a little bit and mission accomplished,” the 52-year-old told Access Hollywood.
“She [did] a great deal of preparation and financial investment. All those bears and things she was going out of pocket for to make that stage great. She said she wanted people to be talking.”
The raucous show saw Miley twerk dancing with giant teddy bears while stripping down to a nude bikini, grinding against Robin Thicke and kissing him on the neck.
Billy admits his daughter’s raw sexuality makes him uncomfortable at times.
“She wanted to go from a teenage superstar to a young lady, she’s got a lot to say musically,” he said. “It’s hard for me at times, it’s still Miley. It’s still my little girl, it’s still my daughter.”
Miley recently split up with her former fiancé Liam Hemsworth, 23.
Billy claims she is dealing well with the heartbreak as she is putting all of her energy into her career.
“She’s focussed as I’ve ever seen her in her entire life… I heard my little girl say, ‘I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my life.’” Billy said.