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Billy Ray Cyrus: 'I'm Scared' for Miley

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Country singer Billy Ray Cryus opens up in a new GQ interview about his daughter, former Disney star Miley Cyrus.

Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus

"I'm scared for her. She's got a lot of people around her... that's putting her in a great deal of danger," Cyrus tells GQ. "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."

In the long interview, Cyrus told reporter Chris Heath that he blames the Disney show "Hannah Montana" for the current trouble in his family, which includes his divorce from wife Tish, according to PopEater.com.

After TMZ obtained video of Miley smoking from a bong in December 2010, Billy Ray took to his Twitter, saying, "I had no idea. Just saw this stuff for the first time myself," and, "I'm so sad. There is much beyond my control right now." Billy Ray and Miley's mom, Tish, separated in late October 2010.

In the video, shot five days after Miley celebrated her 18th birthday, the teen star is shown experimenting with a bong at her Los Angeles home, but sources say she was not smoking marijuana.

"Okay, I'm about to lose it now," the starlet says after taking a hit from the bong. "I'm having a little bit of a trip right now."

Sources said the smoke inside the bong was a legal herb called salvia, which reportedly has psychedelic qualities.

Billy Ray says in the GQ interview that the biggest mistake he made was trying to be too much of a friend to Miley.

Momlogic wants to know -- Do you think it's possible to be friends with your child, and appropriately parent? If so, how do you do it?


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mfan February 15, 2011, 10:42 AM

I speculate that most issues that led to Billy Ray’s divorce could be smoothed over, and forgiven. However, it’s clear he has an opinion on what is good for Miley that is at odds with his wife, Miley, and even his oldest adopted son Trace. In most marriages, these differing opinions wouldn’t matter as much. But with Miley, those difference are painted on a huge canvas to be discussed by everyone. So, even if Billy Ray wanted to try to ignore his different ideas of what is best for his daughter, and just go along with it, that would be very difficult because everywhere he goes he has to field questions about it.

MommyLisa February 15, 2011, 12:57 PM

Billy Ray - DUH!!! What a dipshit.

Nancy February 15, 2011, 1:42 PM

Billy Ray……
HELLO!!???!!!???!!!??? Do live under a rock? As a parent….you CAN NOT be a friend until they are of legal age! Even then…it may be too soon!!! YOU and only YOU created this “monster”!! Now you have to deal with the consequences!!

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