Who Is the Most Shameful Stage Parent?
Over the last 12 months, former tween role model Miley Cyrus was caught smoking salvia out of a bong and drinking beer at age 17, all while her parents filed for divorce.
But is her former show “Hannah Montana” really to blame for all of that?
Miley’s dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, thinks it is.
“['Hannah Montana'] destroyed my family,” the country singer told GQ in a recent interview. “I’ll tell you right now — the damn show destroyed my family.”
Um, really? The show that made his daughter a near billionaire and propelled her to stardom, not to mention resurrected his own singing and acting careers?
He says he’d take it all back if he could.
“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,” he told the mag.
Wouldn’t the family’s problems have something more to do with the stage parents who allowed her to appear in the Disney show to begin with?
Nope. According to Cyrus, “Hannah Montana” is to blame, along with a little help from the devil.
“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.”
And if you’re thinking — “Cyrus was perfectly happy to cash Disney’s checks while Miley was bringing them in,” he says you’re wrong.
“I’ve never made a dime off of Miley. You got a lot of people 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,” he says, adding that he was paid $12,000-$15,000 a week for his role on “Hannah Montana.”
Cyrus also admits that he’s “not the smartest man in the world,” and that he should have been more of a parent to his teenager when he was trying to be a friend. But if Miley winds up like Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson, or Anna Nicole Smith — which he says he fears — does he only have himself to blame?