I don’t want my kids to be famous. No, I really don’t. It seems like where there’s fame, there is also trouble. Case in point: 18-year old Miley Cyrus’ dad, Billy Ray, opened up to GQ magazine this month, admitting to his parenting shortcomings and voicing his concerns over her future. It’s proof that hindsight is really 20/20.
He talks about how Miley’s fame in the Hannah Montana television show ruined his family, and said “It’s all sad… I’d erase it all in a second if I could.”
When talking about Miley’s “handlers” (her people…managers publicist, etc.), you can feel the pain and angst in his words.
“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… 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.”
This is part of the reason that Billy Ray skipped Miley’s 18th birthday party – it was being held at a bar (21 years and older only) and he knew it was wrong holding her 18th birthday there.
“…they all wanted me to fly out so that then when all the bad press came they could say, ‘Daddy endorsed this stuff…’ I started realizing I’m being used. I had the common sense… I said, ‘This whole thing’s falling apart up there and they just want to blame all of this stuff on you again.’ I’m staying out of it.”
But the saddest part of the interview? When he talks about wanting to be “friends” with Miley instead of just being her father.
“How many interviews did I give and say, ‘You know what’s important between me and Miley is I try to be a friend to my kids’? I said it a lot. And sometimes I would even read other parents might say, ‘You don’t need to be a friend, you need to be a parent.’ Well, I’m the first guy to say to them right now: You were right. 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.”
So sad. Hopefully, he’ll be able to get through to Miley and help her understand how far off the track she’s really going.
If you want to read more of Billy Ray Cyrus’ interview, you can check it out at GQ.com.
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