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Billy Ray Cyrus Says: Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Hannah Montana

Miley Cyrus in ConcertBilly Ray Cyrus tells GQ that Hannah Montana has destroyed his daughter and his family. When the Hannah Montana show was launched by Disney, Miley Cyrus was an icon of innocence. Since then, Miley Cyrus has worn bustiers to concerts, lap danced on video, had her (underage) birthday at a bar, and smoked from a bong on the internet. In the process, she’s lost a lot of fans who saw her as a role model for young girls.

Billy Ray Cyrus said he’s worried about his daughter “spiraling out of control”, likening her to celebrity trainwrecks like Anna Nicole Smith and Kurt Cobain.   Billy Ray Cyrus says he wishes he could go back in time and take back the choice to do the show. His words of warning could strike fear in the hearts of would-be stage mamas everywhere:

‘Asked if he wishes the show never happened, he says: “I hate to say it, but yes, I do. Yeah. I’d take it back in a second. 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.”‘

I have no doubt that Miley’s stint on Hannah Montana could have had irreparable effects on her family.  Becoming famous as a child is clearly dangerous business—history is littered with examples of child stars who had troubled adult lives. But I can imagine how they got into this mess. We all see the stars in our babies and kids, and having others see that too is extremely seductive. It must be tough to see the dark side when you’re being lured with the glitz, and especially if your child is into the limelight herself. I feel a little sorry for the Cyrus family. But I’m not sure that his fantasy of normal life with Miley is necessarily realistic. There’s the matter of Billy Ray Cyrus’ own fame and the havoc that can sometimes wreak on a family. Would he be willing to erase that all in a second if he could?

[via Hollywood Reporter]

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