Billy Ray Cyrus: 'Hannah Montana destroyed my family'

Billy-Ray-Cyrus_240.jpg Image Credit: Dave Hogan/Getty ImagesIt’s a Disney story without a happy ending: In the latest issue of GQ, Billy Ray Cyrus says that the fourth and final season of Hannah Montana, the show that made his daughter Miley a superstar, was “a disaster.”

“I was going to work every single day knowing that my family had fallen apart, but yet I had to sit in front of that camera,” he tells the magazine. “The damn show destroyed my family. And I sit there and go, ‘Yeah, you know what? Some gave all.’ It is my motto, and guess what? I have to eat that one. I some-gave-all’d it all right. I some-gave-all’d it while everybody else was going to the bank. It’s all sad.”

As for his daughter, he says, “I’m scared for her. She’s got a lot of people around her that’s putting her in a great deal of danger. 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.”

“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…”

“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.”

In an odd addendum, he compares his daughter’s struggles in the spotlight to those of the late Kurt Cobain, with whom he had an unlikely friendship in the early ’90s: “He was one of those guys that became a friend to me that I never expected. We met at a venue one night and I was standing in the shadows, 1 a.m. in the morning, and he’s ‘Hey man, congratulations — you pissed the whole world off.’ We shook hands, and I said, ‘Thanks, man… I love what you all do.’” He says that the pair bonded over their young daughters, and that Cobain was one of the few not to ostracize him at an awards ceremony during his “Achy Breaky” days.
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In the end, says Cyrus, he would trade all his family’s success to regain their happiness: “I hate to say it, but yes, I do. Yeah. I’d take it back in a second,” Cyrus says. “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.”

The Disney Channel declined to comment on Billy Ray Cyrus’s quotes, and Miley Cyrus’s reps did not immediately respond to calls.

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  • Ms. Dipesto

    Billy Ray is comparing his daughter to Kurt Cobain?? Talk about apples and oranges!

    • AA

      Not sure how you came to that conclusion. Based on the article, Mr. Cobain had a daughter.

      • Eileen Schultz

        It says in the 6th paragraph “In an odd addendum, he compares his daughter’s struggles in the spotlight to those of the late Kurt Cobain, with whom he had an unlikely friendship in the early ’90s”

      • Oh

        No Billy Bob Ray Jo Dean Cyrus. You prostituted your daughter since your career was failing. And now you want to make money off your “tale of woe”. Not any pity or $ from me.

      • HaHa

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      • satchels

        I’d like to put some of the “blame” on the parents of kids who watch trash like “Hannah Montana” and proclaim the stars to be “role models” then proceed to be outraged when the stars grow up, and need to make a career for themselves by being adults..STOP having your kids use kid stars as role models, find people in your community that have values/traits/ etc you admire and get them to be the role models in your kids lives. Turn the TV off and parent your kids.
        Rant off

      • taffd

        dear haha, you are a prick if you enjoy someone else’s pain. No matter what the subject, it makes you the jerk

      • Garrapata Red

        Satchels makes a point, but put it in context. Disney is a machine, and in this genre, they perfected their TV formula a long time ago, all the way back to the Mouseketeers. It’s just recycled, from generation to generation, but it’s the same old suburban Fantasyland of Tween Angst with a credit card. Yes, the only way you can fight it is turning off your TV and introducing your kids to real people. Kudos to any parent who has that kind of strength and courage, because modern media is a brainwashing hurricane bent on squeezing every advertising dollar they can get.

      • frontgate

        Little Miley is just a slut.
        Plain and simple.

      • Art Vandelay

        Cobain’s daughter is named Frances Bean Cobain.

      • Lizzie Lohan

        I love Billy Ray, he is an amazing father, and LesbianFriends.net was amazing

      • Jane

        Well comsidering that frances was just a baby when kurt passed away. I don’t know how ‘AA’ came to “that” conclusion. Anyway before i read the comment, the first thing that came to mind is Billy compared Miley to Kurt. Ha HA HA!!! He should have compared her to lindsay lohan. Now they are in the same fame league.

      • Monte

        Read the last sentence of the 6th paragraph: “He says that the pair bonded over their young daughters.”

      • LM

        What a douchebag!

    • joblo

      it’s a similar path he sees, I think. And, when you look at what has happened to Lindsay Lohan it’s not too hard to see how it could be true. Scary, and I hope things change. The money and fame isn’t worth it, people.

      • Clownbutt

        Money and fame is totally worth it. I bet you wrote that from a cubicle. Keep on buzzing drone!

    • Shiny

      His beef should be with Disney for creating a false atmosphere of sunshiny kids while behind the scenes they don’t care how thin, high or sick the kids get so long as they work.

      They did it to Judy and haven’t stopped since. Nice to see a stage dad stepping up to say his kid in trouble instead of lying for them like other celebrimoms do.

      • Lala

        Oh please, Disney aren’t the ones who should be raising these children, that’s the parents’ job. Disney is just an employer. Do you ask your boss to tuck you in at night? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

      • Nelly

        Sorry but Lala but Disney has some of the fault. They put an insane amount of pressure in these kids. They want them to be perfect and they couldn’t care less if they are starving themselves to fit the image.

      • Doug

        Ok, what you all do not know is when a show is being worked, parents have no say so in most cases. It is in the contracts that the parents cannot dictate what the kids do. That is why the companies hire stage parents.

      • Dave

        Judy who? Judy Garland?
        That was MGM’s doing. Disney did not have live action movies until the 1950s

      • Mikey125

        Actually, my boss tucked me in last night and it was more than a little awkward. But I digress…Disney is somewhat to blame. The schedules these kids are on resemble nothing a normal child would experience. In addition, they have people who do everything for them (everything!) so that they can keep focused on the job at hand; the show. They and the other studios have cranked out more than a few messed up child stars. Ultimately, the parents have the right to say, “we’re done, no more” but I can’t recall that ever happening.

      • Tante Waileka

        Hanna Montana isn’t my type of viewing material, but it is not ‘trash’. It’s kid entertainment. AND the stars are not ‘thin’ either. As for Billy Ray, he and his family have made millions of dollars. He’s also a good musician, I happen to like ‘achy breaky’, it’s entertaining. As for Kurt, he’s dead, he either committed suicide or his alcoholic wife murdered him. We’ll never know. So Miley is just ‘being 18′… she’s breaking away from her parents, the typical scenario. We won’t know the truth of any of it until Miley is in her 30s. It’s sad that the family is split apart now, very sad. But life is a journey, not a destination, after all. Hopefully, they will all live long enough to come full circle back to a loving family again. … and that Miley won’t end up like Lindsay Lohan, or Judy Garland.

      • Lala

        That all doesn’t matter. Parents still need to teach their children right from wrong, that’s not Disney’s job. And if the child can’t handle the work, it’s the parents’ job (and right) to say “no more”.

      • nunya bidness

        Of COURSE Disney doesn’t care, that’s the parents’ job; Disney is just the employer. If the parents are unhappy with the conditions their child is working under, they are more than happy to take their child OUT of “the business” and let them grow up to be normal adults like the majority of the world.

      • LostInDixie

        Don’t blame the show, blame yourself and her mother. Being a parent is not an easy job, but you signed up for it long before you signed with Disney. Maybe IF you told her ‘no” when she misbehaved, then maybe she could have been a role model instead of an example of what not to be!

      • Bao

        he blamed Hannah Montana ? He should’ve blamed himself for bringing his daughter to Hollywood

      • laila

        Blaming Disney, ha. The parents signed the contract because they wanted the money. If the contract did not allow the parents control of their own child, then they shouldn’t have signed it. He’s crying now because Miley is 18, he can’t keep shaking the money tree. You abdicate responsibility and control of your child to a corporation, and then want to blame someone else. Just another pimp.

    • Lost4815162342

      Looks like Michael Lohan and Jon Gosselin will be going from the Douchebag Daddy Duo to a trio.

      • jnaturkach

        And!!That is why we have some laws that insist u be 18 yrs.old or older to work.

    • Denise Clark

      It is not billeys fult is eveyone eles fult they should not be in his buzzes. the news and the world sould not be in anyone buzzey thats there life.just because they have money the world sould stay out of peploes buzzey. billey hope you know god is no your side.and mileys too i will pray for you and your family.

      • Jeeze

        Ummmm, what?

      • John

        Hi Denise, Yes I would like to pay for an English class for you ASAP. Your rhetoric has given me an acute migraine. Better yet instead of praying for the family please pray that you will rebound from your Charlie Sheenesque paragraph. I am afraid however that you wrote this muck on purpose. The dumbing down of America continues…

      • Calvin

        Denise: I know that English as a third language is very difficult, but dang!

      • Eldon

        I’ve never witnessed someone slurring their speech in writing before. This is a first!

      • What?

        Denise: all I have to say to your comment is, “WHAT????”!

      • ChollyGee

        You’re kidding, right? Are there keys missing on your keyboard or something?

        Double-ewe-oh-double-ewe!!!

      • Annie

        Hee! Yall stay out of Denise’s buzzy!

      • surfdog11

        “billey hope you know god is no your side.” …and then we conclude that not every chromosome pairs up!

      • Mikey125

        I hope you brought enough of whatever it is you are smoking to share with the rest of the class Mister!

      • Steve

        Denise – you should be praying for an english lesson or two.

      • A

        Really? Without even thinking about it, after the first sentence I imagined the rest of this comment being spoken in the voice of a hillbilly.

      • Jean Genie

        Trying to sound “street”, Denise? Good grief.

      • Nathalie

        Where did you learn to spell? How embarrassing!

      • Menis SutNack

        Denise… do you have tourette syndrome? Just wondered about your use of words that do not make any sense.

        Also Billy Cyrus is a total douche who whored his daughter out to Disney when the US finally realized his music was sh!t.

        He blames himself, but really his daughter is a complete moron who will end up like Britney Spears or Lindsay Lohan in a few years unless she turns things around quick.

        side note… the video of her smoking salvia has got to be the most irritating thing I have ever watched. How anyone can stand to be around her on that stuff completely baffles me.

      • Stacey

        Easy there guys… do any of you KNOW Denise? In her defense, I taught a typing class to deaf and hearing impaired students, who were as equally as intelligent as the rest of us. They use their own version of “phonetics” to spell, given that they cant HEAR how things are pronounced. ASL (American Sign Language) is very interesting. You and I would say, “That bird is brown.” An ASL fluent hearing impaired or deaf person would sign, “Bird brown bird” while motioning toward said bird. give you comments tongue in cheek, and consider the possiblity that YOU are not the only ones who can read and type.

      • Stacey

        *Give and *your comments

      • Stacey

        PS (forgot to add) It is possible that Denise is deaf/deaf-mute/hearing impared. Not implying that she IS.

      • blanketjackson

        Denise. Please stop typing with your toes. I’ve told you. No more rice pudding for you. Even though it feels good against your toothless gums.

      • Rodger

        So sad when cousins marry…

      • MI

        man u made me laugh ….

      • INGo

        I have several friends with Asperger’s syndrome and/or disorder of written expression who write/type this way. Mocking and ridiculing people who don’t have an easy time with words isnt anything I would boast about. Karma does exist.

      • Jane

        Denise are you Billy Ray in disguise???

      • t-Ronious

        I know this is the internet, but all the people who just made fun of Denise’s comment should be ashamed.. is it any wonder bulling is such a problem for our youth…just take a look those comments.. I doubt they all came from 7th graders… YUCK!

      • Stacey

        I completely agree with INGo and t-Ronious. And when those of you who made such rude and disgusting remarks toward Denise, think twice before you punish your children for doing the same. The apple doesnt fall far, and you are a bunch of hipocrits. I feel sorry for you.

    • ef

      Read it again, Whoopi.

      • Kev

        Lighten-up, she’s praying.

      • Lost4815162342

        “Charlie Sheenesque paragraph” FTW

    • Frank Sausage

      I feel sorry for him. He should have prepared his daughter for what was coming. We’ve all seen this kind of thing before, and if Miley Cyrus doesn’t get control of her own life, she end up as just another strung-out drunkard has-been like Lindsey Lohan. There will always be people around celebrities telling them what they want to hear, but you always need true friends and parents who will tell you NEED to hear.

      I had a friend who wanted to run for public office. His employees who hoped one day to feed off of him said GO FOR IT. I said, “That’s a dumb idea.” Then, I told him why it was a dumb idea. He chose not to run for office.

    • hannah

      hello, mr. lohan

    • Joe

      It makes sense. People are people.

    • Monkeywrinkles

      But lets talk about Nicki Minaj’s boot-ay?!?!?! Can I get a twerk twerk bounce bounce clap clap?

    • Mustache Piotr

      You mean they’re both fruits?

  • Bobby F

    Is it just me or did anyone else not understand half of what he just said?

    • besimon

      Yeah – I didn’t get half of what he said: “he’s taken it” and “some-gave-all”. He came off sounding like an egotistical idiot. I feel sorry for Miley – how embarrassing.

      • jojo

        He did put things in a very odd way.

      • julia

        im so glad someone else didnt get what he was saying. i have a really bad cold and thought i couldnt understand it bc of the cold pills lol

      • commentor

        I thought he came off sounding like a hick.

      • NCX

        It’s so weird too because I would expect Billy Ray Cyrus to be so eloquent.

      • Droop

        Would you not say that a parent that sacrificed his family’s happiness for financial wealth gave all.

        They were children he realized he allowed fame, stardom, and money, to wreck his family.

        He’s remorseful.

      • Annie

        Some Gave All is a song he wrote about sacrifice, long time ago.

      • Brenda Barrett

        Per Annie’s comment, “Some Gave All is actually probably the best song BRC ever wrote/recorded.” It’s about veterans, and one of the lines is “All gave some/some gave all.”

    • Marily

      Daddy say whattt???

      • BLM

        Ugh, I hate when grown men call themselves “Daddy.” It’s creepy, (just like the whole Cyrus family).

      • Kat

        BLM, I’ll agree as far as sexual partners saying, “Who’s your daddy?” That IS creepy. However, when an actual father refers to himself as a daddy with respect to his children, I don’t see why that’s creepy. It’s particularly not creepy when twangy-accented guys say it – somehow it suonds more at-home in that kind of voice than a simple “dad.”

      • Hooch

        Maybe BLM meant that it’s creepy when men call themselves “Daddy”, and they are the father of a Grown Daughters… in which case I kind of agree. Otherwise, who exactly would it make sense to call themselves “Daddy” if not grown men ? Unless you mean no one should call themselves that and it’s something that only kids should say TO their Dads.

    • Taylor

      Yes. Very hard to read. Need a translator.

    • Tarc

      No, Billy ray… it was the fact that you’re a dumb as a box of rocks. Being her FATHER, YOU got to choose if Miley had a stripper pole at her 16th birthday. YOU were legally in charge of the child – not her ‘eople’, not her. You. YOU screwed up.

    • JJ

      It’s kind of messed up. “Some Gave All” is BRC’s ode to American servicemen who literally “gave all” for our freedom. I guess, in Billy’s eyes, pimping your daughter for Disney is the same as fighting a war.

    • mileys-box

      Sounds like daddy had a little too much of what Miley’s been smoking, and I’m not talking about wood either.

    • Jan

      This article is poorly excerpted from the real article in GQ. If you read the GQ article, it makes more sense.

  • Good morning

    I really can’t stand her and it’s easy to point a lot of fingers, but in the end…it’s just really sad.

  • JJ

    It’s sad to read the toll it’s taken on his family but the awareness and honesty he has will serve him and his daughter well. Keep speaking up Billy Ray, it WILL help. Don’t take the denial, enabling route that Dina Lohan takes.

    • SJ

      I could care less about him personally, but I think it’s at least a step in the right direction that he admits his faults. He recognizes the risks, and although it might be too late, at least he admits he had bad judgement in not parenting her better. I actually have a little bit of respect for him now. I imagine it’s pretty difficult to parent a child who becomes a world-wide star. Too many sad child fame stories.

  • Kelcie

    Why not take the blame yourself as a parent? Pretty sure he could’ve stepped in…

    • Ash

      He did take the blame. Did you read the article? He said he was too much a friend than a parent. He should have protected Miley etc. etc.

    • jules

      Did you read the article? That’s basically what he says.

      • Tarc

        Yeah, I read it. It starts with Cyrus blaming Hannah Montanna… In case your a little slow, that’s not blaming youself or taking responsibility.

    • Ellen

      It says ‘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. ‘

      • rip

        Billy Ray is not saying anything I haven’t seen in raising my own kids. I said the same things to my ex-wife. You got to be a parent first. In my case I tried to be a good parent and keep my kids safe but their mother wanted to be their friend.I didn’t try to run their lives just the basics no drugs,alcohol,cigs or boyfriends staying over night.I never punished them but they new and followed my rules while at my home on alternating weeks. That was fine for the first two years but when they turned 16 the were aware that judges let kids choose where they want to stay after 16 and gradually they spent more and more time at their mothers where their was no rules. What could I do to prevent it. Just like Billy Ray I tried my best but being a good parent today is very difficult.The laws that protect children from abuse have also created a vacuum in moral authority,parents no longer know what the appropriate response in a situation is.I could have tried to fight in court to have my ex-wife declared unfit but that would have only made things worse and I would have ended up with no relationship with my girls.If it’s difficult for an average Joe to protect his girls how can someone in his shoes cope with it all. All you can do is try to keep the lines of communication open and be there when they stumble.When they did the pole dancing thing and the camera was on him in the audience I must admit that I judged Billy Rae pretty harshly because I felt scandalized by her behaviour. Now after reading the article I sympathise more with his dilemma. I hope that things turn out better than they have for other kids who found fame at a young age.

      • Dr. Brothers

        rip: I need to see you immediately. In the meantime please stop pouring out your life on comments threads.

        That is all.

      • Robert

        Nice try “Dr.” but rip’s points are valid and well spoken. Here’s a suggestion for you, stop trying to control what other people say cause guess what – you have no control over it.

      • Mom

        Bobbert, have you finished my underwear?

  • MM

    I just keep remembering back to an article in People magazine several years ago now where he said that Miley would never have the same problems that a lot of other child stars do because she had parents that knew how to keep her grounded and how to say no to her. I hate to say that kharma is a b!tch, but she is – and she’ll come back and get you every time. I feel bad for him and his family – he doesn’t sound like a happy man – but I don’t think anyone in their right mind couldn’t have seen this coming.

    • Tante Waileka

      It’s not karmic payback, it’s just kids going through puberty. Pushing away from the parents, discovering the pleasures of sex (why do people try to pretend there’s no ‘pleasure’ in sex??) that only young bodies and hormonal responses can provide, learning one’s life lessons, falling on one’s face, rising up again, growing experientially. It’s just LIFE!!! L’Chaime!

  • stickittotheman

    Well, after every other Disney girl (Britney, Lohan, et. al.) went off the rails, I am surprised Billy Ray is surprised. Didn’t we all see this coming? I guess when the fame and cash start rolling in, you ignore the warning signs. I hope that family can heal itself.

    • Candy Rall

      Some of those Disney girls did ok. It all comes down to parenting You need to keep the parenting separate from their acting and business life. Raven Symone and Hillary Duff seem to have done alright, so did Christina even with the skimpy dressing she didn’t get into drugs and she’s still successful and I don’t see them in rehab. Just remember Hollywood life is just a microcosm of what happens in the real world.

      • Lala

        Exactly.

  • outside agitator

    Achy-Breaky Heart destroyed country music and the cheesecake cardboard cut-out of his daughter destroyed the entrance to our local Wal-Mart.

    • Mother Nature

      Really? We’re sans Cardboard Miley at the local Walmart entrance, yet it still sucks.

    • Chicago Mom

      Wait…you are blaming Miley for destroying the entrance to a Wal-Junk? I don’t like the girl, but c’mon.

    • F

      I suppose that is one instance where she did us a favor then. Those places are eyesores all on their own.

  • Jeny

    Ms. Dipesto, I met Billy Ray Cyrus back in the early 90′s, just before Achy Braky took off. Back when he was still playing small clubs and honky tonks. Let me tell you, I read that interview. That’s HIM. He is being heartfelt and sincere. I can feel his broken heart over what’s happened to his daughter and Tish. They’ve gone Hollywood…and he’s still Nashville. Its sad. Leave him alone. He’s got a lotta stuff on his plate and he doesn’t need pot shots from the likes of you, who’ve never even met him. I have. He’s a good man. He didn’t deserve the shot you took at him. Knock it off.

    • BLM

      So you met him once, 20 years ago? Then you must be able to verify everything in this article.

    • steve

      Im awarding you 15 scene points for stating that you knew billy ray before he was cool. You have now been bumped up to level 5 when it comes to street cred.

      • Cantu

        So who is going to bump your level up in street cred for the scathing burn you just applied here?

      • Lala

        Billy Ray isn’t, never was, and never will be cool.

    • holly

      Billy Ray pimped his family and would do it again in a heart beat for a buck, He sounds like sour grapes becauseHE is not the “handler” anymore. Wait to see his next kid will suffer as well. and he will drive the car until she is 18 as well

    • TC

      Billy Ray Cyrus is the one to blame here……and we will take as many shots as we want to,because he brought this on himself,pimping his daughter out like some sk*nky h& and now he`s upset because his life is in the (white) trash dumpster!!!

      • theurgic

        maybe a good place to start would have not allowed my daughter to have a 20yr old boyfriend!

  • Rolo Tomasi

    I can tell people are just going to come in here and make negative comments without reading the article. A few comments already show that. If they did read it, then those commenters need to work on their reading comprehension.

    • stark raving glad

      Yeah, I just skipped to this section so I could make negative comments about your momma. Yo momma’s teeth so yellow, she spits butter. Yo momma so fat, she jumped up in the air and got stuck. Yo momma so ugly, when she was born, the doctor slapped your grandma.

      • Rolo Tomasi

        Wilmer Valderrama, is that you?

  • Sacramento Wedding DJ

    Looks like ” The climb” results in a fall. Always sad and lonely in the end.

    • Jean Genie

      The higher they climb, the harder they fall. This story is the latest sad example.

  • Rolo Tomasi

    A rebeling teenager. Gee, that’s never happened before.

  • Jeny

    Who here is a parent and hasn’t made a mistake with their child(ren)?? And if you’re NOT a parent yet, I promise, you WILL make mistakes with your kids if you ever have them. NO parent is perfect….

    • Rolo Tomasi

      You got that right

    • Karate Pants

      This isn’t a parent who made a mistake, this is a parent who failed professionally then pimped out his young child over the course of many years with disastrous results.

      • Brock

        Amen to that karate pants. Sure, every parent makes mistakes, but c’mon. How many parents do you know who have done this much damage to their kids in such a short amount of time? She’s beyond saving now.

      • Lorie

        Exactly!

      • Jeeze

        When i pimp out my kids, I always make sure they spit and not swallow.

      • me

        He pumped her out, but good news is she’s legal now!!!

    • Mother Nature

      Completely agree, but we try to make mistakes while acting in our children’s best interests. I’m not certain that was always the case in the Cyrus household. How many people saw this coming years ago? How many people would have allowed it to go as far as it has, knowing their daughter is underage, on stripper poles, and dating men she’s not legally old enough to date? I’m glad he’s taking responsibility, but I fear it’s a bit too late.

      • Tante Waileka

        Oh for heavens sake! I saw that stripper pole sequence, and for one thing, at 16-17 Miley was hardly a kid anymore (my great-grannie was married at 14, like many farmer’s wives). She didn’t actually ‘dance the pole dance’ she performed a ‘stage presence’ which was choreographed. I don’t like it when women (even younger women) are treated like sex objects, but now that I’m in my 60s, I do seem to take a lot of inordinate pride at how sexy I was at 20, hmmm. As for Miley dating older guys, she’s been in the real world for years now, she’s hardly a ‘sheltered kid’. Let her be. Let her DADDY be. They are simply doing what we are all doing, living our way through our own lives, and they get to do it with money (never underestimate the value of a dollar).

      • Jane

        In your children’s best interest or in your pocket’s best interest?

    • Sarah

      I actually feel sorry for the guy, but could someone please explain “some got all” to me? Maybe I’m stupid here, but I don’t get it!

      • Anne M. McMichyeals

        it was ‘Some Gave All’ which was a title of one of his songs, which was about the veterans of war

  • Elizabeth

    Simple, two-letter word: NO

    NO – we won’t be doing the tour
    NO- we won’t be doing the magazine articles
    NO- we won’t be shooting the movie
    NO – you won’t date the 20-year old, you’re not legal

    • Karate Pants

      ^ This. ^

    • sunny

      amen elizabeth!
      will and jada smith, are you paying attention??

      • ckcgye

        AMEN Sunny!

      • Elizabeth

        true FREAKIN that Sunny! God I’m already sick of them all!

    • aleksa

      Exactly.

    • kev

      “No” is not that easy when you are in the world of contracts. Disney is a huge corporation and “No” will put a lot of people out of work as well. It’s not as easy as you think it is to “just say NO”. The world doesn’t work that way. Once you’ve signed a contract, you must fulfill it the best you can.
      Problem is, before you sign any contract, nobody ever knows what they are getting into. All they think of is the fame and money.

      • Eagander

        So which is more important to you, a contract or your child’s life and future?? How about just giving children a NORMAL childhood!

      • MasonT

        I don’t know about you, but teens mess up in my town and in my family. I did some majorly stupid things during this child/adult transition. Hollywood adds to the mix. It’s harder to ask her to be logical when she’s in charge of the purse strings. But if he feels he wasn’t a strong (enough) father, I doubt that Hollywood is mainly to blame. If he had to be on the road, making a living singing about his achy breaky heart every night, he probably would have been even less strong. I feel for them, but I wish he wouldn’t have done this in public.

    • SJ

      Elizabeth, I definitely agree. I think the lure of (second) fame probably outweighed his dedication to parenting with rules and guidelines. I have no idea what Billy Ray did for money in between his country career and Hannah Montana. Maybe he had enough money to live on. But I can imagine the kind of money Hannah got with the concert tours and merchandising (on just about every plastic product available) was hard to say no to. It’s sad though, since he’s not the real victim here, Miley is.

  • djclyde

    Give him some cheese with that whine…talk about a self fulfilling prophecy. To see that they are rich and unhappy, just breaks my achey breaky heart!

    • Tom

      I know. Many of us have the same issues, but they get to have them without worrying about money. It’s hard to listen to any complaints from a guy with a $300 haircut, driving a BMW.

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