Billy Ray Cyrus Apologizes for Bashing 'Hannah Montana'

Miley Cyrus' dad attempts to make amends with Disney and makes a dramatic confession: "I could have been a better dad"

Billy Ray Cyrus continues to try to mend fences, as he told Good Morning America's Robin Roberts that he was sorry for blaming Hannah Montana for his family's recent troubles.

"I love Hannah Montana," Miley Cyrus' dad said during Wednesday's interview. "I love Disney. I wouldn't change anything," 

Cyrus, 49, is singing quite the different tune these days, in comparison to what he said in December interview with GQ, when he lashed out against the Disney show that catapulted his daughter to fame. Now, he admits, it was his own personal issues that had him "surrounded in darkness" leading up to the tell-all. 

As for his daughter's reaction to his biting words, well, "It wasn't good," he says. 

Trying to explain where he was coming from, Cyrus said, "What I meant to say, and what I hope I said was … fame can be a dangerous animal," Cyrus, 49, said on Wednesday. "And it's a delicate thing. You know, when you get in this industry and …you strike so hard for that moment. But, fame is dangerous."

Since his original interview, Cyrus has called off his divorce from wife Tish, and the two are working to put their family back together.

As for his relationship with his kids, Cyrus (who's dad to Noah, 10, and Braison, 16, in addition to 18-year-old Miley) admits that he definitely has work to do.

"I did kind of approach being a dad as a friend," he said. "I was a great playmate. I mean, for teaching (my children) how to camp and build fires and ride motorcycles and four-wheelers, and horses, and all those fun kind of things. I was really good at that." 

In contrast, he says, "As far as sitting down and doing algebra and science, the homework, I wasn't very good at that. So I look back on it and think, 'You know what? Maybe, no doubt, I could have been a better dad.'" 

Going forward, Cyrus says he still wants "to be Miley's friend" and declares that he loves his daughter "more than life itself."

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