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For a Disney show that seemed to be all fun and games, Hannah Montana sure caused its share of "achy breaky hearts" in the Cyrus fam. In an interview with GQ magazine, Billy Ray Cyrus opens up about "the damn show (that) destroyed my family."
"I hate to say it, but yes, I do (wish Hannah Montana had never happened.) Yeah, I'd take it back in a second," says Billy Ray, who filed for divorce from wife Tish in October and says he's currently not on speaking terms with 18-year-old daughter Miley. "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."
Since the 49-year old singer/actor and Miley started the show in 2005, their personal lives have been plagued by scandal. "I should have been a better parent," he admits. "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."
Billy Ray makes it clear that he "never made a dime off of Miley," even though he was her manager. "You got a lot of people (who) have made percentages off of her. I'm proud to this day I've never made one commissioned dollar, or dime, off of my daughter."
Some of those making a living off of the teenage superstar's success are people Billy Ray refers to as her "handlers." "And some of these handlers are perhaps more interested in handling Miley's money than her safety and her career," he says sadly.
Billy Ray deeply regrets Miley's experimentation with drugs (upon receiving news of a video showing his daughter doing salvia bong hits, Billy Ray twittered that "there is much beyond my control right now") and some of her more risqué misadventures (a scantily clad Vanity Fair photo shoot, pole-dancing at the Teen Choice Awards, etc.) when she was still underage. "I want to get her sheltered from the storm. Stop the insanity for just a minute," he says. "When you go through what she's been through, it takes a beating on you."
Perhaps that's why the Tennessee native believes his family is under "(attack) by Satan." He says, "I think we are right now. No doubt. There's no doubt about it. It's the way it is. 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."
Hannah Montana's finale was last month, and now that the show's behind them, we sure hope Miley and Billy Ray can patch things up. From the sound of it, we're not sure how much more pain Billy Ray's achy heart can handle before it's permanently broken!
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