Billy Ray Cyrus, the country singer father of pop diva Miley Cyrus, has sent out some cryptic tweets and selective quotes since Miley’s controversial VMAs performance, but he’s finally set the record straight. On CNN, Billy Ray commented directly to Piers Morgan about how he thinks his daughter’s performance went and what it means for her career and her fans.
“She’s an artist. She’s real. Miley has been reinventing her sound; she’s evolving as an artist.” The 52-year-old “Achy Breaky Heart” singer explained. He has refused to allow the naysayers to sway him from his clear devotion to his daughter who has turned a 180 since her Hannah Montana days.
Billy says of her performance, “It became that moment of a singer/songwriter/entertainer finding that special moment. Sometimes controversy lies in that special moment.” He goes on to say that no one has ever become an icon for playing it safe and no one is remembered for just giving a nice performance — essentially channeling the whole “go big or go home” mantra.
As a father, many fans have been pleading with Billy Ray to step up to the plate and reel in the 20-year-old that they see as about to jump off the proverbial cliff, but he refuses. In fact, he even celebrates Miley’s crazy antics. “That’s the main thing for me as a dad to see my little girl doing what she loves,” Billy Ray says, “making the music she loves to make, hanging out with some incredibly talented producers, singers/songwriters, the musicians, the people that’s around her right now.” These comments are similar to the ones he made in her defense about her controversial video for the single “Wrecking Ball.”
We hope Billy Ray is keeping a close enough eye on his “little girl” to be able to say that honestly, because as we all know, it’s who you know in show business who can either float you to top or tear you down.