Billy Ray Cyrus in 2009

Billy Ray Cyrus in 2009

Billy Ray Cyrus hates Hannah Montana, not because it’s made to be tolerated only by tweenies, but because it ruined his marriage and is taking his daughter down that long, lonesome highway, as one might find in hillbilly lyrics.

“I’ll tell you right now — the damn show destroyed my family … it’s all sad,” Cyrus tells GQ and says daughter Miley doesn’t respond to his texts and he hasn’t seen hide nor hair of wife Tish since last year.

“For my family to be here and just be everybody okay, safe and sound and happy and normal, would have been fantastic.”
And it doesn’t just stop with the disintegration of his family.  Cyrus says that he always gets blamed for any negative press about Miley.

“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….’ ”

Cyrus says that he didn’t attend his daughter’s 18th birthday because it was to be held in a bar.  “It was for 21 years old and up. Once again all them people, they all wanted me to fly out so that then when all the bad press came they could say, ‘Daddy endorsed this stuff….’ I started realizing I’m being used. If I would have went out there I would have been right in the middle of all this stuff that’s going on right now with the bong. They’d be hanging it on my ass.”

A video from the birthday party went viral in December showing Miley smoking something (salvia?) from a bong and laugh-talking like a fool.

Cyrus says what may be obvious to everyone that “handlers are perhaps more interested in handling Miley’s money than her safety and her career…She’s got a lot of people around her that’s putting her in a great deal of danger.”

You don’t have to be her father to think he’s right.