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Billy Ray blames Hannah Montana

I’m always amazed at those parents who push their kids into the celebrity lifestyle at wee ages and then are shocked when they turn to drugs and don’t know how to cope with “real” life while their family falls apart. 

Case in point? Bill Ray Cyrus.

According to good ole Billy Ray, his daughter’s hit television show Hannah Montana is to blame for the downfall of his family. In an interview with GQ, Cyrus laments that his divorce, his daughter’s recent drug use in the tabs and even the delay of his new album are somewhat centered around problems stemming from the show.

He goes on to tell GQ, “to set it straight, I want to tell you: I’ve never made a dime off of Miley. You got a lot of people have made percentages off of her. I’m proud to say to this day I’ve never made one commissioned dollar, or dime, off of my daughter.”

What are your thoughts? Is your heart achy-breaking for the Cyrus family, or do you reap what you sow? Sound off in the comments.

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  1. 40MomsClub

    February 17, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Billy Ray blames Hannah Montana… #news #celebs #40MC #cyrus

  2. Elizabeth

    February 17, 2011 at 10:28 am

    A different article, I don’t remember where I read it, had Billy Ray saying he screwed up by not acting as a parent. That he admitted to trying to be his daughter’s friend instead of a parent which caused part of the problem.

    I think it is a mix of things.

    Bily Ray could have not renewed the contract with Disney at some point. He was on the show too as a main character.

    Lots of 18 year olds who were raised strictly still get into drugs or make bad decisions.

    Yes being famous causes pressure, stress etc but lots of famous kids still turn out ok. Lots of famous families turned out ok – Paul Newman and his family for example.

    So no one thing or person is to blame in my opinion.

    • Jacqueline W.

      February 17, 2011 at 10:33 am

      Excellent points, Elizabeth. Things are rarely due to just one thing, right? I’m glad to hear that you read an article where he admitted parenting mistakes. It’s true, we all make them… :)

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