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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Hannah Montana wrecked my family says Miley's dad

Billy Ray Cyrus says the Disney TV show Hannah Montana has destroyed his family, causing his divorce and sending daughter Miley Cyrus spinning out of control.

Cyrus said that he now wished the show that launched his daughter to pop stardom had never happened.

"I hate to say it, but yes, I do. Yeah. I'd take it back in a second," he said.

"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."

Cyrus and his wife Tish filed for divorce in October. They have three children together -- Miley is the oldest -- and two from Tish's previous marriage.

He said that when he asked about rumoured video footage of his daughter smoking from a bong at her 18th birthday party in December, he was told that it was none of his business.

Cyrus, a native of Kentucky, had his own success as a country singer beginning in the early 1990s with his huge hit Achy Breaky Heart.

He said he tried too hard to be a friend instead of a parent to his daughter.

"I should have said, 'Enough is enough -- it's getting dangerous and somebody's going to get hurt'," he said.

He said his entire family was baptised before leaving Tennessee for Los Angeles to protect themselves from evil, and he believes Satan is attacking his family.

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