Miley Cyrus‘ dad, Billy Ray, is interviewed in the new issue of GQ and normally I’d just make some kind of mullet joke here, but I gotta say it’s impossible to read the piece and not feel at least a little bad for the guy.
“It destroyed my family,” Billy Ray says of Hannah Montana, the Disney show that catapulted Miley to stardom. “I’ll tell you right now that damn show destroyed my family.” Billy Ray goes on to say that he was paid $12,000 a week for his role on the show, while Disney and his daughter made millions. Weirdly, he also claims that Hannah Montana would have never happened were it not for his relationhjip with avant-garde cult filmmaker David Lynch. Umm…ok.
So, you’re probably saying, “We’re supposed to feel bad for some hillbilly who only made a paltry 12 grand a week to help his daughter rise to super-stardom?” And yeah, sometimes the Billy Ray pity party gets out of hand, but the article mostly portrays a well-meaning dad being slowly pushed out of his daughter’s life. Billy Ray says Miley’s people used him as a scapegoat for every controversy, adding that he didn’t attend his daughter’s 18th birthday party because he felt he was only invited to soak up the blame. “They were having it in a bar. It was wrong. Once again all them people, they all wanted me to fly out so that when all the bad press came they could say, ‘Daddy endorsed this stuff…’”
I know what you’re thinking: It’s easy for dad to play the world’s smallest fiddle for himself when he goes to sleep every night on a big pile of Miley’s money. But Billy Ray maintains, “I’ve never made one commissioned dollar, or dime, from my daughter.” Which is impressive considering dude must spend six figures a year in high-end mullet maintenance, alone. Look, I feel bad for the dude, but his hair is still ridiculous.