Asked about Miley’s start on Disney’s Hannah Montana, Billy Ray vents, “[it] destroyed my family… the damn show destroyed my family… It’s all sad.”
“I’d take it back in a second,” adds the singer, who split from Miley’s mom Tish last year. “For my family to be here and just everybody be 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.”
Though Billy Ray once famously claimed to be Miley’s friend above her father, he now admits that was a mistake.
“I should have been a better parent. I should have said, ‘Enough is enough – it’s getting dangerous and somebody’s going to get hurt.’ I should have, but I didn’t… Honestly, I didn’t know the ball was out of bounds until it was way up in the stands somewhere.”
Making references to the tragically short lives of stars like Kurt Cobain, Anna Nicole Smith and Michael Jackson, Billy Ray says he is still very concerned for his daughter.
“I’m scared for [Miley]. She’s got a lot of people around her that’s putting her in a great deal of danger. I know she’s 18, but I still feel like as her daddy I’d like to try to help. At least get her out of danger. I want to get her sheltered from the storm. Stop the insanity just for a minute.”