Billy Ray Cyrus says he's 'mending' his family
After claiming that the "Hannah Montana" series "destroyed" his family, Billy Ray Cyrus says he's working on fixing his relationships.
"It is very important to me to work on mending my family right now," the singer/actor tells People magazine. "My family is the most important thing I have, and we are working together to make sure our future is stronger and healthier."
In a recent interview with GQ magazine, the 49-year-old said he'd take back his family's success from the Disney Channel series "in a second. 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."
"Season four, it was a disaster," he added about the final season of the show. "I was going to work every single day knowing that my family had fallen apart, but yet I had to sit in front of that camera. I look back and I go, How did I ever make it through that? I must be a better actor than I thought."
Now he tells People the comments he made during the interview were "explosive, and unintentionally so."
Months before the series ended in January, he filed for divorce from her mother Tish and moved from their Los Angeles home to his house in Tennessee, while Miley Cyrus raised controversy over an online video that shows her smoking the hallucinogenic herb salvia out of a bong as she continued to fend off criticism over her more mature image.
Cyrus, who is also a singer and is known for the 1992 country rock hit "Achy Breaky Heart, denies reports he exploited his daughter for profit.
"I've never made a dime off of Miley," he said. "I'm proud to say to this day I've never made one commissioned dollar, or dime, off of my daughter."