Who Is the Most Shameful Stage Parent?
Billy Ray Cyrus
Billy Ray Cyrus
Cyrus is trying to blame Miley's underage drinking and salvia smoking -- not to mention his other family problems -- on "Hannah Montana." What about the guy who signed the consent forms?
Michael Jackson -- and several of his siblings -- accused their manager/father of physical and emotional abuse meant to "discipline" them for success.
Lohan has been accused of using her daughters Lindsay and Ali to further her own show biz career -- and of exploiting Lindsay's troubles with drugs and alcohol.
Nobody loves to get on TV and talk about his daughter's troubles more than Lindsay Lohan's jailbird father. Nevertheless, they reportedly reconciled late last year.
Lynne Spears allowed 16-year-old Britney to sleep with Justin Timberlake -- and later, blabbed to the world that her daughter lost her virginity at age 14.
Jaid Barrymore allegedly partied with famous daughter Drew when she was a preteen, leading the child star into addiction.
Brooke Shields' mother Teri
Shields' mom was accused of pushing her gorgeous, underage daughter into doing several provocative movies ("Blue Lagoon") and ads (Calvin Klein jeans).
Jessica Simpson's manager/dad crossed the line with this infamous comment: "If you put her in a T-shirt or you put her in a bustier, she's sexy in both. She's got double D's! You can't cover those suckers up!"
But is "Hannah Montana" really to blame for all of that?
Miley's dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, thinks it is.
"['Hannah Montana'] destroyed my family," the country singer told GQ in a recent interview. "I'll tell you right now -- the damn show destroyed my family."
Um, really? The show that made his daughter a near billionaire and propelled her to stardom, not to mention resurrected his own singing and acting careers?
He says he'd take it all back if he could.
"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," he told the mag.
Wouldn't the family's problems have something more to do with the stage parents who allowed her to appear in the Disney show to begin with?
Nope. According to Cyrus, "Hannah Montana" is to blame, along with a little help from the devil.
"There has always been a battle between good and evil. Always will be. You think, 'This is a chance to make family entertainment, bring families together...' and look what it's turned into."
And if you're thinking -- "Cyrus was perfectly happy to pimp out Miley when he was making money off of her" -- he says you're wrong.
"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," he says, adding that he was paid $12,000-$15,000 a week for his role on "Hannah Montana."
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