Reality check: Hannah Montana's dad on Hollywood and Satan

In this interview with GQ, Billy Ray Cyrus talks at length — and with candor — about some of the bad choices he made, and their impact on his family (particularly his famous daughter Miley) and their faith:

“Somewhere along this journey,” he says, “both mine and Miley’s faith has been shaken. That saddens me the most.” When they first came to Hollywood for Hannah Montana, the two of them would drive down the freeway together to the studio each morning, and every day Miley would point out the sign that said


Just before moving out to Los Angeles, the whole family had been baptized together by their pastor at the People’s Church in Franklin, Tennessee. “It was (estranged wife) Tish’s idea,” he remembers. “She said, ‘We’re going to be under attack, and we have to be strong in our faith and we’re all going to be baptized…'” And there, driving to work each day in the City of Angels, was this sign. “A physical sign. It could have easily said ‘You will now be attacked by Satan.’ ‘Entering this industry, you are now on the highway to darkness…'”

Do you really see it in such clearly spiritual terms—that your family was under attack by Satan?

“I think we are right now. No doubt. There’s no doubt about it.”

And why is that happening?

“It’s the way it is. 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.”

Hannah Montana probably has brought a lot of families together—just not one…

“Yeah. I know. I know. I know.”

And do you see the show as a big part of what has made things not work in your family?

“Oh, it’s huge—it destroyed my family. I’ll tell you right now—the damn show destroyed my family. And I sit there and go, ‘Yeah, you know what? Some gave all.’ It is my motto, and guess what? I have to eat that one. I some-gave-all’d it all right. I some-gave-all’d it while everybody else was going to the bank. It’s all sad.”

Do you wish Hannah Montana had never happened?

“I hate to say it, but yes, I do. Yeah. I’d take it back 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.”

It’s a sobering, sad read.  You can check out the rest here.

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5 responses to “Reality check: Hannah Montana's dad on Hollywood and Satan”

  1. Unfortunately Cyrus is right to be sorry and to want to go back before the show. The sad story of destruction of lives that the entertainment industry leaves is so common; Linzy Lohan, Charlotte Church, Karen Carpenter, Elvis Presley, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Charlie Sheen, Michael Jackson and so many others that are either destroyed or outright killed by the evil empire that the American entertainment world has become, or perhaps always was. Satan is clearly the master of that world and he exacts his evil due on those on whom he bestows his temporary riches and “success”.

  2. This makes the request for prayers for Justin Bieber, which you posted about last Sunday, all the more urgent. And of course the Cyruses belong on the prayer list too.

  3. Don’t imagine Billy Ray is sad about the money that was earned by that show. There are some stars that manage just fine with all that show business and publicity etc. present. They handle the fame and fortune just fine, don’t turn to drugs, and other bad decisions, manage to have lives outside the job, Meryl Streep is one example. I know there are others. Putting the blame on Satan is one excuse I suppose, to explain the unfortunate events that happen to some “stars”, but I think each individual has to handle their own lives, and the good and bad that happens to them is, in many cases, under their control.

  4. What would you know about satan, pagansister? Nothing.

    When he’s already got you in his pocket, he leaves you alone.

  5. “What would you know about satan, pagansister? Nothing.” Jason

    Cute Jason. I don’t happen to believe there is such a creature. Sorry to disappoint. BTW, I’m in no one’s pocket. I know, he is leaving me alone. That’s funny. :o)

    IMO, the excuse that a mythical creation, no matter what name is given to it, causes folks to do bad things has never made sense to me. It is a lame excuse. That way a person doesn’t have to take responsibility for their own actions. Many religions teach that there is a satan, devil or evil twin, if you will, but that has never worked for me, even having been a Methodist for the first 17 years of my life. (many years ago). So what do I know about somthing I don’t believe in? Nothing, as it isn’t a part of my life.

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