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September 19th, 2013
10:11 PM ET

Billy Ray Cyrus on Miley Cyrus: "All of what everyone is calling controversy now...that's still my Miley"

Less than a month since an outrageously racy performance at the MTV Video Music Awards thrust Miley Cyrus back into the national spotlight, on Thursday evening Piers Morgan invited the 20-year-old pop star's father Billy Ray Cyrus to join him in studio for an exclusive interview.

Himself a multi-platinum selling recording artist, Cyrus shared his perspective on an August night that has kept people talking deep into September:

"I'm her daddy. I come for that school of as a singer/songwriter, as a musician, that it starts with a song. And it's that magic moment when a song finds the right artist, the right singer, and it becomes a synchronicity of that moment in time," Cyrus told the "Piers Morgan Live" host. "Miley harnessed into something very special. She's just Miley. She's an artist, she's real. I think that's what's happened over the years, Miley has been reinventing her sound. She's evolving as an artist herself. I think that it's all of what everyone is calling controversy now. That's still my Miley."

With his daughter's latest single "Wrecking Ball" having risen to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100, Cyrus addressed the mixed reviews that the 20-year-old regularly receives:

"Well, that's what music is supposed to do, is make you feel. That's what music is supposed to do, and you can either love it or hate it. That's everyone's right to do so, because it's art," he said, before referring back to his daughter's provocative VMA outfit and dance routine. "Miley again, you know, I think she could've went out and sang the song in a flannel shirt and a pair of jeans, and it would have still been just as strong. Would we have been here talking about it? No way."

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  1. vin

    why in the world would billy say anything negative about his daughter? He will be benefiting and riding her success for the rest of his life....that is his retirement.

    September 20, 2013 at 12:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. max

    its not toleance its jesus christ teaching not to judge that up to God to do, not us. that is what the pope is saying to us. He walked with women of the night and them who took the lives of others and help them to God.

    September 20, 2013 at 12:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Tony

    Without judging we can see that Miley is living a life that pleases the world. To Miley and Billy Ray, why would you want to gain the whole world to lose your soul? Please the world or please God?

    September 20, 2013 at 9:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. val

    I love her in new songs the wrecking ball in we cant stop

    September 23, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Al

    Think I'm gonna vomit over these stupid comments.
    Billy your an IDIOT if you think what she is doing is ok!!
    Miley your _ _ _ _ _ _ _ IDOT as well for putting that crap out there!
    She's not trying to find her way in She just wants to see how many times she can pop on ET and the internet.
    The whole thing is disgusting at the least. VMA get you _ _ _ _ together and stop this kind of crap from being on tv.

    September 26, 2013 at 11:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Terry

    Billy Ray is obvious in DEEP denial!

    September 27, 2013 at 11:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
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