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Now 20-years-old, and nearly three years removed from the final episodes of "Hannah Montana," the eldest birth-daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus is actively evolving.
"Miley is a very, very smart young lady. And reinventing her stuff, you know, it's that intangible you either find it or you don't," said the 52-year-old country musician. "Finding your sound, that's the intangible, that's the part that you can't buy. You either find it and you have it or you don't."
Joining Piers Morgan for a live interview Thursday evening, the father of the woman born Destiny Hope Cyrus offered his assessment of the reinvention to this point:
"Miley is smart enough to know that to come out of the shadows of Hannah Montana, it really takes something extremely drastic which when you go to that level, it creates passion, and passion is either love or hate," he said. "But there's no middle of the road for passion."
Admitting it's uncomfortable at times to watch his child express herself so publicly and openly, Cyrus shared mostly admiration and pride for the ways in which Miley Cyrus has approached her professional goals:
"For me to think how hard she's worked to get to this point and what a risk just the fact that she went and cut her hair off, that was huge, she could've stayed Hanna Montana forever and made a great living doing that. But she is more of an artist than that and she wanted to evolve and she had to take her time, let that evolution take place," explained the man behind the legendary hit song "Achy Breaky Heart." "She is very, very smart and she's had all of this thought out in advance."
As part of his "Piers Morgan Live" appearance, on Thursday Billy Ray Cyrus treated the host, and his viewers, to an in-studio performance of his song "Hope Is Just Ahead."
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