Feb 15, 2011
Billy Ray told GQ: ‘I’ll tell you right now.. [‘Hannah Montana’] destroyed my family.’ ‘..For the record, to set it straight, I want to tell you: 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.’ ‘..Every time something happened in Miley’s career, every time the train went off the track, if you will, Vanity Fair, pole-dancing, whatever scandal it was, her people, or as they say in today’s news, her handlers,
..every time they’d put me.. ‘Somebody’s shooting at Miley! Put the old man up there!’ Well, I took it, because I’m her daddy, and that’s what daddies do. ‘Okay, nail me to the cross, I’ll take it..’ On her 18th birthday party:
‘You know why I didn’t go? Because they were having it in a bar. It was wrong. It was for 21 years old and up. Once again all them people, they all wanted me to fly out so that then when all the bad press came they could say, ‘Daddy endorsed this stuff..’ I started realizing I’m being used.
If I would have went out there I would have been right in the middle of all this stuff that’s going on right now with the bong. They’d be hanging it on my ass. I had the common sense.. I said, ‘This whole thing’s falling apart up there and they just want to blame all of this stuff on you again.’ I’m staying out of it.’
‘..I’m the first guy to say to them right now: You were right. I should have been a better parent. I should have said, ‘Enough is enough, it’s getting dangerous and somebody’s going to get hurt.’ I should have, but I didn’t. Honestly, I didn’t know the ball was out of bounds until it was way up in the stands somewhere.‘
‘But it’s different when you sit back and you see it happening to your little girl. I feel like I got to try. It’s my daughter. And some of these handlers are perhaps more interested in handling Miley’s money than her safety and her career.’