Billy Ray Cyrus Dishes On His Relationship With Miley: 'My Goal Was To Be Her Best Friend!' Is It A Mistake To Be Friends With Your Kid?

Fri, October 29, 2010 10:00am EDT by 4 Comments

Do you think parents should be BFFs with their children, like Billy Ray was with Miley, or should they be authoritative?

Even though she’s only 17 years old, Miley Cyrus frequently walks around in risqué outfits, dances sexually onstage and even makes out publicly with her boyfriend. However, this doesn’t bother her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus — he says he’s just glad he can be such good friends with his daughter. Did Billy Ray (who filed for divorce from Miley’s mom, Tish, this week) make a huge parenting mistake by trying to be her pal instead of her parent?

“My goal was always to be her best friend, the person who she wanted to talk to when the chips were down,” the 49-year-old father told TV Guide magazine during a Hannah Montana set visit that aired Oct. 26 (you can watch it below). “I wanted to be THAT friend that you can talk to as you go through the journeys of life.”

Miley said she’s appreciative of the space her dad has given her and is thankful she works daily alongside him.

“Our relationship has changed [over the course of the show], like every dad and daughter, but we haven’t separated. We haven’t distanced ourselves,” the Disney starlet said. “We’ve even gotten closer. I don’t have anything to hide. I’m with him every day. He trusts me more, I think, than most dads trust their daughters.”

Instead of being chummy with his young daughter, should Billy Ray have taken a firmer stance with Miley (who essentially runs the Cyrus household)? Should she be allowed to prance around showing off her breasts and dance sexually in public?

–Kirstin Benson

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meighan

Posted at 1:39 PM on November 26, 2010  

She can wear whatever she wants. It’s up to her parents if they want to castigate or reprimand her. But i personally believe that bher parents won’t stop HER BECAUSE THEY ARE CONSUMED WITH HER FAME.

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nicole

Posted at 6:01 PM on October 31, 2010  

In my opinion all this situation fo miley is really stressfull not to mention the fact that their parents are getting divorce and the mai thing she needs is somenoe who will be with her in good situations and also in bad ones ,

And in that case billy ray her father is excelent, BEING BF OF YPUR FATHER IS A MAGNIFICENT FILLING !
AND I AGRRE WHAT AMBER SAID!

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Amber

Posted at 5:11 AM on October 30, 2010  

How condescending can you guys get… Seriously, do you even have kids. Were you not ever 17. First of all, many and I mean most teenage girls will be making out with their boyfriends in public regardless of how strict or lenient their parents are. Second, teen girls will wear what they want no matter how much you police their wardrobes at home. Have you never taken a change of clothes with you to wear after leaving in a parent approved outfit. I did that at 15, 16, 17, 18…. Miley just happens to not hide her decisions which no matter what you say is probably the more mature way to go about it then sneaking around your parents back.

As far as being friends with your kids go, I have to say that yes there needs to be some discipline but if you do not have an open relationship with them they won’t feel like they can talk to you and THAT is how kids get into trouble. Suicide, drugs, bullying, sex, pregnancies; all things a teen can have going on in their lives that YOU will never know about because apparently you would rather scare your children into obedience then talk to them about it and help them navigate the teen world. Being a teen nowadays I can imagine is significantly more stressful then when you or even I was a teen. Kids are cruel, the digital world can be evasive, and not to mention expectations by adults who want their version of what a teen should be.

Take the stick out of your ass and leave the Cyrus clan alone. I would like to see you all raise your kids in the media where every move you and they make is publicized for all to criticize.

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nicole

Posted at 5:58 PM on October 31, 2010  

I think the same that

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