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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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