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Posted Fri, March 18, 2011 10:30am EDT

Billy Ray Cyrus: Miley Wasn't Drunk The Other Night & She's Really Upset You Think So!

Remember those falling-over pics of Miley out partying until 3am? Well her dad says she was totally sober — do you believe him?

Billy Ray Cyrus is going to bat for his 18-year-old daughter Miley Cyrus. The country star went on The View on March 18 to set the record straight about the state of his shaky marriage and Miley’s bad behavior. We showed you photos of Miley on March 12 at the Chateau Marmont hotel in LA and it sure looked like she needed friends to hold her up, but Billy says that’s not the case.

Billy says when he spoke to Miley about the photos she told him she was meeting with Dr. Luke, the famed songwriter who wrote her 2009 hit “Party In The U.S.A.”  — and she wasn’t even drinking that night.

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“Miley said ‘I had a meeting with Dr. Luke and his staff and we were all there at this restaurant and there were so many paparazzi that I couldn’t see. Daddy, they were flashing, so I held my hand up to block the flashes out of my eyes because I couldn’t take a step,” Billy says. “She said ‘It’s embarrassing, it hurts my feelings’ and she said. ‘Most importantly it was a lie, I wasn’t drinking. I wasn’t drunk. I was just trying to get to my car after a meeting.'”

Billy also said that his GQ interview was a mistake and compared it to “grocery shopping when you’re hungry.”

Billy went on to tell the world that he and his wife Tish Cyrus are NOT getting a divorce.

“I’ve dropped the divorce,” he said. “I want to put my family back together.”

This sounds great and we’re happy Billy is finally communicating in a better way with Miley. We just hope this means Miley will stop acting out!

— Chloe Melas