Billy Ray Cyrus: 'Hannah Montana' Show 'Destroyed My Family'

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Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus at the "Hannah Montana: The Movie" premiere in 2009. Credit: Kristian Dowling, Getty Images

"Best of Both Worlds" is the name of a concert film featuring Miley Cyrus and her TV alter ego, Hannah Montana, but it certainly isn't a phrase that describes father Billy Ray Cyrus' professional life or his personal life.

In fact, as Cyrus tells GQ, he has nothing but regrets about the "Hannah Montana" show, which catapulted Miley to stratospheric fame. "[I]t destroyed my family. I'll tell you right now -- the damn show destroyed my family," he tells the magazine.

He wants to make it clear that he wasn't cashing in on his teen daughter's fame.

"For the record," he says, "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."

In addition to admitting his regrets about "Hannah Montana," Cyrus is owning up to his parenting mistakes.

"How many interviews did I give and say, 'You know what's important between me and Miley is I try to be a friend to my kids'? I said it a lot. And sometimes I would even read other parents might say, 'You don't need to be a friend, you need to be a parent.' Well, I'm the first guy to say to them right now: You were right. I should have been a better parent," he tells GQ.

What do you think? Do you believe Billy Ray Cyrus is sincere, or do you think he put his family in this position and doesn't deserve any sympathy?

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