Billy Ray Cyrus Talks Miley Cyrus' Twerking & VMA Controversy: "That's Still My Miley"

Famous dad tells Piers Morgan that his daughter is just evolving as an artist

By Bruna Nessif Sep 20, 2013 2:52 AMTags
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Miley Cyrus may be the center of a lot of controversy (especially lately), but she's still Billy Ray Cyrus' little girl.

The pop star's dad appeared on Piers Morgan Tonight Thursday and discussed his thoughts on his daughter becoming the Twerking Queen, and that racy performance at the VMAs that caused a lot of buzz.

However, when Piers Morgan first brought up the issue—adding that, as a father, he wouldn't be too pleased if his daughter "turned to twerking"—Billy Ray seemed to divert from the question a bit.

"It gets even stranger when that little girl becomes a young lady," he said, and mentioned that "the shock factor is tremendously higher than it used to be."

But what it came down to, in Billy Ray's eyes, is Miley stripping herself from her Hannah Montana image and evolving as an artist.

"I'm her daddy. I come for that school of as a singer-songwriter, as a musician, that it starts with a song. And it's that magic moment when a song finds the right artist, the right singer, and it becomes a synchronicity of that moment in time," Cyrus explained.

"Miley harnessed into something very special. She's just Miley. She's an artist, she's real. I think that's what's happened over the years, Miley has been reinventing her sound. She's evolving as an artist herself. I think that it's all of what everyone is calling controversy now. That's still my Miley."

As for that performance at the MTV VMAs, Cyrus simply stated, "Miley again, you know, I think she could've went out and sang the song in a flannel shirt and a pair of jeans, and it would have still been just as strong. Would we have been here talking about it? No way."