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Hannah Montana destroyed my family, says Miley Cyrus’ dad

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Published: Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 12:24 [IST]

New York (ANI): Miley Cyrus"s father Billy Ray has blamed Disney's 'Hannah Montana' for his daughter"s issues. The country crooner, who is divorcing his wife, Tish, angrily said, "the damn show destroyed my family." Blaming publicists and her handlers, Cyrus said he wishes "Hannah Montana" never happened. "I hate to say it, but yes, I do. I'd take it back in a second," the New York Post quoted him as saying in GQ's March issue.

Reflecting on Miley's controversial moments - including seductive photos on the Internet, pole-dancing at the Teen Choice Awards, and posing for Vanity Fair draped in a sheet - Cyrus says he should have been more strict, and accuses her handlers for going too far to promote her, and then using him as the fall guy.

"Every time the train went off the track . . . her people, or as they say in today's news, her handlers, every time they'd put [the blame on] me . . . I took it because I'm her daddy . . . OK, nail me to the cross," her father said. "I'm scared for her. She's got a lot of people around her that's putting her in a great deal of danger. I want to get her sheltered from the storm," he added.

Talking about Miley's 18th birthday party at LA bar Trousdale, he says, "You know why I didn't go? Because they were having it in a bar. It was wrong. It was for 21 years old and up . . . all them people, they all wanted me to fly out so that then when all the bad press came they could say, Daddy endorsed this stuff. I started realizing I'm being used."

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