Billy Ray Cyrus: ‘I Never Made a Dime Off of Miley’

Miley Goes Wild
See all of Miley Cyrus' wildest on-stage outfits.
Miley's Many Tattoos
A guide to all of Miley's ink!
Miley's Cutest Looks
The teen queen's got it going on!
Billy Ray Cyrus has had enough of sitting in the back seat while the media and others criticize his children, family and the way he handles his business.

In a blistering interview in March’s GQ Magazine, the Cyrus family patriarch goes on the offensive about many of the recent Miley Cyrus scandals in recent years, and the allusion that many make that he’s a stage dad getting rich off of his kids. Billy Ray, who says he’s “not been able to have a voice” until now, retorts:

“For the record … 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.

Billy Ray lays a lot of the blame for Miley’s mishaps on her camp. He goes on:

“Every time something happened in Miley’s career, every time the train went off the track, if you will—Vanity Fair, pole-dancing, whatever scandal it was—her people, or as they say in today’s news, her handlers, every time they’d put me… ‘Somebody’s shooting at Miley! Put the old man up there!’ Well, I took it, because I’m her daddy, and that’s what daddies do. ‘Okay, nail me to the cross, I’ll take it.…All those people around, they used me every time. It became so obvious that, man, no matter what happens, they’re going to put you up there and let you take the bullet.”

Cyrus says he “started realizing I’m being used,” and has since tried to put an end to all of the outside influences calling the shots in his family.

For more of Billy Ray’s gripping interview, visit

Photo: Danielle Levitt/GQ