Miley Cyrus Tears Up Talking About Billy Ray Cyrus
Miley Cyrus is opening up about her childhood and how she differed from her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, when she was growing up. In a new TikTok series inspired by her latest single, “Used to Be Young,” Miley reflects on her past from her birth (November 23, 1992) to the present. While looking at the top 100 country songs of 1992, Miley recalls, “When I was born, my dad had the number 1 country song,” referring to “Achy Breaky Heart.” Miley, 30, then reflects on how she and her father differed in their approach to fame. “My dad grew up the opposite of me, so I think that’s where me and my dad’s relationship to fame and success is wildly different.”
Differences Between Father And Daughter
She said of her father, “Him feeling loved by a big audience impacted him emotionally more than it ever could me. When he feels special or important, it’s like healing a childhood wound. And I’ve always been made to feel like a star.” The Hannah Montana alum begins to tear up in the clip, admitting it makes her emotional. As Miley fans her teary eyes, she says, “Oh, it got me.”
Looking at a video of her 8-year-old self singing along with Billy Ray, 62, to “Southern Rain,” Miley adds, “I do have a lot of great memories singing music with my dad.” She remembers learning, absorbing, and watching back now how her “wheels” were turning from watching his voice and the way that he used his voice as an instrument. She says at the end of the clip, “I feel vocally, my dad was underappreciated.”
Miley’s TikTok comes shortly after she was her mom, Tish Cyrus’, maid of honor in her wedding to Prison Break star Dominic Purcell on August 19. Tish and Billy Ray were married for 28 years, during which they split up and filed for divorce three times, repeatedly reconciling until Tish’s final filing in April 2022. They share five children together: Brandi, 36, Trace, 34, Miley, Braison, 29, and Noah, 23. Noah and Braison were noticeably absent from the wedding. Billy Ray has since moved on as well with singer Firerose. The pair announced their engagement in November 2022.