Miley Cyrus' father, Billy Ray Cyrus, has been one of her most outspoken supporters in the aftermath of her raunchy MTV VMAs performance.
"I sent Miley a little note [after the performance," Billy Ray tells ET. "She was taking a lot of hits from a lot of different directions and something just told me to speak to her. I said, 'I'm proud of you because you knew you had to reinvent [yourself], coming out of this mammoth monster known as 'Hannah Montana.'"
Billy Ray says he would have liked to have been able to follow a similar transformation route for himself after he became known for his 1992 mega-hit. "Achy Breaky Heart."
He says he told Miley, "You can't count on somebody in a suit and a high rise in New York to tell you what the chemistry is for you as an artist. You have to figure that out yourself. Your daddy spent almost 20 years trying to find what that thing is to bring you out of the eclipse of a monster."
He tells ET, "Looking back on it, I kind of wish I would've thought of going on the [Country Music Awards] with a foam finger and twerked. It would've been a whole different ball game."
Now that's a scary thought.
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