Miley Cyrus and her father Billy Ray Cyrus both have ill feelings toward the hit Disney Channel series “Hannah Montana.” In 2011, Billy Ray, who portrayed the pop star’s father in the four-season series, divulged to GQ magazine how the show nearly “destroyed” his family, while Miley, who took on the teen star, sang a similar tune during her recent interview with Marie Claire.
"I was told for so long what a girl is supposed to be from being on that show. I was made to look like someone that I wasn't, which probably caused some body dysmorphia because I had been made pretty every day for so long, and then when I wasn't on that show, it was like, Who the f--- am I?" the actress told the magazine.
“I’m this fragile little girl playing a 16-year-old in a wig and ton of makeup. It was like ‘Toddlers & Tiaras.’ I had f---ing flippers,” Cyrus, who is hosting the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 30, divulged. “From the time I was 11 it was, ‘You’re a pop star! That means you have to be blonde, and you have to have long hair, and you have to put on some glittery tight thing.”
But the chart-topping artist explained that she didn’t – and still doesn’t – want to conform to what others think is beautiful. “I'm probably never going to be the face of a traditional beauty company unless they want a weed-smoking, liberal-ass freak," she explained in the September issues of the magazine. "But my dream was never to sell lip gloss. My dream is to save the world."
Like his daughter, Billy Ray also publicly stated his hatred for "Hannah Montana" when he revealed to GQ magazine in 2011 how detrimental the show was for his family.
“I’ll tell you right now – the damn show destroyed my family,” the “Achy Breaky Heart” performer said, explaining that it was during the show’s fourth – and last – season that things really began falling apart at the seams.
“It was a disaster,” Cyrus’ father said, alluding to his marriage that began crumbling during the show’s final installment. Cyrus and his wife Leticia “Tish” Finley, whom he married in May 1967, had an extremely rocky relationship during the end of “Hannah Montana” – so troublesome that the couple even contemplated divorce. However, in July 2013 the duo revealed that had rekindled their romance after attending couples therapy.
Journalist Ken Baker revealed to E! News in July 2013 that Tish had partially blamed the strain on their marriage on the entertainment business. "She said marriage can be really hard, especially after 22 years of being in the entertainment business, and admitted they've had rough times. But they both realized they didn't want to be another statistic and want to make it work."