Billy Ray Cyrus talked openly with the Today show about daughter, Miley, and the negative reactions to the photos in the June issue of Vanity Fair.
Miley’s dad had this to say, “I didn’t know they were going to strip her down and wrap her in a blanket,” Cyrus told show anchor Meredith Vieira. As for the nearly topless shot of his daughter, he said, “I was surprised when I saw it … but, hey, that’s life. Stuff happens.”
On all the negativity surrounding the photos, Cyrus didn’t think to complain. “I didn’t,” he told Vieira, ” ’cause my dad always said, ‘The more you stomp in poop, the more it stinks.’ ”
Cyrus’ reaction to the scandal was, “Okay, this happened. We gotta deal with it.”
Billy wasn’t able to prevent the topless appearing photo from being used and said, “I didn’t have any choice,” he said. “I had a show to do, and an obligation, to go to Washington state … playing for the troops just back from Iraq.”
One photo from the shoot showed Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus in a pose that some could see as more of a boyfriend/girlfriend type photo. Cyrus laughed and said, “That’s just a daddy who loves his daughter a whole lot,” he said.
“I’m sorry if I offended somebody. That’s just a daddy who loves his daughter a whole lot,” Cyrus told Viera. “Miley and I just got caught up in this adventure of this dream and what we do for a living and, again, we both love acting, we love making music, and we love each other. I’m her dad, she’s my daughter. If a daddy hasn’t hugged his daughter recently, I recommend he does.”
View the television interview here.