In a TV interview yesterday with Today show anchor Meredith Vieira, Billy Ray Cyrus commented for the first time on his 15-year-old daughter Miley’s semi-nude photo shoot for Vanity Fair.
“I didn’t know they were going to strip her down and wrap her in a blanket,” Cyrus said. “I was surprised when I saw it.”
He explained why he wasn’t present for the entire shoot: “I didn’t have any choice. I had a show to do, and an obligation, to go to Washington state. Looking back at it, if I could’ve stayed, I would have.”
He laughed off suggestions that some of the photos of him with Miley seemed more like a boyfriend and girlfriend rather than a father and daughter, saying, “I’m sorry if I offended somebody but that’s just a daddy that loves his daughter a whole lot. We both love acting, we love making music, and we love each other. I’m her dad and she’s my daughter. If a daddy hasn’t hugged his daughter recently, I recommend he does.”