Miley Cyrus Says She and Country Star Dad Billy Ray Cyrus have “completely different” relationships with fame and success.
“When I was born, my dad had the #1 country song,” Miley Cyrus said, referring to her dad’s 1992 breakout single, “Achy Breaky Heart,” which came out when he was already big was in adulthood. “When I see the numbers, I only see the people behind them enjoying the music, and I just see people in numbers.”
Miley Cyrus then emphasized that fame means more to her father given his upbringing.
“My father grew up unlike me,” she said. “So I think the relationship between me and my dad to fame and success is completely different. The feeling of being loved by a large audience touched him more emotionally than it ever could for me. Making him feel special or important is like healing a childhood wound. And I’ve always felt like a star.”
“It makes me emotional,” Miley Cyrus said before she burst into tears. “I think that’s the difference.”
Billy Ray Cyrus spoke about his childhoodD in a 2011 GQ profile. His father, who played in a gospel band, died of mesothelioma after working in a steel mill. The country crooner also said he felt a lot of shame growing up because he was a child of divorce in Kentucky in the 1960s and felt stigmatized at school when it was revealed he had half-siblings and step-siblings.
“There was always this outsiderness,” he told the magazine.
He had dreamed of becoming a catcher for the Cincinnati Reds, but during a Neil Diamond concert he had a spiritual awakening and said God told him to buy a guitar. He struggled in Nashville for a decade and almost gave up music entirely before “Achy Breaky Heart” became a hit.
Miley Cyrus expressed her admiration for her dad’s talents on her TikTok series when she watched an old video of him playing guitar and singing to her when she was a kid.
“I have to say I feel like my dad was underrated vocally,” Miley Cyrus said, praising her dad for teaching her how to use her whistles.
“I have a lot of great memories from singing music with my dad,” she added. “And I’m learning and absorbing, and I think I can see my wheels turning and observing his voice and the way he’s using the instrument.”