Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.
Cyrus stated that when her father experiences feelings of significance or value, it’s akin to addressing a wound from his childhood. On the other hand, she has consistently been treated in a manner that fosters a sense of stardom.
From the moment Miley Cyrus came into the world, a connection to fame seemed innate, largely due to her father, Billy Ray Cyrus. In her recent Hulu special titled “Endless Summer Vacation: Continued (Backyard Sessions),” the pop icon candidly discusses her upbringing alongside her immensely famous country star father, shedding light on the contrasting ways they have approached the concept of celebrity.
Recalling her entry into the world, Miley, aged 30, shared that her father’s breakthrough single “Achy Breaky Heart” was reigning at the top of the country charts. It’s evident that her own musical journey has since yielded numerous chart-topping hits.
Cyrus further elaborated, expressing, “Observing the figures, I perceive the individuals deriving enjoyment from the music, and I view people as more than mere statistics. A numerical value does not alter my identity.”
She went on to describe her upbringing under the care of her father Billy Ray, now 62, and his former spouse Tish, especially after Billy Ray’s initial encounter with fame. This upbringing starkly contrasted with his own childhood experiences, resulting in a life distinct from what he had known before.
“Diverging from my own upbringing, my dad’s childhood was a complete contrast. While I was brought up on a studio set, surrounded by a closely-knit family residing under one roof, and had the privilege of both financial and emotional stability in my relationships,” Miley shared, “my dad’s background lacked those aspects.”
Observing those around her transition from scarcity to abundance, the Grammy-nominated artist described this phenomenon, reminiscent of Billy Ray’s own life, as an “extremely precarious state.”
In the Hulu special, Miley remarked, “I believe this is where the stark contrast between my father’s and my perspectives on fame and success emerges. The emotional impact of being embraced by a large audience affected him in ways it could never affect me. For him, the feeling of being cherished or significant is akin to finding solace for an unresolved childhood trauma, whereas I’ve always been nurtured with a sense of being a star. This distinction stirs deep emotions within me.”
Having accompanied her father on tour during her upbringing, Miley has collaborated with Billy Ray on numerous occasions throughout her career, lending their voices to tracks like “I Learned from You” and “Stand” in 2006, “Ready, Set, Don’t Go” in 2007, and “Butterfly Fly Away” in 2009.
Reflecting on her musical partnership with Billy Ray, she shared, “I have countless cherished memories of singing alongside my dad, absorbing his vocal techniques and observing his mastery of the craft. Undoubtedly, I feel that my father’s vocal prowess has not received the recognition it rightfully deserves.”