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Tish Cyrus Allegedly Encouraged Ex Billy Ray to Star on ‘Hannah Montana’

Tish Cyrus Allegedly Encouraged Ex Billy Ray to Star on ‘Hannah Montana’

When it came to having Billy Ray Cyrus go and join his daughter Miley on Disney’s Hannah Montana, Tish Cyrus gets a tip of the cap. When he joined the show, Billy Ray became Robby Ray Stewart, who is the father of Miley Stewart. She happens to be a global pop star who is hanging out in Malibu.

The Hannah Montana series ran on Disney from 2006 to 2011. Tish, who is Billy Ray’s ex-wife, said that all of this activity was according to her plans.

“He had done ‘Achy Breaky [Heart]’ and nothing else was working,” Cyrus said on Wednesday in Alex Cooper’s Call Her Daddy podcast. “And then I brought Miley out to audition for Hannah and she had gotten it. One of the casting directors said a joke, like, ‘Ugh, too bad we can’t afford her real dad.’ And I said, ‘Oh, maybe you can.’”

Tish Cyrus Said Family Was Split Up Due To Work

Tish Cyrus said that the Cyrus family was living in Toronto, according to Entertainment Weekly. Billy Ray went to work on another TV series, which then split the family up. Tish said the back-and-forth between homes was “really hard” on the other kids, Brandi, Noah, Trace, and Braison. So, with Miley working on Hannah Montana, the family would have to move out to Los Angeles.

“I was already stressed about, ‘What are we gonna do?’ I couldn’t, as a mom, have half my kids in Tennessee and be out here with Miley,” Tish Cyrus said. “I was like, ‘I have to bring all the kids,’ and so that’s when I said to Billy Ray, you should come audition for the dad,” she said. “Because they love you and they’re really interested. Yes, it would be a pay cut but our family could be together.”

Billy Ray Cyrus Said Show ‘Destroyed’ His Family

Billy Ray has said in an interview with GQ in 2011 that Hannah Montana “destroyed” their family. Well, Tish was asked if that’s true. She said “absolutely not” and told Cooper, “I just think he was having a moment.”

Mom Tish had a reason to celebrate as Miley Cyrus picked up her first Grammy Award win at last week’s ceremony. Miley Cyrus took home two awards connected to her hit 2023 single Flowers in the Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance categories. As she stood on stage, Miley Cyrus thanked her “mommy, my sister, my love, [and] my main gays because look how good I look.”

Ever since her days on Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus has been working hard to change her image. She’s definitely a long, long way away from the Disney show’s image. Winning a Grammy Award now, though, gives her a level of credibility that she’s earned.

While Miley is soaring, she appears to be able to keep her different eras separate. Will her parents ever be able to see through their stuff and set it aside? It looks like the family remains a very important focal point for Tish. And this also goes for Billy Ray as well.

Hopefully, they can put their differences aside for the betterment of their kids. Going through a divorce is never easy. Add their kids to the equation and it becomes a troublesome time. Miley Cyrus, though, keeps on moving forward with her music career. She’s probably got a good plan put in place that will keep herself centered.

We will have to watch and see how Tish and Billy Ray handle their business going forward. They do have their separate lives, which provides them a chance to figure out things from their perspectives.