~2011~ Among the most startling revelations is an admission that "Hannah Montana" "destroyed" his family and his fear that 18-year-old Miley could possibly end up meeting the same tragic fate that befell controversial stars that came before her – namely, Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain and Anna Nicole Smith.
"Every time something happened in Miley's career, every time the train went off the track, if you will – Vanity Fair, pole-dancing, whatever scandal it was – her people, or as they say in today's news, her handlers, every time they'd put me ... 'Somebody's shooting at Miley! Put the old man up there!'" Billy Ray told the magazine about why he used to have such a strong public presence in his daughter's life.
"Well, I took it, because I'm her daddy, and that's what daddies do," he added. "'Okay, nail me to the cross, I'll take it … ' "
Now the 49-year-old father of six said he realized "they used me every time." And he eventually reached his breaking point, choosing not to attend the starlet's 18th birthday party last year.
"You know why I didn't go? Because they were having it in a bar," he explained. "It was wrong. It was for 21-years-old and up. Once again all them people, they all wanted me to fly out so that then when all the bad press came they could say, 'Daddy endorsed this stuff ... '"
So what does Miley have in common with Michael Jackson and Anna Nicole Smith? They were victims of the Monarch Program as well.