Billy Ray Cyrus has spoken out for the first time about daughter Miley Cyrusâ€™ provocative performance that included the teen singer dancing around a pole at the Teen Choice Awards earlier this month.
At the August 10 event, while singing her hit song, â€œParty In The USA,â€ Billy Rayâ€™s 16-year-old daughter jumped on top of an ice cream cart, pushed by her back up dancers. While performing the song, Miley crouched and danced next to a metal pole attached to the top of the cart, which attracted a host of criticisms across the Web.
When asked about headlines that suggested the teen got a little ahead of her age by dancing with the metal pole, Billy Ray â€” who Access Hollywood caught up with at the Hellmans/Facebook Feeding America Event in NYC on Thursday â€” said Miley remains focused on â€œentertaining.â€
â€œYou know what? I just think that Miley loves entertaining people,â€ Billy Ray said. â€œShe loves singing [and] songwriting.â€
And while some might have taken exception to Mileyâ€™s performance, her father encouraged her to block out the negative comments.
â€œI always tell her to love what youâ€™re doing and stay focused for the love of the art and not worry so much about opinion,â€ he added.
It’s worth noting that Billy’s youngest daughter, Noah, 9, is also acquainted with stripper poles.