Billy Ray Cyrus, country music star and father to young pop star Miley Cyrus, spoke to GQ magazine recently about his daughter’s recent stints in the tabloids, saying “I’m scared for her.” Not the most comforting words for Miley Cyrus to hear. Billy Ray seems convinced that Miley is surrounding herself with people who are putting in her in danger. He even went so far to say that the Disney show “Hannah Montana,” Miley Cyrus’ claim to fame, “destroyed my family.” Is this yet another case of a celebrity child rebelling from their celebrity parent’s wisdom?
Who could forget seeing adorable 6-year-old Drew Barrymore portray Gertie in the 1982 film “E.T.”? The film propelled her into Hollywood at an impressionable age and little Miss Barrymore grew up fast. Drew told People magazine that she began drinking at 9, then smoking marijuana at 10 years old and cocaine by age 12. She has been through drug rehab several times and seems to be on the straight and narrow these days.
Drew comes from a long line of famous actors, including her father, John Drew Barrymore, who also had a history of drug abuse and alcoholism. Drew’s mother, Jaid Barrymore, is also an actress and had to perform an intervention on her drugged daughter at the tender age of 13. Drew’s mother forced an inebriated Drew into a car and brought her to the hospital. Jaid tried to help her daughter, yet admitted she had no idea what was going on.
So far, Miley Cyrus has already been caught on camera smoking salvia from a bong and been seen in bars. Billy Ray Cyrus seems like he’s finally realizing that if he doesn’t speak up soon, he may be visiting Miley from rehab.
Kelly and Jack Osbourne
Children of the famous rock couple Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Kelly and Jack both have fallen prey to the pressure of the public eye and delved into drugs. People magazine reported that Kelly admitted to being under the influence since age 12 and Jack even harbored suicidal thoughts. After the filming of the MTV show “The Osbournes,” both Kelly and Jack were severely addicted and entered rehab. Unfortunately, Sharon admits to being in denial of their children’s drug usage, saying, “You always want to think it’s somebody else’s kids, not your own.” Both Ozzy and Sharon proved very supportive of their children’s road to recovery, but it was the family’s show that pushed both Jack and Kelly so deep into drug abuse.
Although Billy Ray Cyrus is now worried about the life his daughter is leading, it was the Disney show “Hannah Montana,” which Billy Ray also starred in, that has created the mega-stardom that Miley enjoys now. Perhaps Billy Ray should have thought of how such media attention would affect his daughter before signing up for the show.
Few can deny that Lionel Richie is one of the most successful American singers, with a long-lasting music career. When Lionel and wife Brenda Harvey adopted 2-year-old Nicole, no one thought this beautiful little girl would one day be sentenced to jail and probation for driving under the influence of drugs. Nicole Richie may only have spent 82 minutes in jail, according to CBS News, but she did complete her three-year probation. Lionel Richie did not play too heavy of a role in Nicole’s later life, but was supportive during her recovery.
Billy Ray Cyrus does seem to have a more active role in Miley’s life than Lionel did in Nicole’s. Voicing a concern, especially via the media, may not have been the most effective medium. Billy Ray has much to learn from famous parents Jaid Barrymore, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, and Lionel Richie. Miley Cyrus has yet to be caught with any hard drugs or arrested for intoxication, but if Billy Ray looks back at the examples of Drew Barrymore or Kelly Osbourne, he will try his best, as a father, to lead his daughter in the right path. Billy Ray may not be able to stop Miley anymore, but he can, and probably will, provide sound advice to her and guide her through the cut-throat world that is the entertainment business.
Heath, Chris, Mr. Hannah Montana’s Achy Broken Heart, GQ Magazine
Gold, Todd, The Secret Drew Barrymore, People Magazine
Silverman, Stephen, Kelly, Jack Osbourne Speak on Drug Battles, People Magazine
Judge Extends Nicole Richie’s DUI Probation, CBS News