Miley Cyrus Is 'Hurt and Angry' over Dad's Comments: Source

02/24/2011 at 06:00 PM EST

Miley Cyrus Angry over Billy Ray's Words
Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus
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Billy Ray Cyrus has been speaking out candidly about the toll that fame has taken on his family, especially daughter Miley Cyrus.

But the real source of Miley's pain has been her father's words, according to someone who knows the Cyrus clan.

"Miley is upset," the source tells PEOPLE in its new issue. "She's very hurt and angry."

So why did Billy Ray, 49, share his fears and regrets? One longtime pal believes he may have felt he had no other choice: "Maybe he can't get the message of how much they mean to him across, and this is the way to do it."



Billy Ray tells PEOPLE that he realizes his comments were "explosive and unintentionally so," but also that he's focused on mending his family.



So far, Miley, 18, has refused to comment on the current drama, but in its wake she has been spotted brunching with mom Tish, 43, and paying visits to a recording studio as well as with her So Undercover costar and love interest Josh Bowman.

A source who sees her often says Miley has "seemed stressed, though she tries to hide it behind a constant smile."

For more on Billy Ray’s regrets, his hopes to repair his family, and Miley's reaction, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

With reporting by EILEEN FINAN and PERNILLA CEDENHEIM



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