Billy Ray Cyrus: I Called Off My Divorce

Billy Ray Cyrus Divorce Is Off, He Says
Billy Ray, Miley and Tish Cyrus
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updated 03/18/2011 at 10:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/17/2011 05:00PM

How do you mend an achy breaky heart? Billy Ray Cyrus says he's doing everything he can.

"I've dropped the divorce," Cyrus, 49, said during an interview on The View scheduled to air on Friday. "I want to put my family back together … Things are the best they've ever been."

"I feel like I got my Miley back in a way," he added during Thursday's taping. "I feel like we are the daddy and daughter that we were before Hannah Montana happened."





But the last few months have not been easy for Cyrus.

In October, he and wife Tish issued a joint statement announcing plans to end their 17-year marriage. A few months later, a startling video went viral of the couple's daughter, Miley, smoking natural herb salvia out of a bong.

Then, in an unguarded interview with GQ, he blamed Hannah Montana for "destroying my family," and said he felt Miley surrounded herself with people who put her "in a great deal of danger."

At the time, Billy Ray also told PEOPLE he was doing everything he could to find family unity again, saying in an exclusive statement, "It is very important to me to work on mending my family right now."

Even now, Cyrus still maintains his family would be in a better place if Miley didn't become a celebrity.

"I don't think Hannah Montana ruined my family ...," he said during the View taping Thursday. "Now fame, fame is a different animal. You've got to be careful with that thing."

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