Billy Ray Cyrus is no stranger to controversial teen stars. After a brief estrangement in 2011, the country singer, 52, has maintained his relationship with his most famous daughter, Miley Cyrus, as she has grown into a frank, scandal-courting young woman.
Now he has some words of advice for troubled teen sensation Justin Bieber, who was arrested on Jan. 23 in Miami for drag racing and a DUI. The "Achy Breaky Heart" crooner opened up to Access Hollywood about his suggestions for the "Boyfriend" singer, 19.
“I would say, first of all, hey, I’m sure he’s got lots of people talking to him right now. I would just invite him to come down and chill out with me, maybe in Tennessee," Cyrus said. "Let’s go up to the teepee, build a fire, step away and just, you know, maybe take a break for a little bit, just think about what’s important. Get back to life. … Build a fire, count the deer and the hawks and relax a little bit.”
The country singer, who starred alongside his daughter Miley Cyrus on Disney's Hannah Montana, claimed to be a big fan of the Biebs.
“He’s got a long life ahead of him, and I’d like to see him just kind of maybe, enjoy a little bit of what he’s got and focus back on the music,” Cyrus said. “He’s a great artist.”
Miley, 21, has also spoken out in support of Bieber's talents. Back in October, she told Rolling Stone about her concerns for her fellow former child star.
“He’s trying really hard,” she said. “People don’t take him seriously, but he really can play the drums, he really can play guitar, he really can sing. I just don’t want to see him f**k that up, to where people think he’s Vanilla Ice. I tell him that. Like, ‘You don’t want to become a joke. When you go out, don’t start shit. Don’t come in shirtless.’ But the thing is, I think boys are, like, seven years behind. So in his head, he’s really, like, 12.”