Referring to daughter Miley Cyrus' wild antics -- including a bong-smoking video and an onstage pole dance at the Teen Choice Awards -- the "Achy Breaky Heart" singer told the mag he's "scared" she'll wind up like other flamed-out icons Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith and Kurt Cobain.
But an insider tells the new issue of Us Weekly (on stands now) that Billy Ray -- who appeared alongside his daughter on Disney Channel's Hannah Montana for five years -- "totally pushed Miley into being a star!"
Indeed, a second source tells Us that the Tennessee native's feelings stem more from jealousy than concern.
Billy Ray -- who's in the midst of a divorce with Tish Cyrus, his wife of 17 years -- told GQ that he never profited off his daughter's success, but a third insider scoffs at his claim. "Let's face it: Hannah Montana revived his career as much as it made Miley's," the insider tells Us.
For more details on how Billy Ray humiliated Miley -- and how she's now distancing herself from her father -- pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on stands now.