Billy Ray Cyrus surprised Hollywood insiders and divorce attorneys in Pasadena when he announced on TV's The View last week that he had called off his divorce to estranged wife Tish Cyrus. The sudden change of heart from the country singers comes on the heels of hot infidelity rumors (hers), an explosive drug scandal (involving teen daughter and pop star Miley Cyrus) and a GQ interview wherein the star blamed Hannah Montana for destroying his marriage. So how did the showbiz family on the brink of breakup find their way back together?
Cyrus told Barbara Walters and company on The View last week that saving his family had become his top priority.
"I've dropped the divorce," Cyrus, 49, said. "I want to put my family back together... Things are the best they've ever been."
According to People magazine, Cyrus and daughter Miley went through a rough patch after his headline-making interview with GQ. A source close to the singer told People "Miley is upset. She is very hurt and angry."
But now the singer says he and his daughter are mending their relationship.
"I feel like I got my Miley back in a way," he added. "I feel like we are the daddy and daughter that we were before Hannah Montana happened."
He also told the ladies of the view while he doesn't believe a television show could ruin a family, he does still think that celebrity is one big slippery slope.
"I don't think Hannah Montana ruined my family... Now fame, fame is a different animal. You've got to be careful with that thing," he said.
Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus decided to call it quits last October after 17 years of marriage. Tabloids reported that Tish Cyrus was having an affair with Poison lead singer and reality star Brett Michaels A few months later, the surprising video featuring Miley smoking salvia out of a bong hit the Internet.