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Miley Cyrus’ dad Billy Ray has his say on her new image: “She's evolving as an artist”

Billy Ray Cyrus has spoken out about a controversial subject that he knows quite a bit about, his daughter Miley Cyrus.

Defending her new raunchier image, the country star told Piers Morgan on his CNN show that Miley has “simply been reinventing her sound”.

You don’t say. But that doesn’t explain the twerking, the tongue or sitting naked on a wrecking ball.

But hang on, he’s getting to that. Billy thinks that Miley’s antics seem shocking because we’ve known Miley since she was a clean cut teen Disney star and now she’s a woman.

“It gets even stranger when that little girl becomes a young lady. The shock factor is tremendously higher than it used to be.”

Continuing to defend his daughter like an good dad would, Billy added, “Miley harnessed into something very special. She's just Miley. She's an artist, she's real. I think that's what's happened over the years, Miley has been reinventing her sound.

“She's evolving as an artist herself. I think that it's all of what everyone is calling controversy now. That's still my Miley.”

Yeah, you tell 'em, Billy.

Take a look a Miley's evolution below...

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9th February 2006
9th February 2006
9th February 2006
 
9th February 2006

Apparently Toad of Toad Hall was a style inspiration back in the day

6th April 2006
6th April 2006
6th April 2006
 
6th April 2006

We're quite glad those bootleg jeans cover what looks to be the peeping toes of hideous shoes

23rd May 2006
23rd May 2006
23rd May 2006
 
23rd May 2006

Aww, here's a 14 year old butter-wouldn't-melt Miley at the Country Music Awards

17th July 2006
17th July 2006
17th July 2006
 
17th July 2006

When we were 10, this would've been our school disco dream

16th September 2006
16th September 2006
16th September 2006
 
16th September 2006

Ohhh if only we knew what was to happen in six years' time...

9th January 2007
9th January 2007
9th January 2007
 
9th January 2007

So young, so innocent and so erm crinkled

14th January 2007
14th January 2007
14th January 2007
 
14th January 2007

Own up. Who vomited an '80s bedspread over Hannah Montana?

26th August 2007
26th August 2007
26th August 2007
 
26th August 2007

Looking a bit uncomfortable in a sequinned mini. Little did we know how that was about to change...

20th September 2007
20th September 2007
20th September 2007
 
20th September 2007

Is it just us, or does this look remind anyone of Cher Lloyd during her X Factor days?

18th November 2007
18th November 2007
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18th November 2007

Stripy badger hair and a strapless mini = the start of something experimental...

5th January 2008
5th January 2008
5th January 2008
 
5th January 2008

Bronzer + white eyeshadow = make-up disaster. We'll be quiet about the clothes as they're even worse

17th January 2008
17th January 2008
17th January 2008
 
17th January 2008

Hannah Montana goes goth! These dark ringlets like totally wash Miley out

8th February 2008
8th February 2008
8th February 2008
 
8th February 2008

Soz Miley, we didn't realise you were entering Strictly

24th February 2008
24th February 2008
24th February 2008
 
24th February 2008

Very Dita Von Teese inspired in full-length scarlet Valentino for the Oscars

29th March 2008
29th March 2008
29th March 2008
 
29th March 2008

Matchy matchy with red satin accessories and a bejewelled LBD

14th April 2008
14th April 2008
14th April 2008
 
14th April 2008

At first glimpse, we thought this was a Miley waxwork

31st May 2008
31st May 2008
31st May 2008
 
31st May 2008

Our stomach actually just churned looking at this

25th July 2008
25th July 2008
25th July 2008
 
25th July 2008

This outfit has been eclipsed by the fact that Miley was launching a competition for her fans to roll coast to coast in a giant human-sized hamster ball.

23rd August 2008
23rd August 2008
23rd August 2008
 
23rd August 2008

Miles has discovered hair extensions it would seem

14th September 2008
14th September 2008
14th September 2008
 
14th September 2008

At least Miley's charity-shop buys were presumably for a good cause

23rd November 2008
23rd November 2008
23rd November 2008
 
23rd November 2008

Super sweet in black and gold sequinned Marchesa

11th January 2009
11th January 2009
11th January 2009
 
11th January 2009

We think Miley accidentally went to the Golden Globes instead of her prom

22nd February 2009
22nd February 2009
22nd February 2009
 
22nd February 2009

Pretty as a princess at the Oscars in a Zuhair Murad tiered gown

5th April 2009
5th April 2009
5th April 2009
 
5th April 2009

Beaut in asymmetric Monique Lhuillier

31st May 2009
31st May 2009
31st May 2009
 
31st May 2009

This pale pink cowl neck Moschino numbers totally ages teenage Miley

16th October 2009
16th October 2009
16th October 2009
 
16th October 2009

Going through a Camden market phase

5th December 2009
5th December 2009
5th December 2009
 
5th December 2009

Flashing those pins in teeny weeny gold hotpants

7th March 2010
7th March 2010
7th March 2010
 
7th March 2010

Uber glam in Jenny Packham for the Oscars

22nd September 2010
22nd September 2010
22nd September 2010
 
22nd September 2010

Floaty and feminine on a stroll in Santa Monica

21st November 2010
21st November 2010
21st November 2010
 
21st November 2010

Look who's gone all Hollywood! Be careful you don't trip though

13th Febuary 2011
13th Febuary 2011
13th Febuary 2011
 
13th Febuary 2011

Is this LA or Essex? At first glance we were convinced this was Lauren Goodger

11th January 2012
11th January 2012
11th January 2012
 
11th January 2012

One of our favourite Miley outfits ever, the star looks amazing in a structured David Koma frock and metallic heels

26th February 2012
26th February 2012
26th February 2012
 
26th February 2012

Retro gorgeousness at the Vanity Fair party

20th May 2012
20th May 2012
20th May 2012
 
20th May 2012

A mega bouff and a white tuxedo jacket. Who needs anything else right?

27th June 2012
27th June 2012
27th June 2012
 
27th June 2012

A choppy blonde bob and an LBD - oh hi, Jennifer Aniston!

6th September 2012
6th September 2012
6th September 2012
 
6th September 2012

A beautiful Pucci dress, but Miley could've done without the 24 cans of hairspray

21st September 2012
21st September 2012
21st September 2012
 
21st September 2012

All that Pilates has paid off - look at those abs! We're trying to ignore the white quiff again though

16th December 2012
16th December 2012
16th December 2012
 
16th December 2012

Very skinny and er very spiky. We wouldn't want to give Miles a cuddle in this get-up

14th February 2013
14th February 2013
14th February 2013
 
14th February 2013

Stepping out in an ASOS cut-out maxi

24th February 2013
24th February 2013
24th February 2013
 
24th February 2013

Matching your dress to your hair is never a good plan

6th May 2013
6th May 2013
6th May 2013
 
6th May 2013

How unfortunate to get trapped in a fishing net and have an electric shock before you're due to go on the red carpet

19th May 2013
19th May 2013
19th May 2013
 
19th May 2013

Miley was also great entertaining as a court jester

12th June 2013
12th June 2013
12th June 2013
 
12th June 2013

Why waste your teenage brother's old denims? Just cut them in half, sew them back together and throw on with an old bin bag jacket

15th July 2013
15th July 2013
15th July 2013
 
15th July 2013

Hello Sailor!

8th August 2013
8th August 2013
8th August 2013
 
8th August 2013

Going hell for leather in Proenza Schouler

26th August 2013
26th August 2013
26th August 2013
 
26th August 2013

'90s mini buns and embellishment aplenty

 
 

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