Forget Miley Cyrus’ Mom, Where’s Billy Ray?

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Didn't she used to be a daddy's girl?

Back in the day, Miley Cyrus and her dad, Billy Ray, were doing double daddy-daughter duty when they starred together on the Disney series "Hannah Montana." They even posed together for a Vanity Fair photo shoot.

But now, Miley seems to be hangin' with her homie. And by that, we mean her mommy.

In the MTV documentary "Miley: The Movement," the pop star said her mom, Tish, is her "homie." And momager Tish Cyrus was right back at her: "If anyone has ever said, 'Where's her mother?' ... Right beside her," she said. "Through good, bad, through arguments, through crying, through I don't care what ... right there."

Miley's kept herself busy in the weeks leading up to the release of her new album "Bangerz," with a controversial MTV Video Music Awards performance, a racy video for her single "Wrecking Ball," a topless Rolling Stone cover story, an online catfight with Sinead O'Connor, a "Saturday Night Live" hosting gig, and an awkward "Today" show chat with Matt Lauer, in which she told him he's too old to have sex.

But while mom Tish has been shown cheering her on from the sidelines, her famous dad Billy Ray has hardly chimed in. So what's up?

After the VMA debacle, Billy Ray told "Entertainment Tonight" he'd "always be here for Miley."

"She's still my little girl and I'm still her dad regardless how this circus we call show business plays out," he said. "I love her unconditionally and that will never change."

But perhaps his recent Twitter post really says it all. After Miley's "Today" appearance, Billy Ray tweeted: "Wanna know how I feel as a Father? Just heard my daughter say @MileyCyrus 'I'm the happiest I've ever been in my whole life.' All I ever wanted."

Billy Ray's tweet came after Miley told Matt Lauer, "My plan is focusing on right now and continuing what I'm doing because I'm the happiest I've ever been in my whole life. So I'm really happy to be here."

The 20-year-old singer also gave a shout-out to her parents, saying, "For me, my parents have always just been about being really who you are and figuring that out. And what's good about that is I trust them a lot. I can go to them with pretty much anything. There's been a lot of kids who have to hide things from their parents that I don't have to because my parents are just accepting and that's what real love is."

Of course, not all of Miley's "parents" approve of how she's handling her transition from child star to adult pop artist.

In an interview with the "Today" show, Brooke Shields -- who played her mom on the Disney sitcom -- called Miley's raunchy VMA performance "a bit desperate." "I was Hannah Montana's mother," she said. "I do not approve. I just want to know who's advising her, and why it's necessary."

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