• Miley Cyrus opened up to David Letterman
  • The singer spoke about her relationship with her dad
  • Miley is grateful above all

Miley unmasked.

In an eye-opening episode of David Letterman's 'My Next Guest Needs No Introduction', Miley Cyrus, the chart-topping "Flowers" singer, didn't hold back on discussing the complex dynamics within the Cyrus family, especially focusing on her relationship with her father, Billy Ray Cyrus. The candid conversation revealed insights into the Cyrus family that fans and followers have been itching to know.

Family Ties and Tangled Roots

Miley, known for her unapologetic honesty and vibrant personality, shared heartfelt details about how her father's experiences and upbringing shaped her own life and career. "He's almost given me this map," Miley expressed, acknowledging the significant influence Billy Ray, who shot to fame with "Achy Breaky Heart," has had on her.

Despite joking about inheriting narcissism from her dad, it's clear Miley holds a deep respect and understanding for the path he's walked.

The conversation took a deeper dive as Miley contrasted her parents' contributions to her life. While her dad provided a creative blueprint, her mom, Tish Cyrus, was the hero behind her upbringing. This revelation comes amidst swirling rumors of a family rift following Tish's divorce from Billy Ray in April 2022 and subsequent marriages on both sides.

The Cyrus family drama seemed to peak when Miley conspicuously left her dad out of her Grammy acceptance speech, fueling speculation about their relationship. However, Miley's discussion with Letterman painted a picture of understanding and empathy rather than estrangement.

"He has a relationship and a foot on the ground to the real and to nature and he always did, even when he was super famous," Miley, 31, said of her dad, who rose to stardom in country music with his hit in 1992. "I'm grateful for being able to watch him ahead of me. He's almost given me this map. And there's a map of what to do and what not to do, and he's guided me on both."

She highlighted the different challenges her parents faced in their lives, attributing her capacity for compassion to the stark contrasts between her mom's loving upbringing and her dad's impoverished childhood.

Perspective with age

"Without my dad, I know — I mean, not just literally I wouldn't be sitting in this chair, I wouldn't exist — but I would not, who I am as a person, it wouldn't exist. Because my dad, as a creative and as an artist in the way that his brain works, has always made me feel safer in my own mind because we're very similar in our ideas," she continued.

"So I think a lot of his perspective on reality and on life, I've inherited from him, more so than the way that I was raised — which really, my mom raised me."

Despite the family's ups and downs, Miley's conversation with Letterman underscored a theme of love and empathy. She acknowledged her parents' sacrifices and the beautiful life they provided for their children, even amidst personal struggles and public scrutiny.

"My parents served us and sacrificed so much for us," Miley reflected, dispelling rumors of estrangement with a narrative of gratitude and understanding.

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As the Cyrus family navigates their complex dynamics in the public eye, Miley's candidness on Letterman's show offers fans a rare glimpse into the emotional landscape behind the headlines.

With her heart on her sleeve and her roots firmly in mind, Miley Cyrus continues to captivate audiences with her talent and authenticity.