Billy Ray Cyrus tweets after Miley's bong video surfaces
December 13th, 2010
09:33 AM ET

Billy Ray Cyrus tweets after Miley's bong video surfaces

"Hannah Montana" fans may not be the only ones disappointed with Miley Cyrus after video of her doing a bong hit surfaced on Friday.

"Sorry guys. I had no idea," her father, Billy Ray Cyrus tweeted later that day, reportedly in reference to the footage, according to Entertainment Weekly. "Just saw this stuff for the first time myself. Im so sad. There is much beyond my control right now."

As Marquee previously reported, Billy Ray, 49, announced in October that he and Miley's mom, Tish, were divorcing.

"As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for our family," the couple told CNN in a statement. "We are trying to work through some personal matters."

Now the pair have another matter on their hands.

The headline-making video of their daughter, shot days after her 18th birthday in November, features the once squeaky-clean teen laughing and rambling as she smokes the hallucinogenic herb salvia.

"I'm having a little bit of a bad trip," Miley says to the camera.

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  1. tyler

    it aint because of the problems at home i went threw this im still a young teen its because her freinds were doing it and it was her birthday.

    December 18, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Alex

    You know what. We are all people. None of us are better than anyone else. Live and Let live.

    Salvia is very legal in most states.

    December 15, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Simstim

    Tink,! Tink,! Tink,! Tink,! Tink,!,,,,,,,,,,,,,,gggggoooooooo TINK,!!!!!!!!!

    December 15, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tinkerbells bff for life

    i love tinkerbell she is my bff she is alway there for me and she is a good role model unlike Miley. goooooooo tinkerbell.

    December 15, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Tinkerbell

      AWWWWWWWW your such a sweetie!!!!!!! LOL i love you bestie and you are a good role model for me as well always there for me when i need you thanks bestie 🙂

      December 15, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tinkerbell

    first off it doesn't matter if Salvia is legal in CA it still doesn't make it right to smoke it with a video camera in your face especially when you are the role model to younger more impressionable kids. it isn't right for anyone to smoke any kind of drug i strongly disagree with any person abusing substances which is what she did here. i understand that people make mistakes and that people also learn from them but people should serioulsy consider the consequences of these mistakes. she has influence over these young kids and they see this and may think well if my idol does it then it should be ok. i also agree that parents should be more involved with their children and not just place them in front of the television all the time but today we live in a digital age where media is everything. its really difficult for parents to comepletely control what their children see or hear from media, its not just on the t.v. its on the internet and the radio. its impossible for parents to keep this stuff from there kids unless you lock them in a closet for their whole life. and all these people that are making excuses for Miley, just stop, she had a choice she clearly made on her own, also defending her saying we should stop "judging" her. we are not judging her but just saying our opionions of her, and if she doesn't want the criticism of her fans or those who are parents of her fans or the opionions from them then she should do nothing, say nothing and be nothing. its simple as that.

    December 15, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. Justin La Vecchia

    I think that every one needs to focus more on their own lives than her life. So what if she was celabrating her birthday. Your the one ruining this young ladys appearence to the younger ladys. Placing a such video on the television for her fans to see is rude. At least bring a topic more important to your show such as the four decomposing bodys found by a police officer. This is drama! There is more to the USA than miley's life style of set. Your as mature as my dog. Real talk.

    December 14, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tinkerbell

      she is in the public eye, she allows us to see her life, so of course we are going to comment on it thats just a fact of life, you cannot sit there and say you have never "badmouthed" a celeb. everyone has she is not the first to be talked about like this she will not be the last. also we have not done anything to ruin appearence to the younger audience she did this all by herself when she did this with a video camera in her face. this was her choice not ours.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. SMc

    It is Legal in CA to smoke so shut the f up. Why is it ok if non celebs smoke it but a big deal when she smoked it. If it's bad for you then they should not sell it at all to anyone.

    December 14, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. goober

    Actually every child in this world is susceptible to mistakes, as a parent you have to take the time early in their lives to explain the potential downfalls that may arise from the decisions they are making. That "explaining" is continual and not just a post-it in their lives. The issue is if you wait too late then children do have a false sense of reality in general this is without the Hollywood lifestyle which, sadly applifies it's own realities more than we could probably understand. The child believes that since she is 18 she's an adulthood, but most parents know that 18 year old average kids can be extremely irresponsible and do dumb stuff even if your talking to them constantly and are responsible parents. As a parent I would never wish any harmful thing on another parent when it comes to their children understanding the pain that it can cause to see your child exposed in such a fashion that the world becomes a brutal judge. I hope and pray they find peace and come out stronger in the end.

    From a Dad.

    December 14, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. lisa

    If anybody had cameras following them around all their lives and friends willing to sell them out would look just as bad a Miley does right now if not worse. The downside of being a celeb.

    December 14, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tammy

    I think that what Miley did is wrong and my 8 year old daughter looks up to Miley and has watched every episode of Hannah Montana and that is just wrong.

    December 14, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • cyberpolice

      Yes, it is wrong that your daughter has watched every episode of Hanna Montana. Stop being an absentee parent and teach your daughter what is right and wrong.

      December 14, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. miley superfan class of 2015


    December 14, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • MGrant

      If your spelling ability(or lack thereof) and poor grammar are any indications of what salvia does for people, then no thanks, I'll pass! You sound like a blathering idiot.

      December 14, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • miley superfan class of 2015


      December 14, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Justin La Vecchia


      May 8, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kacie

    Foxykitten4321: Leave her alone or else? Oh please what're you gonna do huh?

    December 14, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. kaylaa;*

    wow miss fixykitten youu really 'LIKE' her dont youu..2 be honest i think she's played out! i liked her at first but mow to me she's nthn.....

    December 14, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. foxykitten4321

    i love miley she my idol if anyone talk about her well it not going to be pretty yall may hate her but she my favorite so leave her alone or else

    December 14, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  15. James

    not really a big deal salvia is still legal in most states!! get over it people

    December 14, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  16. Eileen

    I am so very disappointed in this young lady – but didn't you just see the writing on the wall? She's been running the show since she was quite young and has obviously missed the lessons on values and self-control. Come on, Miley, pull it together.

    December 14, 2010 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
    • MGrant

      Well stated, Eileen!
      Miley has so much talent, but she's throwing it away for cheap thrills and trying to be 'Miss Popular'.
      Whether salvia is legal or not, chemical abuse is chemical abuse, and there's nothing "cool" or "funny" about it!
      Sorry Miley, you've lost three more fans: my 10 and 11 year-old daughters, and me!

      December 14, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  17. Pedro Dixon

    Miley Cyrus and her changes of life,habits Here we go again. I love The View, but today I have to strongly (cont)
    Strangely, I do believe her father that he had no idea this was happening. I hope he reaches out right now to help his daughter. This is nothing like smoking a bad joint.

    December 13, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  18. mike carter

    I would be much more surprised if she hadn't tried any drugs, especially being in Hollywood. This isn't even news. Whether or not you think she has any talent, she's one of the best looking ladies in Hollywood. Contrast that to her freaky-looking pot-head no-talent father. Miley's done very well in spite of him.

    December 13, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Paula Hutchins

    If parents would stop turning their children over to the television and stop expecting these teen stars to set examples they wouldn't be so disappointed when they blow it! Miley Cyrus is a CHILD!! Not a teacher or a life coach, she's just some kid with minimal talent. Much like Lindsay Lohan, Brittney Spears, Danny Bonaducci, Tatum ONeal and couldn't the list go on for an hour? STOP EXPECTING HOLLYWOOD (of all places) TO RAISE YOUR CHILDREN!!!

    December 13, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Paul

    You act surprised. . . almost shocked to hear that Miley is smoking drugs. Are you that arrogant or gullible?
    I'm not sure which. Lindsay Lohan gets busted again? Paris caught with cocaine and said she thought it was "gum". Snooky is a "Star?" Take a good look! These are the people your children are looking up to .. .these are the people your child wants to be like. These are the faces of failure you so boldly brag about on the TV and radio. These are the faces of liars, drug addicts, and the next generation of no-talent losers. And you act surprised. . .

    December 13, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  21. jojo

    This girl is out of control, and will end up like the rest of the Hollywood young crowd. Her parents need to take responsibility for this CHILD. Maybe she is 18, but what message does this send to her YOUNG fans.

    December 13, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  22. little bird


    December 13, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Crystal Atkinson

    I understand that she is going through alot, i even understand the family is going through alot, i also understand a need to escape,what confuses me is that her father and mother know nothing. You know,if you know your kids, what their into. Children are born as blank slates. We and those we allow close enough, color in the shades. Somewhere along the line something slipped. We are not our childs friend, they have plenty of them. We are to nurture and mold them. What was Hannah Montana really taught?

    December 13, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Misha

    She needs to live and learn from her own mistakes. All her life she has had somebody critiquin her every move and has been so afraid to make a mistake because she didnt want to be judged by anybody. So now she sees this as her way to act out because of what is happening to her parents. So what everybody is not perfect so dont expect them to be. I am judged by only one person and last time i checked the media was not God!

    December 13, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Gayle Hammon

    Millions of teeny boppers look up to her and want to be like her! Hopefully they won't think it's right to do this just when we tell them no drugs!!!! She really needs to think first before doing a video that will have the wrong message sent to kids!!

    December 13, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  26. lindsct

    How sad that her own Father's first instinct was to save face with the public via twitter.

    December 13, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • alspin

      it wasn't sad, in fact it was quite brave of him. My hat is off to him for having the courage to make that statement. You are probley another one who has no youn childern.

      December 13, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • S

      I guess, well, Billy her father, really was setting up his retirement account with her! Oops, can't have bad publicity without a sincere apology type to type! (not face to face or live) He was a few episodes short of living in Southern Florida with the "Rest" of Israel. oh, and (New York!) without any financial worries for the rest of his dead career !@

      December 13, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  27. plotzy

    Because of the recent viral video of Miley Cyrus smoking the legal drug ‘Salvia’, lawmakers across the country have been scrambling to illegalize the sale of this product…Smoke shops have already stated that they have received a 300% increase in sales of the drug Salvia.

    Do u think it should be illegal. Respond here at

    December 13, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Masa D. Luffy

    Surprise, a teenager abuses a plant for recreational purposes. More at 11.

    December 13, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Horace

    I am also the daughter of an 11 year old.

    December 13, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  30. YOUBRO


    December 13, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  31. YOUBRO


    December 13, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Brett Michaels

    Yeah this is all my fault, I am really sorry I banged your wife.

    December 13, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  33. Rflowers

    i dont think its okay for some of you to blame the parents, my mom always had the leash VERY tight on me when i was younger, love her to death but i would manage a way to do the bad behind her back. got it out of my system and now the worst i do is smoke a cigarette here and there. nobody died!!

    December 13, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  34. w. thorton

    She can buy and sell all you self righteous SOBs. So what if her careers ruined. She is 18 years old and she does not have to work another day in her life if she wants to. We should all be so lucky.

    December 13, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  35. Shaun

    @Yvette; Hannah Bongtanna made me laugh.....lots.

    December 13, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  36. gogirl

    I think it raises her to a level of real person. Well done....

    December 13, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  37. FRESH ta DEF

    It's not even a mistake....1st of all, Salvia is a COMPLETELY legal HERB that stems from a MINT PLANT, and has been proven to be COMPLETELY NON-HARMFUL to one's health, furthermore acting as a stimulant for the brain in some your homework kids... IT"S NOT WEED, and IT's NOT a big deal...

    December 13, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Mormon

      There's a always a conked up, herbologist like you everywhere.

      December 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • alspin

      you sound like a person who has no childern. It is a big deal.

      December 13, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Simstim

      I see where Fresh Ta Def has a basic understanding of Salvia. That's the starting point. Education and the truth.

      Mormon: you are quick to call names and hide behind a quick post. Yes, the world , I've been around it a few times, the world is full of a variety of people. some happen to know a lot about or at least something about herbology..and everybody knows a little bit about something and most specialize, they are called professionals. Consult one of these if you want to actually get truth with accuracy....., probably ignorant as hell, are you truly mormon? I'm sorry for you if you are. but I did not call you a name. I just called you out. Let's play.oooops I slipped again

      alspin: you raise a very important point. This is not a stoners world. This is a world for all types and varieties of people. We all have to share it together somehow. crazy, I know. I pretend parts of society don't exist and I'm pretty happy and successful.
      some know about herbs and some know lots about science, or physics... or whatever. The importance of your post is children are involved. This world has a lot of families and that means kids are watching this and in this case is a bad thing. If your child has seen this, explain to them the truth in detail, at your discretion of course, but because you are knowledgable about a natural plant and it's effects does not make you a person to condone to support this activity.
      Children are very understanding. You can explain it in a way that is slightly protective and let your children know, in your tone, how you feel about the topic and what the consequences are if they try this activity. This is responsible parenting.
      don't just assume that the media is our new teachers and parents. That's the problem sometimes, we need to unplug and spend more family time, stay away from social gossiping sites. I'm rambling but hopefully I've made my point positive to all parties, except the mormon parties. I don't like their types of parties. Usually US Marshalls have to break them up, all 50 of the 12 year old brides. ouch. Ya'll some strange people if truly you are a mormon. if you are not, good. Mormons are concked up.

      December 14, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Yvette

    Another one that has grown up too fast in the system of Hollywood. To quote Billy Ray "There is so much beyond my control right now" Ok but what about when it WAS in your control and she was a young impressionable kid. Someone better take control because she is obviously acting out in destructive ways. I can see the headlines now "Hannah Bongtanna leaves scene of accident and they find cocaine in her purse that she claims was sugar......paaa leeaasseee not another one. Parents get it together and step in NOW. Be her parent not her friend, business manager but her PARENTS!!!

    December 13, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  39. Not a fan, but....

    As the daughter of an 11 year old Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus fan, I am not happy to hear this BUT (note the capital BUT)...she is an 18 year girl. How many of us would want pictures of what we did as teenagers all of the internet to be judged by millions? She made a REALLY STUPID mistake, but I imagine there are 10s of thousands of teenagers making stupid mistakes around the world everyday! If I have anything to shake my finger at, it is...why have these kids (and adults) learned that you CANNOT do this kind of stuff on video and expect it to stay private!!

    December 13, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Not really here

      You're the daughter of an 11 year old? huh?

      December 13, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • S

      don't know if that's gross or funny!? I hope that's a typo

      December 13, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike carter

      Judging by your grammar and spelling, I would say that YOU are an 11 year old Miley Cyrus fan yourself. This is by no means the end of the world for her – in fact, I would say she's pretty much normal. Look at it this way – if this is the worst thing she ever does, she'll have a great life. There is nothing wrong with her.

      December 13, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Macey K.

    Billy Ray hit on me at a wrap party. I was 15. Miley was sitting on old men's laps bouncing up and down.

    December 13, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Crashie Poo

      OMG the shame! It must have taken such courage to come out with this horrible revelation!

      December 13, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Atticus

    Miley Cyrus is not human.

    December 13, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  42. Jen

    Definitely not a fan of this but....the girl is young, not doing anything that a lot of other teens her age aren't doing and she's going through a lot emotionally right now with the breakup of her parents marriage. She's human...

    December 13, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • kiki

      So sad that these young pop stars always seem to travel down the wrong path.

      December 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Honest Abe

      So a hard time is a good excuse for doing drugs?

      Hollywood morals, right there...

      December 13, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Kolaczewski

      the whole issue is blown out of proportion because she's "Famous". Salvia has been around for a long time and been used in rituals and in ceremonies for healing purposes and other reasons Shamans have to use it. Just because someone has a bad experience doesn't mean it should be banned. If I go to a restaurant and have a bad experience with a crazy concoction of food and have a bad experience, like the runs and stomach ache, I don't think that item or restaurant should be banned.
      Salvia Divinorum has been around without being a menace to society and now it's up in the air because one star got caught with it. I say ban the star and keep the Salvia around for those who like it and enjoy it. I don't happen to like it. Terrible experience for me 50X or 50:1 strength, aweful anxiety and paranoia. just for the record a terrible waste of a half hour or so.

      December 13, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • "Simstim" J K from above

      I think I responded to wrong post.

      leave her alone. Let her live the life of a "Normal" teen and do the stuff we all do and have done. Just because she can be seen and is a role model, nobody's perfect, isn't that one of her songs? leave her alone. give a little slap on the wrist from her father and let the public bother some other poor soul.

      but also the banning issue, that's ridiculous now too. everything always completely blown out of proportion here in the USA, land of the "free" (strings attached)

      December 13, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • S

      please delete the post I reported abuse on, long post, two paragraphs, didn't realize full name would be displayed, lack of privacy,,,or concern over privacy issues, it was posted at 2:11pm (2 posts up) please and thank you

      December 13, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • alspin

      don't make excuses for this girl, i feel sorry for her mother and father I trully believe they tried to raise her in the right way. My hat is off to BillyRay for apoligizinf. There will be no more hana montana or miley in this house and I would suggest that the rest of you people do the same thing. Lets start to send a message to these young stars who think they can do anything. Stop buying all of their material and songs, movies and maybe just maybe they will get the message.

      December 13, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dominique

      So true, Everyone needs to stop talking about others and realize their own problems. and stop worrying about everyone else like their perfect

      December 13, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristin

      I am 21 years old. I've tried different things, and that's the only way to learn. It's not like she was doing something illegal. Salvia is a legal substance that has most of the same affects of weed. Yes she is a role model for many children but no child with respectable parents will do what a celebrity does. She is her own person and people need to lay off of her. Miley is growing up and she has a job. Her job does not require her to be perfect. Look at your own lives if you want to get down on her because no one is perfect

      December 14, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Simstim

      However, in terms of her being a huge role model to teens/ pre-teens/ and tweens alike, she has a responsibility to keep such activities behind closed doors if she chooses to partake. Her biggest career mistake is letting this video get on the web. Now everybody wants a say in the matter, don't we? I'm here talking about it, now I feel silly.

      Regardless, being the role model that she is, she has crossed the line and this isn't something she can easily erase. she just cost her daddy his retirement. imagine all the sales of her stuff and ticket sales down... I think daddy was setting up a Roth IRA or a retirement account with her. This is where professionally, she should be contractually punished and perhaps work for money like all the rest of us. but still. she had a choice as she is of age. she messed up. possibly her career forever because of a silly video that should have remained PRIVATE. she then could save face professionally and on a personal level in life, she could be a normal human being.

      Don't ban Salvia.

      December 14, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |

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