Billy Ray Cyrus made a guest appearance on ABC's "The View" Friday to confirm that he has called off his divorce from wife Tish, saying his life "was a dark mess; a storm like you've never seen in your life."
"I think life got a bit out of control for everyone," admitted the country star, likening fame to feeling like you're "strapped to a rocket."
Billy Ray said he regretted the recent GQ interview he did in which he blamed the Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana" show for breaking up his family. "Doing an interview when you're mad and scared is a whole lot like going to the grocery store when you're hungry," he said.
He added, "I don't think 'Hannah Montana' ruined my family, but to set the record straight, I love 'Hannah Montana.' I love Disney. That didn't tear my family apart. Now fame, fame is a different animal, you've got to be careful with that thing."
The 49-year-old star confirmed that he has indeed "dropped the divorce," and reported, "Things are really the best they've ever been," and that "I wanted to put the family back together."
Of his relationship with daughter Miley Cyrus, he said things are, "The best they've ever been. I feel like I kind of got my Miley back in a way. I feel like we are the daddy and the daughter that we were before 'Hannah Montana' happened. … We've laughed a lot in the last couple days." He defended a recent incident in which she was accused of being drunk, explaining that she said she was blinded by a swarm of paparazzi, and he optimistically said, "I felt her destiny was to bring hope to the world."
Billy Ray also joked that director David Lynch may be the root of his problems, explaining that after he was cast in 'Mulholland Drive,' Lynch encouraged him to focus on acting, which in turn inspired Miley to follow in his footsteps. "Who would have expected that David Lynch is responsible for this whole mess?" he said with a smile.
The country singer also performed the new single from his upcoming record, I'm An American, which he says is "a tribute to our soldiers."