As a multitude of mixed reactions poured onto social media in response to Miley Cyrus' VMAs performance, her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, posted to Twitter during the influx but is now clarifying to ET's Nancy O'Dell that the post had nothing to do with his daughter's performance.
Cyrus explained the tweet to Nancy directly, clarifying that the post was an amalgamation of two trains of thought, both of which were unrelated to Miley's performance at the VMAs.
Late Sunday night, Cyrus posted the following tweet:
Thanking God for so many blessings tonight. Continue to pray for world peace. More love ...less hate.— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) August 26, 2013
The 52-year-old country music singer explained to Nancy that the "Thanking God for many blessings" portion was an expression of his gratitude for joyful happenings in his life, including a surprise birthday party that his 13-year-old daughter Noah threw him on Sunday and the beginning recordings of a new album the day before.
Cyrus also told O'Dell that the "More love...less hate" bit of his tweet was his reaction to learning of disconcerting news in Syria, where a lethal chemical weapons attack had occurred.
The country crooner referred to that portion of his tweet on Twitter as well, elucidating:
FYI"Love Not Hate"Late last night I was watching devastating news out of Syria. Chemical weapons used on innocent children is unacceptable!— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) August 26, 2013