Billy Ray Cyrus regrets Satan interview

Jul 13, 2011 at 1:27 p.m. ET

Billy Ray Cyrus says he regrets the GQ interview in which he said Satan was attacking his family.

Billy Ray Cyrus

Back in March, the family of Miley Cyrus was falling apart: Her parents were on the verge of divorce and she was embroiled in a bong-smoking video scandal. Her dad gave a really sad -- and really scary -- interview with GQ, saying Miley's success and Disney destroyed his family and that they were all under attack by Satan.

Now Billy Ray Cyrus says he really, really regrets talking about his family business and fear of the Evil Overlord to the press.

"I realized that I made a big mistake even giving that interview," he told Piers Morgan Tuesday. "It was the darkest time of my life. Of dark. Not -- I mean, it was dark. And turbulent and that would have been a real good time for me to probably go sit by the fire alone, you know?"

"That wasn't a good time for me to do an interview -- I'm sure of that. I was definitely dealing with a lot in my world... I felt like and still feel like that, you know, my family was the definition of my life... and I seen it coming unraveled. And again, probably even more so makes sense why it wasn't a really good time to give that interview."

Cyrus said the interview "had been set up for quite some time; the interview was supposed to happen. It just wasn't supposed to happen like that. But I kind of look back on it, you know, I go, man, it's like everything in life... you made some good calls, you make some bad ones. And what you got to pray for is to know the difference between the two, and to be able to make adjustments."

The Cyrus family has turned around since the interview in question: Tish and Billy Ray have called off their divorce and Miley is on tour while back together with boyfriend Liam Hemsworth.

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