Satan, Atheists Still Awaiting Apology From Billy Ray Cyrus

Miley Cyrus’ father says he’s “mending my family” after “explosive” comments

Last Updated: February 23, 2011 @ 1:29 PM

Billy Ray Cyrus says he's focused on "mending my family" after a magazine article last week in which he said the success of "Hannah Montana" tore his family apart and blamed Hollywood, Satan and atheists.

"It is very important to me to work on mending my family right now," Cyrus, 49, told People in a statement. He also said his recent comments were "explosive, and unintentionally so."

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"My family is the most important thing I have, and we are working together to make sure our future is stronger and healthier," he said. "It is all a learning process, and we thank everyone for their support and respect of our privacy as we sort through very important family issues."

Not included in the statement? An apology to atheists, Satan, or Hollywood.

In an interview in this month's GQ, the "Achy Breaky Heart" singer traced his family's troubles to their arrival in Hollywood, when daughter Miley would point out a sign on the way to the "Hannah Montana" studio each morning that said "ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY: ATHEISTS UNITED."

"A physical sign," he said. "It could have easily said 'You will now be attacked by Satan.' Entering this industry, you are now on the highway to darkness…'"

He also said he hoped his daughter wouldn't follow the destructive path of Kurt Cobain, Anna Nicole Smith and Michael Jackson.

People said Cyrus, who retreated to his Tennessee farm after filing for divorce last fall, has been spending time in Los Angeles with wife Tish and youngest daughter Noah.

Miley Cyrus, meanwhile, is getting ready to host "Saturday Night Live" on March 5.