Published June 17, 2008
Miley Cyrus' father Billy Ray Cyrus didn't know Vanity Fair was going to "strip down" his daughter for the controversial June issue photo shoot, he told the "Today" show on Tuesday.
"I didn't know they were going to strip her down and wrap her in a blanket," Cyrus, promoting his NBC show "Nashville Star," said.
Of the seemingly topless shot of his 15-year-old superstar daughter, the country singer said, "I was surprised when I saw it ... but, hey, that's life. Stuff happens."
Cyrus also says he didn't complain about the shoot after the fact because he didn't want to make it an even bigger deal.
"I didn't," he told the show, "'cause my dad always said, 'The more you stomp in poop, the more it stinks.'"
At the time, Miley Cyrus apologized for the photos, which were taken by Annie Leibovitz.
As for the photo of Miley with her dad that seemed to some like an uncomfortably romantic shot, Billy Ray said, "That's just a daddy who loves his daughter a whole lot."