Ever since Miley Cyrus capture the world’s attention with her shocking MTV VMAs performance, her father Billy Ray Cyrus has been pulled back in the spotlight.

Billy Ray has defended his daughter left and right when it comes to her appearance, but he’s been quiet on her high-profile split from former fiancé Liam Hemsworth, until now that is.

Sitting down with Nancy O’Dell on “Entertainment Tonight,” the country singer shared that Miley is recovering quite well from the breakup.

“All I know for sure is I heard my daughter say today she’s the happiest she’s ever been in her life immediately following [the breakup]. That’s when I saw Miley being so happy.”

Billy Ray added that he could tell that her strained relationship with Hemsworth was making her unhappy.

“Somewhere along the stress and strain of different things I didn’t see her smiling as often for a little while, and all of a sudden she’s like the sun when she smiles it’s light… Everything happens for a reason and the main thing for me, as Miley’s daddy, is she’s happy.

More of his sit-down with Nancy O’Dell will air on Tuesday’s edition of “Entertainment Tonight.”

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