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Billy Ray: Miley's still my girl

Miley Cyrus's dad Billy Ray Cyrus has defended the singer's performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.

The 20-year-old former child star's performance with Robin Thicke at the ceremony - gyrating on stage wearing nothing but a nude-coloured PVC bikini - shocked audiences and was branded "disgusting and embarrassing" by MSNBC presenter Mika Brzezinski.

Country singer Billy Ray told Entertainment Tonight: "Of course I'll always be here for Miley. Can't wait to see her when she gets home.

"She's still my little girl and I'm still her dad regardless how this circus we call showbusiness plays out.

"I love her unconditionally and that will never change."

Meanwhile, Brooke Shields, who played Miley's mother on Disney show Hannah Montana, branded the performance desperate.

She quipped: "I was Hannah Montana's mother! Where did I go wrong?"

Brooke added: "I just want to know who's advising her, and why that is necessary....[children] can't watch that. I feel like it's a bit desperate."

Robin's mother Gloria Loring also joined the chorus of disapproval, telling Yahoo!: "I was not expecting her to be putting her butt that close to my son. The problem is now I can never unsee it."

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