Miley Cyrus goes ballistic over dad’s rants in GQ interview
WITH BILL ZWECKER February 21, 2011 6:04PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
The past year or so, Miley Cyrus and her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, have had something of a roller-coaster relationship — mainly due to Papa Cyrus’ heavy-handed meddling in his daughter’s personal life and career choices.
However, his recent interview with GQ magazine reportedly has infuriated his daughter.
While Miley took issue with several of Billy Ray’s rants, it was his strong criticism of her meteoric hit “Hannah Montana” — and how he claims it ruined his life and their family — that really made her go ballistic, according to sources close to the young superstar.
“Miley cannot believe that Billy Ray dissed the whole ‘Hannah Montana’ experience, given it was that show that bailed him out!” said a good Miley source.
“His career was totally over, in the toilet, financially in big trouble with lots of debts, and ‘Hannah Montana’ put the entire family on easy street,” said the source.
Apparently, Miley has hung up on Billy Ray repeated times, and has told her people she doesn’t want to talk to him at this point.
OUT & ABOUT: While everyone close to Pete Wentz insists he’s straight, the rocker’s estranged wife Ashlee Simpson came across his 2008 Out magazine cover story last summer — and the story in the gay magazine gave her cause for pause.
A source told Hollywood gossip queen Janet Charlton that Ashelee’s re-reading of that story (with his “Yeah, I’m a Fag!” quote on the Out cover) — plus her wondering why the couple hadn’t had sex in ages — was not a good combination. It got Simpson thinking, and she filed for divorce shortly afterward.
FUNNY FOLKS: The wrap-up season of Oprah Winfrey’s 25-year talk show run here inspired Anne Marie Saviano and Marc Warzecha to dream up “Oprah! A Comedy! Live Your Best Laugh” — a satire opening Thursday at the Annoyance Theatre. The farce, starring Michelle Renee Thompson as Oprah, will include more than 70 characters from both Oprah’s world and the Chicago scene — including Steadman Graham, Gayle King, Mayor Daley, Dr. Phil, Rahm Emanuel, Suze Orman, Rachael Ray and President Obama.
▪Former iO Theatre veteran Paul Brittain is doing his thing on “Saturday Night Live,” and now another iO alum — Lauren Lapkus — has been cast on “Are Your There Vodka?,” the sitcom based on comic and TV star Chelsea Handler’s best-selling book. Laura Prepon has been tapped to play Handler on the proposed show.
TIMELY TOUR: Fans of Chicago history will want to know that Ken Price, the longtime PR director of the Palmer House Hilton — and the iconic hotel’s resident historian — will launch special two-hour lunch/tour events, beginning March 1.
The price is $50, but trust me, the gourmet Lockwood restaurant luncheon plus Price’s program will be well worth it. He has an encyclopedic memory of the hotel — and great tales to tell about the legion of celebrities who have stayed at the Palmer House over the years.
ON THE LIST? We’ve already heard about Sarah, Duchess of York, being snubbed — not being among the 1,900 privileged folks on the guest list for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s April 29 nuptials.
But there’s more: There’s actually an “A,” “B” and “C” list — even for that lucky 1,900 invited to the Westminster Abbey ceremony.
That group gets whittled down, with only 600 guests making the cut for the reception immediately after the ceremony. The true inner circle of 300 will then be included in the sit-down dinner that night at Buckingham Palace, hosted by Prince Charles.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: It was a media melee at Di Sotto Enoteca the other night as NBC’5’s Kim Vatis, Fox’s Anna Davlantes, WGN’s Nancy Loo and Sun-Times columnist Dr. Laura Berman got together to toast Vatis’ birthday. … “American Idol” champ Lee DeWyze rocked out during the “Rock the Vote” bash at Rockit Bar & Grill, where mayoral hopefuls Gery Chico and Miguel Del Valle, plus the San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker were spotted in the crowd. … Yes, that was Julius Peppers seen partying Friday night at Vertigo Sky Lounge. … The hip and happening Brit retailer Ted Baker’s new Rush Street boutique was jam-packed with tons of local very visibles Thursday, including the Joffrey Ballet’s Ashley Wheater and Christopher Clinton Conway, Corri McFadden, Cece Gonzales, Melinda Joseph, Candace Jordan, Ken Norgan, John Walcher and Helen Melchoir. ... Tabitha Coffey, that edgy star of Bravo’s “Tabitha’s Salon Takeover,” was spied hangin’ Monday morning in the Living Room at W Lake Shore.
Bill Zwecker reports regularly on “Good Day Chicago” and “Fox Chicago News at 9,” on WFLD-Channel 32.