Billy Ray Cyrus speaks out about Miley Cyrus' VMA performance

Billy Ray Cyrus arrives at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, 2012, in Los Angeles. Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Billy Ray Cyrus has addressed Miley Cyrus' buzzy Video Music Awards performance from Sunday night, telling Entertainment Tonight's Nancy O'Dell that his daughter will always be his little girl.

"Of course I'll always be here for Miley. Can't wait to see her when she gets home," Billy Ray, 52, told ET. "She's still my little girl and I'm still her Dad regardless how this circus we call show business plays out. I love her unconditionally and that will never change."

The 20-year-old star made headlines after her provocative VMA performance of "We Can't Stop" and "Blurred Lines" withRobin Thicke. There's been mixed reactions about it, with the Parents Television Council criticizing MTV for the telecast, noting, "This much is absolutely clear: MTV marketed adults-only material to children while falsely manipulating the content rating to make parents think the content was safe for their children."

Others say, well, she's just "being Miley" after all. Adam Lambert tweeted, "I merely said she was having fun and to cut her some slack."

As for Cyrus, she's focusing on the positive, it seems:

Cyrus is gearing up to release her new album, "Bangerz," on Oct. 8.

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