The Great Mulleted Wonder Billy Ray Cyrus is featured in the new issue of GQ ; in the lengthy interview he discusses his concern for


STOP THE PRESSES: Billy Ray Cyrus and Kurt Cobain Were Friends

The Great Mulleted Wonder Billy Ray Cyrus is featured in the new issue of GQ; in the lengthy interview he discusses his concern for his wild child Miley, including Miley pole-dancing, Miley drinking Corona in Spain, Miley posing naked for Vanity Fair, and Miley hitting the bong. We also learn some perhaps previously unknown tidbits about Billy Ray, like that he was in Mulholland Drive (I didn't know that), that he once recorded a song called "I Want My Mullet Back," that he believes his family is currently under attack by Satan ("I think we are right now. No doubt. There's no doubt about it."), and that he was friends with Kurt Cobain.

Wait, what?

Yes, to quote from the article:

He is talking about when he first bought this house in the early '90s. "I stepped back. I was supposed to go and do another world tour. I said no. I canceled my tour. Kurt Cobain had just died, and that really had an impact on me. He was one of those guys that became a friend to me that I never expected. We met at a venue one night, some big coliseum somewhere--his rig was pulling out and mine was pulling in--and I was standing in the shadows, 1 a.m. in the morning, and he's 'Hey man, congratulations--you pissed the whole world off.' We shook hands, and I said, 'Thanks, man . . . I love what you all do.'" After that, Cobain congratulated him at an awards ceremony when most of his peers did not. "We crossed paths a couple more times," says Cyrus, "and then I was in St. Louis . . . "

He asks whether I'd like to see something, and leads me into a dark hallway. Framed on a wall, scribbled on the small pages of the St. Louis Regal Riverfront Hotel stationery, dated April 8, 1994, is the poem that he wrote upon hearing of Cobain's death. "It was about what we do as entertainers," he says, and recites it to me. "It came so fast," he says. The final page:

But after all was said and done

And the big top now came down

No one could ever doubt the fact

The circus came to town

When I say they seem like unlikely friends, he points out that they'd both just had baby girls--Frances Bean, Miley--within three months of each other. "That's what we talked about, that we each had a little girl . . . " Cyrus shows me pictures of Miley on the same wall, when she would run onstage as an infant, collect the roses. "One more thing about Kurt--Kurt was one of those guys. That's why I'm concerned about Miley. I think that his world was just spinning so fast and he had so many people around him that didn't help him."

I would say "Finally! A Kurt Cobain/Miley Cyrus connection!" but that actually already happened about a year ago when Miley told MTV that Cobain is "like [her] dream boyfriend." This is getting too tangled for me.

Should you wish to read the entire Billy Ray Cyrus interview, it's on GQ's website.

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