Michael Lohan to Billy Ray Cyrus: 'I Feel Your Pain'
On the heels of Billy Ray Cyrus' GQ magazine confession that 'Hannah Montana' was the worst thing that could have happened to daughter Miley Cyrus, Michael Lohan recognized the similar issues he and the 'Achy Breaky Heart' dad are facing.
In an open letter to Billy Ray posted exclusively by RadarOnline.com, Michael sympathizes with the same "scrutiny, pain and willingness to sacrifice yourself, for the sake of your family," that Billy Ray is facing. But Michael goes on to say that the pain and sacrifice are well worth it when it comes to protecting your family, even if they are initially resistant to help.
Read the letter after the jump!
The infamous stage dad then references the temptation and lure of Hollywood's "bright light"
before ending the letter with what seems like heartfelt allusions to world peace. So, is this an olive branch genuinely extended to a fellow dad in need or just another way to keep his name in the headlines? You decide:
"It appears that Michael Lohan's intentions are good in writing this open letter but I don't think Billy Ray Cyrus is going to invite him for Guys Night Out anytime soon," RadarOnline founder and executive vice president David Perel tells PopEater. "You can't find fault with Michael expressing empathy for Billy Ray but most people would say their situations are not parallel. While Miley has exhibited some questionable judgment in her choices, she's never been arrested she hasn't been to rehab Give Michael props for reaching out, but most of us don't see the same strong parallels that he does in the Lohan-Cyrus sagas."
Oh My God! Am I seeing and reliving almost the same exact situations, scrutiny, pain and willingness to sacrifice yourself, for the sake of your family?
As hard and frustrating as it is, believe me when I say, it's a road worth traveled. Even if it may have its bumps and grinds along the way.
As I was raised, there is nothing like the love a man has for his family nor is there any length he will go to save or protect them.
The hardest part is, experiencing the pain that comes from the resistance of the very one(s) you are trying to save.
The one(s) you love so much, and are willing to die for, are too blinded by the "bright light" and people who use our loved one(s) while everyone thinks you are supposed to sit back and pretend it goes unseen.
As I don't see you as any one of the three monkeys with their hands over their ears, eyes and mouth. I, nor you, are the type of men who will sit back and do or say nothing at the risk of being persecuted.
When I look at what you are going through, I am forced to see myself. Two men who know what divorce and alienation, have done to our families.
Why I ask, if it so hard for our wives, children and even the public, to see that all we are trying to do, is to be there for our family and try to make things right?
Isn't it clear that the answer is so easy but the people who don't matter, make it so hard? While all we want is our family and normal lives back, others forsake that for so much more.
Why is it that people don't put themselves in or shoes? And say to themselves, "How would I feel if that was happening to me?"
The sad part is, they don't and they probably never will. But that doesn't mean that men like you and I should ever give up.
While we can't change the world, our example just might touch a few, and maybe even the one(s) we seek to save.
To that end, I want to say, that I know what you are going through, I feel your pain and frustration, and I also admire your strength, dedication and love, for your family in the name of God.
Best and God Bless,
Miley reportedly furious about Billy Ray's interview:
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