Billy Ray Cyrus is enjoying the great outdoors this autumn, from the looks of it.
The country singer on Sunday posted a photo of himself out in a field beneath blue skies. “Happy Sunday y’all!” he tweeted.
Cyrus Shares a Story
When he’s not out in the fields, he’s been busy promoting his recent work. Cyrus has been doing some media interviews lately, with appearances on “Today with Hoda & Jenna” and “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”
On “Today,” Cyrus shared that the late President George H.W. Bush once sent him a letter when “Achy Breaky Heart” won a CMA Award for Song of the Year.
But it wasn’t all awards shows and chart-toppers for Cyrus. He also shared some of the experiences that made him a deeper person over time.
“Just getting a letter from him meant that I didn’t live in my car anymore after 10 years of failure and 10 years of chasing this dream,” Cyrus said. “I failed way more times than I ever succeeded.”
“I failed for a decade of trying everything and actually was down to my last effort,” he added. “And I had written this song about a Vietnam veteran called ‘Some Gave All,’ and after 10 years of being told no, a man named Harold Shedd at Mercury Records said yes.”
In a Better Place Now
Cyrus seems to be in a better place now than he was ten years ago, when his now-infamous GQ interview came out.
In the interview, Cyrus unloaded about his failed marriage, his daughter Miley, his career frustrations and said his family was under attack by Satan.
“I’m right back where I started—I’m still just sitting here writing bar-band music,” he told GQ.
He went on to confess that he’d failed to discipline his children enough.
“Sometimes I would even read other parents might say, ‘You don’t need to be a friend, you need to be a parent,’” he said. “Well, I’m the first guy to say to them right now: You were right. I should have been a better parent.”
But whatever personal setbacks Cyrus has suffered, he has retained his faith in music.
“I just felt something special about that song,” Cyrus said this week of “Achy Breaky Heart.” “It was again a bridge that could bring people together.”