Billy Ray ‘didn’t back Miley’s performance’

Billy Ray Cyrus

Miley Cyrus’ dad was not endorsing her raunchy VMA performance in a tweet posted Sunday night.

The 20-year-old singer shocked the 10 million viewers that tuned into the annual MTV awards ceremony when she hit the stage for a performance of her new hit single We Can’t Stop.

Miley turned heads wearing a bizarre furry leotard decorated with a mouse and proceeded to grind on stage with her back-up dancers.

She also stripped to a flesh-toned bra and underwear set and twerked against Robin Thicke, who joined her onstage for a duet of his single Blurred Lines.

While scathing reviews of her “inappropriate” performance flooded Twitter, country music singer Billy Ray Cyrus appeared to be lending support to his daughter, news outlets claimed.

“Thanking God for so many blessings tonight. Continue to pray for world peace. More love …less hate,” he wrote after Miley’s performance.

The 52-year-old star has now clarified his remarks, insisting he was not referring to his daughters’ critics but to a much larger matter.

The patriarch explained he was heartbroken by last week’s attack in Syria that claimed hundreds of innocent lives – an attack which diplomats believe to be the result of chemical warfare in the war-torn country.

“FYI”Love Not Hate”Late last night I was watching devastating news out of Syria. Chemical weapons used on innocent children is unacceptable!” Billy Ray clarified in a tweet on Monday.

Miley’s father chose not to weigh in on his daughter’s provocative performance.

The pop star meanwhile bragged about the amount of attention her antics received on the social networking website.

“Smilers! My VMA performance had 306.000 tweets per minute. That’s more than the blackout or Superbowl! #fact.,” she wrote Monday.

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