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Billy Ray Cyrus works on 'mending family'

Reuters file

After Billy Ray Cyrus' frank comments to Rolling Stone -- in which he said he was "afraid" for his daughter Miley and that her hit show "Hannah Montana" "ruined" his family" -- the country singer is telling People magazine that he's trying to put the pieces back together.

"It is very important to me to work on mending my family right now," Cyrus told People.

Calling his recent comments "explosive, and unintentionally so," Cyrus said to People, "My family is the most important thing I have, and we are working together to make sure our future is stronger and healthier."

As such, Cyrus has left the Tennessee home where he was staying when the Rolling Stone interview took place and he is spending time in Los Angeles with his wife Trish and youngest daughter Noah.

"It is all a learning process, and we thank everyone for their support and respect of our privacy as we sort through very important family issues," he told the magazine.