Billy Ray Cyrus is working on "mending his family".

The singer-and-actor recently spoke out about his worry at daughter Miley's behaviour - which included smoking a legal high through a bong device and throwing her 18th birthday party in a bar - but he has now admitted his comments were "unintentionally explosive".

He told People magazine: "It is very important to me to work on mending my family right now. My family is the most important thing I have, and we are working together to make sure our future is stronger and healthier."

The 'Hannah Montana' star - who is rumoured to have cancelled a number of TV talk show appearances in the aftermath of his remarks - admits he has learned from the outcry his comments received.

He added: "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."

Billy Ray - who is currently in the process of divorcing Miley's mother Tish Cyrus - had claimed he was scared for Miley and feared she was out of control and receiving bad advice.

He said: "Every time the train went off the track... her people, or as they say in today's news, her handlers, every time they'd put the blame on me... I took it because I'm her daddy... OK, nail me to the cross.

"I'm scared for her. She's got a lot of people around her that's putting her in a great deal of danger. I want to get her sheltered from the storm."