Justin Bieber's mug shot from the Miami Dade County Corrections Department.

Billy Ray Cyrus Proposes Tipi Cure for Justin Bieber


What does Justin Bieber need -- rehab? Counseling? How about a tipi?

January hasn't been a good month for Bieber -- the pop star has made one bad decision after another, and his rap sheet is starting to overshadow whatever musical talent he may have. There was the house-egging incident, in which Bieber and friends caused an inconceivable $20,000 damage to his L.A. neighbor's crib. Then he was pulled for the very serious crime of driving while intoxicated in Miami Beach -- and to be more specific, he wasn't just "driving," he was drag-racing in a rented Lamborghini. He earned a trip to the Miami Dade County Corrections Department for that one, where he got his picture taken. Less than a week later, he was back in his native Canada, turning himself in to Toronto cops on an expected assault charge for an incident with a cab driver in December.

We've seen this sort of public flameout before, and country star Billy Ray Cyrus is reaching out to the young star lest he go the way of Kurt Cobain and Michael Jackson. To that end, Cyrus has invited Bieber to spend some time in his tipi.

“Him and his dad, if he wants to bring him, should meet me down at my farm in Tennessee,” Cyrus told Radio.com. “We should go up to the teepee, all of us have a couple of four-wheelers, build a great big bonfire, watch the hawks and the deer and the turkey, refocus a little bit. Sometimes getting back to nature can do that. I’m going to offer it up to him. If he wants to come down to the farm and get away for a little bit, I think it’d be great. I’d meet him there. I’ll build the fire. I’ll gas up the four-wheelers.”

Billy Ray Cyrus is the father of Miley Cyrus, whose public antics have also drawn criticism. For those who'd prescribe Miley some tipi time, rest assured she's getting it -- in her own $25,000 tipi, installed in her back yard in November.

Billy Ray Cyrus has said that he is part Cherokee, and out of respect for Native Americans has Geronimo and Chief Joseph tattooed on his forearms. Bieber drew scoffs from First Nations readers in 2012 when he told Rolling Stone that he believed himself to be "enough percent" Native to get "free gas" in Canada.

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Two Bears Growling's picture
Two Bears Growling
Submitted by Two Bears Growling on
Mr. Bieber's problems started because of the type of people he surrounds himself with: Riff raff & thugs. He needs to get rid of all the hangers on as it were, riff raff & thugs he constantly has around him & he just might be able to reboot his career he is quickly losing as his life spirals faster & faster out of control. Many a young person has ruined their reputation & lives just by the company they chose to keep. Likewise, they also have the opportunity to change that all & turn their lives around with the right intervention IF they are fortunate & listen to the voices of reason & those who are wise. Nothing is more damaging than youth that has fame & tons of money. Very seldom do those combinations turn out well. It generally leads to the prison yard or the grave yard.

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Submitted by metis22 on
Billy Ray's, and those like him, comments make people who really are part Cherokee, not just "I think." Geronimo and Chief Joseph?? They were great leaders of their own tribes, if Billy Ray was truly honoring his Cherokee roots, he'd have known more than a few names of people from just south of his Tennessee home. He would also know the Cherokee did not have teepees, nor did they live in the "huts" so many historical societies like to proffer. I know because I was in the mountains when a few fragmented peoples still lived there. Their language may or may not be totally the original but it isn't English. Billy and Miley should offer Justin a "good ole redneck" backwoods experience and hush his mouth; no, that wouldn't be redneck. If Phil Robertson claims he's "Native American, Cherokee - I think" we may have to bring back blood revenge!!!- yes, that's sarcasm. The Bieb and Miley seem like twins.

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Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
A $25,000 Teepee? Who is Billy Ray trying to fool? I'm surprised he's not telling everyone he's a Cherokee princess! I guess Cyrus's credentials lie in his successful raising of Miley? Shit! He can't even get her to wear clothes or keep her long-ass tongue in her mouth! Bieber has only himself to blame! If he weren't trying to build up his "street cred" and drop the cute, teeny-bopper image he wouldn't be doing all this. Bieber is a passing fad and it will either end in his overdose or his disappearing into obscurity. In a couple of years he'll be as popular as the Spice Girls.