She`s still my little girl: Billy Ray Cyrus on Miley

Los Angeles: Miley Cyrus` father has defended his singer-actress daughter`s provocative performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Billy Ray, 52, said he will be there for his daughter through thick and thin, reported Us magazine.

"Of course I`ll always be here for Miley. Can`t wait to see her when she gets home. She`s still my little girl and I`m still her dad regardless how this circus we call show business plays out. I love her unconditionally and that will never change," he said.

Her racy performance had raised eyebrows after the 21-year-old singer was seen dancing provocatively around Robin Thicke during their collaboration on `Blurred Lines`.

Billy had once expressed his concern over Miley`s transformation from Disney star to a sexed up celebrity.

"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 know she`s 18, but I still feel like as her daddy I`d like to try to help," he had said.