Is Miley's Boyfriend a Father Figure?


Apr. 16 2009, Published 11:07 a.m. ET

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In the April 10 episode of Rachael Ray, 16-year-old Miley Cyrus said Justin Gaston, 20, the Bible-reading, underwear-model boyfriend she has been dating since September, brought her “closer to the Lord.”

But Melora Hardin, 41, Miley’s co-star in Hannah Montana: The Movie (which topped the box office with $34 million on its opening weekend), suggests another source of Justin’s appeal — one somewhat closer to home.

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“He reminds me of her dad Billy Ray Cyrus a little bit,” Melora tells OK!.

“There’s something about him and Billy — a physical resemblance and a manner, a removed quality.

"She’s so effusive and gregarious.

"Billy Ray is much more inward, and I think her boyfriend seems like that, too. So that’s interesting.”

Indeed it is Melora!

Speaking of which, here are some shots from the hit movie:

Billy Ray Cyrus

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