Billy Ray Cyrus George H.W. Bush Jenna Hager Achy Breaky Heart letter

The entertainment industry is so incredibly liberal that it’s considered risky to one’s career to praise a Republican leader in any way. That’s why it came as such a welcome surprise when country music star Billy Ray Cyrus defied the closed-minded left to reveal that he has always “cherished” a letter that the Republican former President George H.W. Bush sent to him. 

Billy Ray Cyrus Praises George H.W. Bush

While appearing on the TODAY show, Billy Ray Cyrus shocked host Jenna Bush Hager with a personal story about a letter that her beloved “Gampy” sent that he has never forgotten.

The letter was sent to Cyrus after his song “Achy Breaky Heart” won single of the year at the 1992 CMA Awards.

“Your grandfather sent me a letter when ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ won the CMA song of the year and it’s one of my most cherished possessions,” Cyrus said. “And he wrote, ‘The judges got it right. We love it.’ And it hangs on my wall to this day, it’s really a prized possession.”

The letter meant the world to Cyrus, as he had been struggling to build a career before making it big with this hit. 

“Just getting a letter from him meant that I didn’t live in my car anymore after 10 years of failure and 10 years of chasing this dream,” explained Cyrus, 59. “I failed way more times than I ever succeeded.”

“I failed for a decade of trying everything and actually was down to my last effort, and I had written this song about a Vietnam veteran called ‘Some Gave All,’ and after 10 years of being told no, a man named Harold Shedd at Mercury Records said yes,” he added.

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The full video of his TODAY Show interview is below. You can see Billy Ray Cyrus surprise Jenna Bush Hager with the sweet story about her grandpa’s love of “Achy Breaky Heart” around the 2:15 minute mark.

Billy Ray Cyrus Knew ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ Would Be A Hit

Cyrus went on to say that he’d had a feeling that “Achy Breaky Heart” would be a hit. 

“I just felt something special about that song,” he said. “It was some ways similar to ‘Old Town Road.’ It was again a bridge that could bring people together. People found that they had something more in common than they had different.”

Cyrus is staying as busy as ever these days, as he just duetted with country legend Dolly Parton for the song “Christmas Where We Are” on her new Christmas album.

“She and I kind of have a blend that really seems to work together,” Cyrus said.

He went on to add that the song is about staying socially distanced during the pandemic, and “about staying positive, staying safe, loving each other and being happy for the holidays.”

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God Bless Cyrus

Billy Ray Cyrus will undoubtedly get backlash from liberals for praising a Bush, but he doesn’t seem to care.

God bless him for sharing such a personal and heartwarming story with the world! 

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