Billy Ray Cyrus

Billy Ray Cyrus put his family back together despite recent difficulties, but looking back, he still wishes he had done some things differently

"I did kind of approach being a dad as a friend. I was a great playmate," Cyrus, 49, told Good Morning America Wednesday. "As far as sitting down and doing algebra and science, the homework, I wasn't very good at that. So I look back on it and think, 'You know what? Maybe, no doubt, I could have been a better dad.'"

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However, he admits he still wants to be daughter Miley's friend, saying he loves her "more than life itself."

Their resolidified father-daughter bond comes less than two months after Cyrus told GQ magazine he was worried his daughter was "in a great deal of danger" and that her TV show, Hannah Montana, had "destroyed" their family.

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On Wednesday, however, Cyrus said he was "surrounded in darkness" when he gave the interview and defended his daughter. "Miley has a great heart. She's very intelligent," he said. "She will make good choices and she knows right from wrong."

Cyrus' bond with his daughter isn't the only renewed relationship in his life. Cyrus announced on The View Friday that he had called off his divorce from wife Tish Cyrus. Tish shared the happy news in a statement on her Facebook page Monday. "Big thanks to all of our family, friends, and fans who have kept us in their thoughts and prayers," she wrote. "Our family weathered a huge storm and I feel we are stronger than we have ever been."