After hearing other stories of unlikely run-ins with Kurt Cobain, I’m a little dubious, but it seems like Billy Ray Cyrus’s story checks out. Music Mix found this nugget — about Cyrus and Cobain’s unlikely friendship — inside a long profile about Cyrus in this month’s GQ. It’s really a profile about how Hannah Montana ruined his marriage and about Cyrus’s relationship with his daughter Miley, but all that actually has a lot to do with Cobain:
‘I was supposed to go and do another world tour. I said no. I canceled my tour. Kurt Cobain had just died, and that really had an impact on me. He was one of those guys that became a friend to me that I never expected. We met at a venue one night, some big coliseum somewhere—his rig was pulling out and mine was pulling in—and I was standing in the shadows, 1 a.m. in the morning, and he’s ‘Hey man, congratulations—you pissed the whole world off.’ We shook hands, and I said, ‘Thanks, man… I love what you all do.’ After that, Cobain congratulated him at an awards ceremony when most of his peers did not. ‘We crossed paths a couple more times,’ says Cyrus.
Cyrus says Cobain’s death affected him enough and inspired him to settle down. He goes on to show the writer a poem he wrote in a hotel the night he heard Cobain had died. What would he and Cobain have in common (besides music careers in the early nineties)? Cyrus points out that they had their daughters, Francis Bean and Miley, within three months of each other, and they’d talk about being fathers when they saw each other.