Miley's parents split: Billy Ray Cyrus files for divorce
The actress-singer's dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, on Tuesday filed for divorce from his wife of 17 years, Tish. "As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for our family," they said Wednesday in a statement to People, adding that they're working through "personal matters" and appreciate fans' thoughts and prayers.
Irreconcilable differences were cited in the action filed in Tennessee, according to court documents obtained by TMZ. The "Achy Breaky Heart" singer and "Hannah Montana" costar is seeking shared custody of his three minor children with Tish: Miley Ray, 17; Braison, 16; and Noah, 10. Billy Ray adopted Trace and Brandi, Tish's kids from a previous marriage, but those two are now of legal age.
A source told E! News that the breakup was "a long time coming," with no third-party acting as a catalyst.
This will be Billy Ray's second divorce; he split with first wife, Cindy Smith, in 1991 and married Leticia Finley in 1992.
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Photo: Billy Ray and Leticia "Tish" Cyrus at the Hollywood premiere of their daughter Miley's film "The Last Song" on March 25. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters