June 14, 2013 03:39 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
Billy Ray Cyrus has often written lyrics about what at one time appeared to be a super strong relationship with Tish, his wife of twenty years. But while that relationship may remain cordial, it will no longer be one of husband and wife — the Dancing with the Stars alum and father of Miley Cyrus recently announced his divorce from Tish.
In the past, the majority of the turmoil taking place in the Cyrus family appears to have been the result of either Miley or her brother Trace. This time, though, the family is going through a different type of struggle, created by the fracturing relationship between Billy Ray and Tish. In a recent statement, Miley’d dad announced his plans to divorce Tish, explaining, “This is a personal matter, and we are doing what is in the best interest of our family. We ask that you respect our privacy at this time.”
No specific reason has been given for the divorce, beyond the usual “irreconcilable differences.” But we do already know that this split has been a long time in the coming, with the couple already having separated for some time back in 2010. At the time, the couple had released a joint statement that read, “We are trying to work through some personal matters. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers.” And for awhile, it looked like that “working through” seemed to do the trick — the couple was able to come together again, and as Billy Ray claimed, was “better than ever.”
While there are few details about the divorce at the moment, we’re sure to here more in the near future. Billy Ray has a way of leaking these things even when he claims to want privacy.
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