Miley Cyrus’s parents headed for divorce

Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife Tish have decided to call it quits after 17 years together, citing the Hollywood standard of “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for their split.

The parents of five, including controversial teen star Miley, issued a joint statement to People:”As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for our family.

“We are trying to work through some personal matters. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers.”

Divorce has been in the Hollywood air, with this separation hot on the heels of the highly publicized separations of celebrity couples Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman, Courteney Cox and David Arquette.

But this split is especially surprising, as Billy Ray and Tish, described by Miley in her 2009 autobiography Miles to Go as “homebodies” who “liked to be with eachother and us”,  generally always seemed to be one of the more stable couples by Hollywood standards.

The family work closely together on projects: Billy Ray Cyrus co-starred in the hugely successful Hannah Montana series with his daughter and this year he has also been working with his son Trace Cyrus in a new reality series called UFO: Unbelievable Freakin’ Obvious. Mother Tish is the young star’s manager, often referred to as Miley’s ‘momager’.

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You can read more about the Cyrus’s phenomenally successful daughter here: Miley Cyrus and her teeth and Miley Cyrus and her heart condition.

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