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Billy Ray Cyrus & Wife Divorcing

Billy Ray Cyrus photo courtesy of Walt Disney Records.

People magazine reports that Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife, Tish, are divorcing after 17 years of marriage.

“As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for our family,” they told the magazine in a statement. “We are trying to work through some personal matters. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers.”

Together, Billy Ray and Tish have five children — the most well-known being actress/pop star Miley Cyrus, with whom Billy Ray starred in the TV series and movie franchise, “Hannah Montana.” People reports divorce papers were filed today in Tennessee, citing irreconcilable differences.

Between his music — Billy Ray’s rock band, Brother Clyde, recently released their self-titled CD — and the new show he’s developing, ”UFO: Unbelievably Freakin’ Obvious” (to be co-hosted with his son Trace),  no doubt it was challenging to balance family schedules. Last year, Billy Ray stopped by GAC to answer fan questions, and had this to say about the difficulty of finding “alone time” with Tish:

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