Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife Tish, the parents of teenage pop star Miley Cyrus, have filed for divorce in Tennessee after 17 years of marriage, the pair told People magazine on Wednesday.
"As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for our family," Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus said in a joint statement to the celebrity magazine. "We are trying to work through some personal matters. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers."
The couple have five children including Miley, who became a teen sensation on her "Hannah Montana" Disney Channel television series and has built on that success with a singing career. Billy Ray Cyrus has long enjoyed popularity in country music, and also appears on the "Hannah Montana" TV show.