No one-- not even Bret Michaels--saw coming the sudden split between Miley Cyrus' parents. So in theory it's quite possible that Tish and Billy Ray Cyrus managed to reunite under the same cloak of secrecy.
In addition to Hollywood Life digging up some curious timing in the divorce filing, no less an authority than Star magazine (ahem) took it upon themselves to trumpet forth word of the reconciliation on the cover of this week's issue, announcing that they're "back together." And "Miley's thrilled!"
Indeed, Cyrus seems to have put that whole bong mess behind her in record speed and has already been spotted all smiles and hugs on the set of her new film. So, did her parents give her something to smile about? Is Miley's family life getting a Disney-perfect ending? Hold onto your alimony checks, this rumor is...
"They're not at all officially back together," a source close to the family tells E! News.
But all is not lost--Billy Ray and Tish may not be reconciling, but they're doing their best to steer clear of the acrimony that so often plagues exes.
Tish recently returned to Nashville and, while there, spent some time with her estranged hubby.
"Tish was there for the holidays and they were hanging out," the source said, noting again that despite this show of civility, the former duo remains decidedly uncoupled.
It may not be a fairy-tale ending, but it certainly seems to be as good a one as any exes could hope for.
--Reporting by Ken Baker