Miley Cyrus' Parents Billy Ray, Tish Ending 17-Year Union 2Miley Cyrus‘s parents, Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus, have filed for divorce after 17 years of marriage.

“As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for our family,” Billy Ray, 49, and Tish, 43, said in a joint statement to People. “We are trying to work through some personal matters. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers.”

The couple, who have five children, including Disney teen sensation Miley, 17. The Cyruses filed for divorce Oct. 27, 2010 in their home state of Tennessee, citing irreconcilable differences.

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