Tish Cyrus filed for divorce from Billy Ray Cyrus for the third (and hopefully last) time

Don’t yell at me but I truly thought that Tish and Billy Ray Cyrus had been divorced for years? Tish and Billy Ray’s marriage has been on the rocks for a while, and before this month, they’ve already been through two cycles of filing-for-divorce and reconciling. They last reconciled in 2013 following Tish’s divorce filing, and I tend to believe that while they “reconciled” on paper, they’ve been living separately for years. Well, third time’s the charm. Tish filed for divorce again:

Tish Cyrus has filed for divorce from Billy Ray Cyrus, after nearly 30 years of marriage. According to court records, Tish filed docs in Tennessee last week, they have 5 kids together including Miley and Noah Cyrus. Noah is the youngest at 22 years old, so there is no need for a judge to figure out custody of any minor children.

In the divorce docs, obtained by TMZ, Tish says the couple hasn’t lived together for more than 2 years … and lists “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split. She’s asking the court to equally distribute all marital assets.

This is the third time the couple has filed for divorce. Billy Ray filed in 2010, that was called off, and in 2013 Tish filed … though that was called off a short time later as well. Tish and Billy Ray got married in 1993 in their living room in Franklin, Tennessee. Miley followed in mom and dad’s footsteps when she and Liam Hemsworth got married in the same spot in 2018. Miley and Liam finalized their divorce in January 2020.

[From TMZ]

As I said, they’ve been living separately for a while. I bet they’ve been apart for a lot longer than two years. Tish and Billy Ray ended up issuing a joint statement a few hours after the news came out:

“It is after 30 years, five amazing children and a lifetime of memories, we have decided to go our separate ways — not with sadness, but with love in our hearts,” reads a joint statement issued by the couple via a family representative exclusively to PEOPLE. “We have grown up together, raised a family we can be so proud of, and it is now time to create our own paths. We will always be family and look forward to a continued and loving shared experience as friends and parents. We have not come to this decision lightly or quickly but with so much going on in the world, we wanted to provide some clarity and closure, so we can remain focused on what is important. With Love and Hope… Tish and Billy Ray Cyrus.”

[From People]

I double-checked the ages for Cyrus children, and it’s true, they’re all adults. Noah is the youngest, and she’s 22 years old. Miley is 29, Christopher is 30, Trace is 33, Braison is 27, Brandi is 34. And let’s be clear, Tish was the one raising the kids. They’re all very attached to her. Billy Ray has always gone off and done his own thing.

Photos courtesy of Instagram, Avalon Red.

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  1. Swack says:

    Third tines a charm!

  2. BB says:

    I’m shivering reading those five kids ages. Tish must be some sort of superhero.

    • Cherry says:

      What do you mean? They have 5 kids aged 34-33-30-27-22. Seems like a fairly healthy age difference, or am I missing something?

      • BB says:

        I picture taking care alone of a 4 yo, a 3 yo and a newborn at the same time. Sounds hellish to me.

      • SnarcasmQueen says:

        Uhm, Google is telling me that in 1994, a year after they marry, she brings home a baby into a house that already has a 6 year old, a 5 year old, and a 2 year old.

        That same year, Billy Ray does 54 tour dates.

        That absolutely sounds like some superhero shit.

      • Songs (Or It Didn't Happen) says:

        Christopher, who is 30, wasn’t raised by Tish and Billy. He’s Billy’s child with a different mother and lived in South Carolina (although I’m sure he visited and spent time with them).

    • AMA1977 says:

      Wait, so, BR just had a baby with another woman smack-dab in the middle of the children he had with his wife?? Different strokes for different folks, but in my world that’s a deal-breaker.

      • Songs (Or It Didn't Happen) says:

        The two oldest kids, Brandi and Trace, are Tish’s from another relationship. Billy Ray had Christopher with one woman and Miley with Tish in very short succession. He then married Tish, adopted her older children, and they had Braison and Noah later.

  3. damejudi says:

    Divorce is brutal, and I can’t imagine going through one with a famous entertainer. Hoping that if they’ve been living separately, they’ve figured out how to navigate family time so that it’s not stressful.

    Ex and I were divorced 6 years ago when my son was 14 (I know, much younger than the Cyrus offspring), and he still gets anxious about dividing his time between me and his dad.

    Love Tish’s just at the shoulders hair in the top pic-someone please send it to Katie Keen stat!

  4. Maria says:

    This news made me sad! I thought they were a nice couple with a long lasting marriage.
    It does seem odd that he’s missing from that Christmas picture but during covid times you never know.

  5. Songs (Or It Didn't Happen) says:

    That Christmas photo is a very sweet family pic, although I wonder whose bébé that is.

  6. Willow says:

    First filed for divorce in 2010? So how long have they been fighting so bad that they thought about divorce? 22 years? My parents fought bad for 3 years BEFORE the divorce and they thought they ‘hid’ it from us. That is such a toxic situation for the entire family, adult children included. There are times when ‘fighting for your marriage’ is not worth it.

  7. LeonsMomma says:

    A friend worked on a project with Miley back in 2010. He liked Tish, but Billy Rae was nowhere to be found and whenever his presence reared its head (phone call) it caused stress.. When he showed up, finally, he said Billy Rae was all about Billy Rae. (On a side note: he liked working with Miley).

  8. HeyKay says:

    Billy Ray is giving his best Blue Steel/Zoolander looks in these photos. lol
    That is all I came to say.

  9. Trish says:

    Tish can do a lot better. Go on girl, take half. She deserves it putting up with Billy Ray all these years. Can’t be easy.