Billy Ray + Tish Cyrus: Inside Their 28-Year Love Story


At the time, Tish was pregnant with a baby Miley Cyrus (originally named Destiny Hope) and Kristen was pregnant with Christopher Cody. Though Billy Ray financially helped Kristen and Christopher, who based themselves in South Carolina, he was fully focused on Tish. When she became pregnant the following year with their second child, Braison Cyrus, they tied the knot in 1993. 


According to Tish’s Instagram, the couple said “I do” in the living room of their Franklin, Tennessee home. Tish also had two children from a previous relationship, Trace and Brandi, who Billy Ray adopted. They were officially renamed “Brandi Cyrus” and “Trace Cyrus.” The couple also welcomed one more child together, youngest daughter Noah Cyrus, in 2000. 

In 2006, Billy Ray and his daughter Miley booked the roles of the lead father and daughter on the Disney Channel TV show, Hannah Montana. This moved the family from their Tennesee farm out to Los Angeles and Miley’s career skyrocketed. While the show also gave Billy Ray a chance to make a music comeback, Tish started focusing behind the scenes and became Miley’s manager. She also produced some of her daughter’s films including Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour, LOL, So Undercover and The Last Song, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel. 

Over the years, Tish and Billy Ray have both filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Once in 2010 and again in 2013, but both times they called it off.

“We both woke up and realized we love each other and decided we want to stay together. We both went into couples therapy something we haven’t done in 22 years of being together, and it’s brought us closer together and really opened up our communication in amazing ways,” Billy Ray’s rep told Us Weekly in 2013 after they called off divorce for the second time. 

“Tish also said marriage can be really hard especially after 22 years of being in entertainment. We’ve had rough times but we both realized we didn’t want to be another statistic and wanted to make it work.”

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