Miley Cyrus‘ parents, Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus, are divorcing after 19 years of marriage. The couple confirmed the news on Thursday.
According to People, Tish filed for divorce from her singer husband on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court citing irreconcilable differences. They have five children together, including 20-year-old Miley. She’s looking for primary custody of their daughter, Noah, 13, as well as spousal support.
“This is a personal matter and we are working to find a resolution that is in the best interest of our family. We ask that you respect our privacy at this time,” she said in a statement.
In his own statement, Billy Ray added, “This is a personal matter and we are doing what is in the best interest of our family. We ask that you respect our privacy at this time.” Sources tell E! News that he has also filed paperwork in Nashville. Billy Ray is best known for his 1992 hit “Achy Breaky Heart,” but re-launched his career and kickstarted Miley’s with the hit Disney show “Hannah Montana.”
This isn’t the first time Miley’s parents have split up. The couple separated in October 2010 , but in March 2011, they confirmed they were reconciling . “I dropped the divorce,” he said on “The View.” “I wanted to put my family back together.”
Miley is currently readying her 2013 album release. Last week she dropped the Mike Will Made It-produced party jam, “We Can’t Stop.” And she’s hit the studio with a myriad of hip-hop superstars, including Future, who spoke to MTV News about getting the singer to open up on the album.
“The songs I did with her [are] very touching. Certain days it’s about money, partying and vibing and some days [it's about needing] somebody to stand by you and hold you down,” Future explained. “Certain days you wanna know if the love that you’re with is really true, and one song we got is basically around all those subject matters.”