Thursday, 28 October 2010

Miley Cyrus's siblings rally around their heartbroken mother as Billy Ray files for divorce


Support: Tish Cyrus was comforted by son Braison Chance and daughter Noah as she arrived at a lawyer's office in LA today

Miley Cyrus's siblings are seen here rallying around their mother as it emerged her 17-year marriage to country singer Billy Ray Cyrus is over.

Leticia Cyrus, who goes by the nickname Tish, was comforted by her son Braison, 16, and daughter Noah, 10, as she arrived at a lawyer's office in Los Angeles yesterday.

The 43-year-old blonde, who was not wearing her wedding ring, was showing the strain as she hid her eyes behind dark sunglasses.

Gone: Tish has removed her diamond wedding ring, seen right with a jewellery-free hand and a tattoo on her wedding finger

There was no sign of the 17-year-old Hannah Montana star, who was spotted dining with friends at the Bourgeois Pig restaurant in Los Feliz the night before.

Billy Ray, 49, famous for the 1992 hit Achy Breaky Heart, filed papers today in Tennessee citing irreconcilable differences.

'As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for our family,' the couple said in a joint statement to People magazine.

'We are trying to work through some personal matters. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers.'

Showing the strain: Tish appeared to be holding back tears following the news her 17-year marriage is over

Billy Ray is seeking shared custody of the couple's three minor children - Miley, Braison and Noah.

Documents show he is also asking for an 'equitable distribution of the marital estate.'

Billy Ray adopted Tish's two children from a previous marriage, Trace, 21, now a singer and guitarist, and Brandi, 23.

He also has a son, Christopher Cody, 18, from a previous relationship with Kristin Luckey.

Miley became a teen sensation on her Hannah Montana Disney Channel television series.

Country music star Billy Ray also appears on the Hannah Montana TV show.

All American family: Billy Ray and Tish with (from left) Miley, Brandi, Braison, Trace and Noah (front)

In the show, Miley portrayed Hannah Montana, a normal teenager by day, but really a singing star by night. As the wholesome programme grew in popularity, Cyrus followed in her father's footsteps to build a career as a singer.

The teenager became a huge star for young women and released solid albums such as Best of Both Worlds and Breakout.

But as Miley, who turns 18 years-old next month, grew older, she became the subject of some public scorn for sexualizing her squeaky clean image as Hannah Montana first in a racy Vanity Fair photo shoot and then showing some raunchy dance movies in videos.

Family drama: Miley dined with friends at the Bourgeois Pig restaurant in Los Feliz on the eve of her parents' announcement

Billy Ray has staunchly defended his daughter in the face of criticism. He broke into the music world with his 1992 hit Achy Breaky Heart.

While several albums and numerous songs followed, Billy Ray seemed destined to be a one-hit wonder.

But he enjoyed a career revival starring alongside his daughter on the Hannah Montana TV show, portraying her father.

Out and about: Tish's daughter, and Billy Ray's stepdaughter, Brandi stepped out in Los Angeles after the announcement

source: dailymail

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