Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus File for Divorce

/ October 27, 2010

Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus — parents of Miley Cyrus and four other Cyrus kids — have filed for divorce.

PEOPLE broke the news of the split, as the couple plans on going their separate ways after 17 years of marriage. In a statement to the magazine, the couple said it is currently “a very difficult time for our family,” and that they’re “trying to work through some personal matters. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers.”

Both Billy Ray and Tish have been instrumental in Miley’s success, serving as managers for the Hannah Montana starlet. Watch a clip of Billy Ray and Miley talking about their path to fame in this 20/20 interview: