Miley Cyrus 'Not Taking Sides' in Parents' Divorce
Sorry, drama-mongers; Miley Cyrus won't be providing you with any ammo as her parents proceed with their divorce.
A source close to the "Can't Be Tamed" songbird reveals to People magazine that Cyrus is remaining neutral in the wake of Billy Ray Cyrus and Tish Cyrus' split, and doesn't plan on airing her family's dirty laundry in public:
"Miley is not taking any sides on this...She's trying to keep everything private while her family works through this."
The source does say, however, that the 17-year-old "has been upset recently."
Cyrus' approach is a wise one, according to psychiatrist Dr. Charles Sophy. Contacted by Celebuzz last week, Sophy counseled that teens in Miley's position should avoid gravitating toward a particular parent:
“If they feel they're being pulled into things by one parent or the other, they need to try to redirect. I know it's tough with all of the talking about each other, but trying to ping pong is only going to hurt the children more.”
Besides, the rest of the world—or at least the tabloid industry—seems intent on providing the drama on Miley's behalf; a report surfaced earlier this week that Billy Ray and Tish had split because the latter had taken up an affair with Miley's musical collaborator and Rock of Love star Bret Michaels. Michaels' rep categorically denied the rumor to Celebuzz on Tuesday, calling it "completely unfounded and a complete fabrication."
Billy Ray and Tish filed for divorce after 17 years of marriage late last month. At the time of the filing, the couple issued a statement noting that they're "trying to work through personal matters."