July 23, 2013: Billy Ray Cyrus Calls Off Divorce For The Second Time
Known for years for being the country music superstar responsible for the song “Achy Breaky Heart,” Billy Ray Cyrus is perhaps now better known for being the father of actress and pop star Miley Cyrus. It’s his hit song, however, which reflects on the singer’s attitude towards his marriage these past few years.
While he filed for divorce from his wife Lieticia “Tish” Cyrus on October 26, 2010, the musician withdrew his petition in March of the following year. It wasn’t too long, however, before Cyrus filed for divorce again, this time on June 13, 2013.
Just yesterday Billy Ray and Tish announced that they would not be getting divorced after all, having undergone couple’s therapy to reconcile with one another and save their marriage. Cyrus’ rep reported that the two “woke up and realized [they] love each other and decided [they] want to stay together.”
The reason for his first time seeking divorce can be traced back to his daughter Miley’s success as the breakout star of the immensely popular Hannah Montana Disney TV series. He went on to state that it was not the show itself that was the cause of strain on their family, but fame.
Billy Ray married Tish 20 years ago in December 1993. The two have five children in addition to Miley: two sons Noah and Braison from their own marriage, son and daughter Trace and Brandi from Tish’s first marriage, and son Christopher from Cyrus’ first marriage.
Billy Ray and Tish’s decision to continue their marriage speaks to their dedication to each other as well as to their mixed family. Both have had their own experiences with divorce, and through choosing to take part in counseling prove its effectiveness when the couple wants to make things work.
As far as “Achy Breaky Heart” goes, the song consists of the singer pleading for his lover not to tell his heart that she’s leaving him. When it comes to his marriage in real life, it looks like Billy Ray Cyrus’ feelings are in line with the the song: he’s not willing to give up on things just yet.