Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus have announced that they will be divorcing after 17 years of marriage.
Citing irreconcilable differences the couple issued a statement: "As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for our family… We appreciate your thoughts and prayers".
Billy Ray is reportedly seeking joint custody of the three children the couple have together, including Miley, the 17-year old star of Hannah Montana.
When the couple married in 1993 the 46-year old country music singer adopted Tish's two children from a previous marriage as well as bringing his own son from a former relationship to the family.
His union with Tish was the Achy Breaky Heart singer's second marriage.
He was previously married to Cindy Smith from 1986 to 1991.
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