Miley Cyrus's parents are working through "some personal matters," the couple tell PEOPLE

By People Staff
October 27, 2010 04:20 PM
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Miley Cyrus‘s parents, Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus, are divorcing after 17 years of marriage, they tell PEOPLE.

“As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for our family,” they say in a statement. “We are trying to work through some personal matters. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers.”

The couple have five children, including the pop star. Divorce papers were filed Wednesday in Tennessee citing irreconcilable differences.

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