One of the best-known performers in the American country music scene is Billy Ray Cyrus. He started playing music in the 1980s, and “Achy Breaky Heart” is his most famous song. As his career has developed and endured, Billy Ray Cyrus has gained a reputation as a heartbreaker.
Find out more about the fortunate women who managed to win the musician’s heart by reading on.
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Cynthia Smith (1986–1991)
Billy Ray Cyrus married Cindy Smith in 1986, at the very beginning of his career. Beginning in 1985, the couple had a brief relationship before being married in 1986. Smith contributed to the co-writing of two songs for Cyrus’ 1992 debut album, Some Gave All, while they were still married. The tracks “Where’m I Gonna Live?” and the album’s lead single, “Some Gave All,” were co-written with Smith’s assistance. After five years of marriage and just a few months before Billy Ray Cyrus’s debut album was released, the couple split in 1991.
Kristin Luckey (1991–19922 )
Billy Ray Cyrus reentered the dating scene following his divorce from Cindy Smith, especially in light of his recent solo success. He quickly started a brief relationship with Kristin Luckey. Before they became parents, the two were only romantically acquainted with one another for a short period of time. Christopher Cody, the first and only son of Luckey and Cyrus, was born in April 1992. Leticia “Tish” Finley gave birth to Billy Ray’s daughter Destiny Hope in December 1992, eight months later.
Billy Ray clarified misunderstandings and speculations around the births of his daughter Miley (born Destiny Hope) and son Christopher, who were only eight months apart, in a 2004 Primetime interview. He clarified that he was not married to either woman at the time of the conception of either child.
After some quiet discussion, Cyrus and Luckey decided against continuing their romantic relationship. Luckey went on to raise Christopher Cody in South Carolina, and Cyrus settled outside of Nashville, Tennessee.
Leticia “Tish” Cyrus (1991-2022)
After divorcing his first wife, Cindy Smith, Billy Ray Cyrus fell in love again quickly. Billy Ray started dating Tish Finley between 1991 and 1992 while also having a brief relationship with Kristin Luckey.
Soon after they started dating, Billy Ray had children with both ladies. Billy Ray’s first child, Destiny Hope Cyrus (often known as Miley Cyrus), was born to Tish in December 1992, and Kristin Luckey’s first child, Billy Ray’s first son, was taken to Kristin Luckey in April 1992. On December 28, 1993, despite the advice and wishes of his record label, Billy Ray and Tish married in Tennessee, one year later. Billy Ray, the lead singer of the band Metro Station, also adopted his wife Tish’s first two daughters from a previous relationship, Brandi and Trace.
After being adopted, Cyrus’ last name was given to both kids. Between the two, the couple has three kids: Miley, Braison Chance (born in 1994), and Noah Lindsey (born in 2000). The couple has a total of five children.
Billy Ray Cyrus and Tish Cyrus divorced on October 26, 2010, citing irreconcilable differences. The breakup became known the following day when Tish and Billy Ray each provided a statement to People magazine. Billy Ray and Tish stopped divorcing five months later, in March 2011, after it seemed that they had resolved their disagreements, as he announced on The View.
On June 13, 2013, divorce proceedings were initiated. This time, Tish filed for divorce under the same grounds—irreconcilable differences—as she had done three years before. A month later, it was revealed that the couple had sought couples counseling to save their union. Because the couple chose not to appear in court, the divorce action was dropped in 2017.
Since then, they have been married for about thirty years and still seem to be going strong.
The 61-year-old singer and actor Billy Ray Cyrus recently revealed he is engaged to Australian singer Firerose, 34.