Billy Ray Cyrus announces engagement to singer Firerose, 27 years his junior


Billy Ray Cyrus confirmed on Wednesday that he is engaged to singer Firerose.

Speculation about the couple’s relationship status began in October, after Cyrus shared a photo showing a diamond ring on Firerose’s hand.

Cyrus, 61, and Firerose, 34, first met 12 years ago while filming “Hannah Montana,” he revealed in a new interview with People magazine.

“There are some old pines on the lot that look like Tennessee,” he recalled to the outlet. “Tex (his dog) and I were going there in the middle of the day and he was minding his business and we were stretching and I was thinking how much I missed Tennessee. That day Firerose came by the front door. There was almost a moment of, I don’t know, recognition. I was like, ‘This girl is a star.'”

“She told me she had an audition and I said, ‘Well, I’m sure you got the job.'”

Billy Ray Cyrus first sparked engagement rumors after sharing a photo showing a diamond ring on Firerose’s hand.
(Instagram: Billy Ray Cyrus)

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Firerose and Billy Ray Cyrus recorded music together.

Firerose and Billy Ray Cyrus recorded music together.
(Instagram: Billy Ray Cyrus)

Although Firerose didn’t get the role she auditioned for that day, Cyrus introduced her to a handful of industry producers.

“I was just thinking, well, the casting agents, the producers, the writers, they’re all on the floor where we do ‘Hannah Montana.’ but in this case, Tex will testify that you will be completely safe. I’ll introduce you to a producer and you can make yourself at home and watch us rehearse and you know, that might lead to a role or just another contact at Disney. And so, me and her and Tex went back into the studio and I think she met a lot of the actors and met the producers, the writers. And, in some ways, well, in many ways, we became friends.

Cyrus finally asked Firerose to be more than friends after he and his ex-wife Tish filed for divorce for the third time. News of the divorce broke in April, and Firerose moved in with Cyrus soon after.

Tish Cyrus filed for divorce in April.

Tish Cyrus filed for divorce in April.
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In August, Cyrus proposed.

“Billy looked at me and said, ‘Do you, do you want to marry me?’ And I was just like, ‘Of course I do. I love you,'” Firerose recalled.

“He said, ‘I love you. I want to make it official. I want to be with you forever,'” she added.

Throughout Cyrus’ relationship with Firerose, rumors surfaced that the “Achy Breaky Heart” singer and his kids with Tish didn’t get along. Cyrus and Tish, who have been married for 30 years, share five children together; Brandi, Trace, Miley, Braison and Noah.

Miley was reportedly closer to her mother during this time.

Billy Ray Cyrus and Tish Cyrus share five children together, including Miley pictured here with her parents.

Billy Ray Cyrus and Tish Cyrus share five children together, including Miley pictured here with her parents.
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“The divorce between his parents has strained his relationship with his father, and it has been difficult to communicate with him over the past year,” a source previously told E! New. “She hopes they can eventually work on their relationship.”

However, Cyrus stressed in the new interview that there were no hard feelings between him and the family after the divorce.

“Everyone knew that relationship was long over,” Cyrus said. “Everyone is moving on. It’s a lot, but everyone knew it was time for a change.”

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