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Billy Ray Cyrus and Wife Tish File for Divorce

Miley Cyrus's parents, Billy Ray Cyrus & Wife, File for Divorce
Tish and Billy Ray Cyrus
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updated 10/27/2010 AT 06:20 PM EDT

originally published 10/27/2010 AT 04:20 PM EDT

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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