Billy Ray Cyrus is over his “Achy Breaky Heart.”
The 61-year-old singer and actor has announced his engagement to 34-year-old Australian singer Firerose.
“She’s the real deal,” Cyrus told People magazine.
The happy news comes after his ex-wife Tish Cyrus filed for divorce in April after 28 years of marriage. According to his presentation, they had not lived together for two years.
Billy Ray Cyrus said there are no hard feelings about the split from the wife with whom he shares five children: sons Trace, 33, and Braison, 28, and daughters Brandi, 35, Miley, 29, and Noah (22). .
“Everybody knew that this relationship was over a long time ago,” he said. “Everyone is turning the page. It’s been a long time, but everyone knew it was time for a change.”
As he explains, he and Firerose met 12 years ago when she was at Disney Studios for an audition and went over to say hello to Cyrus’ dog, Tex. The star offered to take her to the set of her daughter Miley’s hit show, “Hannah Montana” to meet people. He and Firerose kept in touch afterwards.
She asked him to listen to her music and their friendship turned into a creative partnership. The release of the single “New Day” in July 2021.
Firerose was there for him, he said, during the height of the pandemic and when his mother Ruth Ann Casto died four months after their divorce.
“Suddenly, the life I’ve always known as a touring artist no longer existed. A time of so many changes. And at the same time, Firerose, who had been so light of positivity, a best friend,” he said. “And then when we started sharing music, it evolved more, like musical soul mates, into soul mates, a happy and pure love that for me, I didn’t know could exist.”
He moved to his farm in Franklin, Tenn., earlier this summer and the couple became engaged in August a few weeks before his mother died.
He and Firerose have now released a new single, titled “Time”.
“I’ve spent my life worrying about things that are out of my control,” Cyrus said. “But at this point in my life, knowing that all you really have is the happiness you feel inside your mind and your heart.