Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus splitAfter 17 years of marriage, Miley Cyrus' parents, Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus, are divorcing. Divorce papers were filed Wednesday in Tennessee citing irreconcilable differences.

"As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for our family," they said in a statement (via PEOPLE).

"We are trying to work through some personal matters. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers."

In the divorce papers filed Tuesday, Billy Ray seeks to "share the care, custody and control" of the three minor children he has with wife Tish: Miley, who turns 18 in November, Braison, 16, and Noah, 10. (The pair have three older children from previous relationships).

The pair began dating in 1991 and secretly married on December 28, 1993 at his home near Nashville, Tennessee. Billy Ray has one previous marriage to Cindy Smith, a sales representative he met while touring in Ohio. They divorced in 1991.