October 27, 2010 at 09:17 PM EDT

Billy Ray Cyrus and wife Tish — parents to Miley Cyrus — have filed for divorce Wednesday in Tennessee after 17 years together, People reports. The couple, who has five children, cited irreconcilable differences. “As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for our family,” they said in a statement. “We are trying to work through some personal matters. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers.”

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