It's an old country song that music lovers and divorce attorneys in Pasadena alike are way too familiar with. In said sad ballad, the country singer loses the house, the job, the dog and the wife. While Grammy winner Randy Travis and his fellow divorcing country music star colleague Billy Ray Cyrus are unlikely to lose it all, they have both certainly lost the wife. Last week, Travis announced he and his long-term manager and wife of 19 years were officially divorced. The news came on heels of Cyrus' news that he and his wife also are breaking up.
After nearly 20 years of marriage, the 51-year-old Travis and his manager/wife Elizabeth "Lib" Travis released a statement saying their divorce had been finalized late last week. Without an official mention of separation or whispers of a breakup, the Travises quietly petitioned for divorce in Santa Fe, New Mexico, some time ago. According to court papers obtained by the Associated Press, "a state of incompatibility exists between the two parties." Travis often has credited his now-former wife as having saved his life and career after she rescued him from prison. The couple has no children together.
Elsewhere, "Achy Breaky Heart" singer Cyrus and wife Tish told People magazine last week that they have filed for divorce. The couple, known amongst the tween set as the parents of Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus, has been married for 17 years. Cyrus rose to fame in the 1990s and later was later thrust into the spotlight starring opposite his daughter on her hit Disney channel show. Although the couple has cited irreconcilable differences, Miley reportedly has been offered $100,000 to talk to the press about what really caused her parents to break up. Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus recently faced criticism from parents groups and fans after Miley released a racy video for her latest single.