Miley Cyrus’ father Billy Ray ‘got engaged’ to young singer Firerose months after splitting from wife and splitting up with daughter
THE course of true love never goes smoothly, but it’s been bumpier than an old town road for Billy Ray Cyrus.
I can reveal that the country star is in a relationship with the much younger singer Firerose – something that probably won’t sit well with her daughter Miley, singer of Party In The USA.
The couple are now believed to be engaged after she was spotted with a huge diamond ring – just five months after Billy announced his split from wife Tish after 28 years of marriage.
The couple released a song together last year called New Day and performed as a duet, which led to a growing closeness.
But the engagement is likely to cause further friction with Miley.
I told earlier this month how the father and daughter, who appeared side by side on the hit Disney series Hannah Montana, unfollowed on Instagram after a series of arguments.
There was confusion over whether Achy Breaky Heart singer Billy started seeing Firerose before announcing his split from Tish.
But Tish herself claimed in divorce proceedings that she and Billy had not lived under the same roof for more than two years – citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ for their separation – suggesting they had been separated for years before it was announced.
A source said: “Billy is happier than he has been in a long time with Firerose.
“There had been problems in his marriage for some time. He and Tish were on and off for the better part of a decade, but things had been over for a while before the announcement in April.
“Not everyone sees his decision to move forward so quickly in the same way.
“There was some tension with Miley, which is sad to see, but everyone hopes they can get over it soon enough. Luckily his other kids don’t have a problem with him and he’s just collaborated with his younger, Noah, on a song.
Billy’s team declined to comment when asked about the engagement.
I certainly know that family life isn’t always easy and arguments can get out of control.
But I hope Billy and Miley will be playing happy families again soon.
Kylie’s Pride in Songs
KYLIE Minogue is gearing up to return with new music – and I’m told she’ll be debuting at her first sold-out public concert in three years.
The Wow singer will headline the opening concert for WorldPride in Sydney on February 24.
And it will be a welcome return to the stage for the pop icon, who has decided against touring her No. 1 2020 album Disco over fears concerts will be canceled due to Covid.
A source said: “Kylie was never going to pass up Sydney WorldPride as she knows how much it means to her LGBTQ+ fans. She is planning a spectacular performance with music no one has heard yet.
Kylie will also headline the New Year’s Eve gala at Atlantis, The Palm, where she performed in 2008 when the resort opened in Dubai.
WET LEG TAKES INDIE HONOR
INDIE duo WET LEG have won the UK Independent Breakthrough title at the AIM Awards.
The ceremony, celebrating the best in independent music, at the Roundhouse in London last night featured performances from The Libertines and Lethal Bizzle.
Soul singer Cleo Sol won Best Independent Album for Mother, while Nova Twins’ Antagonist was named Best Independent Track.
American rapper Blxst has won the International Breakthrough award.
Foos returns to bass
PINK stole the show at the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert in Los Angeles.
The gig, which lasted until the wee hours of yesterday morning, saw the Foo Fighters stage a huge tribute concert in honor of the drummer who died suddenly in March.
During the concert, Pink joined The Foo’s and Queen to sing their 1976 hit Somebody to Love and later sang The Pretender with the American band, led by Dave Grohl.
Miley Cyrus also appeared with the Foo’s and Def Leppard to perform their 1983 song Photograph, while Taylor’s son Justin performed four songs with his father’s side project band The Coattail Riders.
Elliott Easton of the Cars also performed at the Kia Forum Electric Concert in Los Angeles, as well as Alanis Morrisette and drummer Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
On the night, Blink-182’s Travis Baker and The Runaways founder Joan Jett also performed – with Dave’s daughter Violet opening the show with a haunting rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
Uptown Billy Concert
BILLY Joel has signed up to perform at BST Hyde Park next summer as his only European appearance of the year.
The music legend, behind the songs Piano Man, We Didn’t Start The Fire and Uptown Girl, will perform on July 7, with tickets going on sale next Thursday.
To warm up fans, his concert film Live At Yankee Stadium, shot in 1990, hits theaters on October 5 and 9.
Ayra meets her destiny
AYRA Starr is one of Africa’s most promising musical talents – and now she’s gotten a boost by collaborating with Kelly Rowland.
The rising Nigerian singer has teamed up with the Destiny’s Child star for a new version of her track Bloody Samaritan, after Kelly reached out and said she loved the song.
In her first interview with a British newspaper, Ayra told Bizarre: “She did a video to my song Fashion Killer, so we were cool from there.
“Then someone posted a video of the song playing and tagged it saying, ‘Kelly wants to hop on a remix’. Then Kelly reposted it like, ‘Yeah Ayra let’s do it .’ I was in Lagos at my mum’s house doing the dishes so it was like a dream.
“Before I go on stage, I watch Destiny’s Child perform because I want to soak up that energy.
“Then when Kelly reached out and said she wanted to be on the remix, that was the best thing ever.”
The original version of the song has already racked up 31 million views, so I expect big things from Ayra – and not just in the pop world.
She added: “I always knew I was going to do music at some point. I was modeling for the money. I was told I was too small to be a model, but I I said, “Look at me!” and I did.
Hailey intervenes in cheating allegations
HAILEY Bieber has finally broken her silence on claims that she stole her ex Selena Gomez’s husband Justin.
When asked if she had met the Canadian superstar before their split, model Hailey replied, “No, not once. That’s not my character.
Justin had a brief romance with Hailey in 2016 before they started dating properly after his relationship with Selena ended in July 2018.
The couple married two months later.
Hailey, who was pictured this week enjoying Paris Fashion Week in a hot pink mini skirt, added: “A lot of the hate comes from ‘Oh you stole it’ . . . but this is not the case.”
Dark enough for Liam
ALTHOUGH he still has a legion of fans hanging on his every word, Liam Gallagher may not be as popular with the celebrity friends who have invested in his flop fashion label Pretty Green.
It was eventually liquidated – and left the singer’s investors a total of £11m out of pocket.
Friends of the former Oasis man who pumped money into the brand – including alumni english footballer Joe Cole, Prodigy rocker Liam Howlett and former Reading striker Dave Kitson – received only paltry feedback.
Cole’s estimated £50,000 stake in Pretty Green will have shrunk to just £450. Reimbursing Howlett and Kitson out of £250,000, they both spent around £2,250. Ouch!
I am told that the insolvency experts informed the creditors of the bad news. Pretty Green first ran into trouble in 2019 and if Liam thought it was painful then, I’d hate to see how much he’s squirming now.
But brother Noel might just be delighted to learn that he won’t be getting any more presents from Pretty Green.
He previously revealed that Liam gifted him and their Oasis bandmates a kit.
But he said: ‘I went straight to the charity shop and left it in the doorway. He became crazy. He said, “If you didn’t want it, you should have just said you didn’t want it”.
“It was on Barnardo’s shop mannequin a month before it launched.”