Firerose speaks out as Billy Ray Cyrus split turns nasty

Billy Ray Cyrus and Sydney-born singer Firerose split after just seven months of marriage on May 23
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Before Billy Ray Cyrus and Sydney-born singer Firerose split after just seven months of marriage on May 23, the pair started their relationship as collaborators, releasing the song ‘New Day’ in July 2021.

“It is a song of hope for a new day,” Firerose told Main Street Nashville in August 2021. “I hope that the song that we wrote together can bring a glimmer of joy to peoples’ days, even if it is not completely yet a new day for everyone.”

Billy Ray Cyrus and Firerose on a stage.
Billy Ray filed for divorce after seven months of marriage. (Credit: Getty)

Now, Cyrus, who cited irreconcilable differences and inappropriate marital conduct in his divorce filing and is seeking annulment on the grounds of fraud, is gunning for a new dawn as a single man.

“He is more relieved every day that he’s done with his marriage,” a source close to the ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ singer, 62, told People. “He believes she only married him for financial and other reasons. He’s convinced that she didn’t marry him for love.”

Inside Billy Ray Cyrus’ marriage split

On June 13, Cyrus filed an emergency motion in a Tennessee court seeking a temporary restraining order keeping Firerose, 37, away from any “unauthorised” use of his funds. Firerose, whose legal name is Johanna Rose Hodges, then filed a counter-complaint on June 14, claiming Cyrus had been abusive during their time together.

“Wife was the victim of extreme verbal, emotional, and psychological abuse,” Firerose’s attorneys reportedly wrote in the complaint. “Wife was subjected to Husband’s persistent drug use accompanied with the consumption of marijuana, which made Husband unpredictable and volatile towards Wife.”

Billy Ray Cyrus and Firerose standing outside.
(Credit: Instagram)

The legal papers also allege Firerose, who had been diagnosed as a carrier of the BRCA1 gene mutation, was “ambushed” by divorce papers the day before her scheduled preventative double mastectomy and reconstruction surgery, and that she was placed “into an emotional and psychological prison” in the weeks prior to the procedure.

“When Wife would attempt to voice certain concerns, Husband would often call her a ‘selfish f–king b—h’ and continually alleged that she was using him,” the complaint reads.

Before Firerose, Cyrus was married to Tish Cyrus for almost three decades, having five children together: daughters Miley, Noah and Brandi, as well as sons Trace and Braison.

On June 17, he filed a supplemental complaint alleging Firerose had conducted a “campaign to isolate” him and “blocked at least one of his daughters” from being able to contact him on his phone or devices.

Miley Cyrus with dad Billy and mum Tish. (Credit: Getty)

The new claim also alleges Firerose left him a note reading, “I miss you more than I can possibly explain in words Baby. Please let’s work this out and not become anything but closer out of this hellish experience.

I need you. I love you. I am so sorry.” Cyrus’ lawyers argue the alleged note undercuts her claims of abuse, telling the Daily Mail that her legal claims “are especially confusing and suspicious in its veracity since she begged Mr Cyrus to forgive her and take her back only two days after he filed his pleadings to dissolve his marriage”.

Firerose fired back in an interview with Page Six, claiming, “Billy had very strict rules. I didn’t have a car. I was only allowed to go to the local chiropractor and allowed once a month to get my nails done … it was systematic isolation and I couldn’t find the courage to leave.”

Cyrus has alluded to his desire for a new day in an Instagram post sharing an image of another handwritten note – one from Johnny Cash offering him encouragement when he shot to fame in 1992.

“I made a promise to myself not to look back,” Cyrus captioned the image. “And only look forward.”

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