Untangling the Rift Dividing Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus and Family

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Originally appeared on E! Online

No question, Miley Cyrus had a banger of a time at the 2024 Grammys.

After racking up eight nominations over the course of her career, she finally won two—Best Pop Vocal Performance and Record of the Year—for her mega-hit "Flowers." The Feb. 4 ceremony also doubled as a date night for Miley and boyfriend Maxx Morando and a family outing with mom Tish Cyrus and sister Brandi Cyrus.

But we can't help but ask, why did Miley thank her mother and sibling during her Record of the Year acceptance and then so pointedly add, "I don't think I forgot anyone—but I might've forgotten underwear. Bye!"?

Miley comes from a big family and has a slew of friends and artistic collaborators she could've spent five minutes thanking, so you can't expect a girl to namecheck everyone when she's only got 45 seconds to communicate a lifetime of appreciation.

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Which is probably why she followed up the morning of Feb. 5 with a lengthy Instagram post once again thanking Tish and Brandi, as well as her godmother Dolly Parton, Grammy presenter Mariah Carey for "being so iconic," her fans and many more.

"My lover, my momos, my friends, my collaborators , @kidharpoon @tylersamj @pollackmusic @aldaelong , every single person who made this song and album possible!" she wrote. "My team (a little extra love to the glam team) , Bill Sobel who is my hero and doesn't have Instagram so will probably never see this, Crush Music , Olivia + FANMADE, Ron Perry and all of Columbia records."

For the record, Miley also noted in a subsequent post, "PS I was only kidding…. I had on matching custom @gucci panties."

Brandi Cyrus, Maxx Morando, Miley Cyrus, Tish Cyrus, 2024 Grammys
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But notably missing from both of her speeches and all posts from the day after was any mention of her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, who did help his daughter get her start back in the day when they starred on Hannah Montana together. More recently, he swapped vows with Australian singer Firerose and Miley did not attend their October nuptials.

E! News reached out to a rep for Billy Ray to see if he had any comment on Miley's big night and has not yet heard back.

While Miley isn't exactly a shrinking violet and her candor about some things is legendary, she's stayed pretty mum about any issues with her immediate family—and some have sprouted since she made an appearance with both of her then-still-together parents at the Grammys five years ago.

Here's a guide to the once extremely tight-knit Cyrus family and why some members aren't as close as they used to be:

<p>How the Cyrus Family Started</p>

<p>How the Cyrus Family Started</p>


<p>When the "Achy Breaky Heart" singer married Tish, he adopted her daughter <a href="https://www.eonline.com/news/1064757/brandi-cyrus-breaks-silence-on-sister-miley-s-split-from-liam-hemsworth-i-m-here-for-her-obviously?query=brandi%20cyrus" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Brandi Cyrus;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><strong>Brandi Cyrus</strong></a> (born May 26, 1987) and son <a href="https://www.eonline.com/news/trace_cyrus" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Trace Cyrus;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><strong>Trace Cyrus</strong></a> (Feb. 24, 1989), whose biological father is their mom's ex-husband <strong>Baxter Helson</strong>.</p>


<p>Trish and Billy Ray's youngest, daughter <a href="https://www.eonline.com/news/noah_cyrus" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Noah Cyrus;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><strong>Noah Cyrus</strong></a>, was born Jan. 8, 2000.</p>

Trish and Billy Ray's youngest, daughter Noah Cyrus, was born Jan. 8, 2000.


<p>Father-Daughter Stardom</p>

<p>Father-Daughter Stardom</p>


<p>Where There's Smoke...</p>

<p>Where There's Smoke...</p>


<p>Miley Starts Over</p>

<p>Miley Starts Over</p>


<p>The Family Tree Keeps Growing</p>

<p>The Family Tree Keeps Growing</p>


<p>Billy Ray and Tish Split Up for Good</p>

<p>Billy Ray and Tish Split Up for Good</p>


<p>"It is after 30 years, five amazing children and a lifetime of memories, we have decided to go our separate ways—not with sadness, but with love in our hearts," Tish and Billy Ray <a href="https://www.eonline.com/news/1326901/miley-cyrus-parents-billy-ray-and-tish-speak-out-on-their-divorce" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:told People;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">told <em>People</em></a> in a statement. "We have grown up together, raised a family we can be so proud of, and it is now time to create our own paths."</p> <p>The exes noted that they hadn't come to the decision to split up for good "lightly or quickly," adding, "We will always be family and look forward to a continued and loving shared experience as friends and parents."</p>


<p>Billy Ray Cyrus Moves on With Firerose</p>

<p>Billy Ray Cyrus Moves on With Firerose</p>


<p>Tish Cyrus Finds Love With Dominic Purcell</p>

<p>Tish Cyrus Finds Love With Dominic Purcell</p>


<p>"To see my mom this happy and in love is very emotional for me," Miley told <em>Vogue </em>last summer ahead of her mom's wedding. "Dom and my mom share the sweetest, most genuine love. It's almost like it's for the first time, which is so fitting for my mom who is such a young soul."</p>

"To see my mom this happy and in love is very emotional for me," Miley told Vogue last summer ahead of her mom's wedding. "Dom and my mom share the sweetest, most genuine love. It's almost like it's for the first time, which is so fitting for my mom who is such a young soul."


<p>As for her dad's next chapter, however, a source close to Miley <a href="https://www.eonline.com/news/1351309/how-miley-cyrus-feels-amid-dad-billy-ray-cyrus-relationship-with-firerose" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:told E! News;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">told E! News</a> in October 2022 that she wasn't in love with it and didn't have a relationship with her future stepmom.</p> <p>"The divorce between her parents put a strain on her relationship with her dad and it's been hard to connect with him in the last year," the source said. "She hopes they can eventually work on their relationship."</p> <p>Billy Ray <a href="https://people.com/country/billy-ray-cyrus-says-theres-no-hard-feelings-within-family-over-firerose-engagement/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:told People;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">told <em>People</em></a> that November, however, that his family had "no hard feelings" about his engagement.</p> <p>"Everybody's turning the page," he said. "It's been a lot, but everyone knew that it was time for a change."</p> <p>He and Firerose <a href="https://www.eonline.com/news/1387651/billy-ray-cyrus-marries-firerose-in-beautiful-joyous-ceremony" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:got married;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">got married</a> on Oct. 10, 2023, calling it the "beautiful, joyous day that our two souls united as one in holy matrimony."</p>


<p>Where the Family Stands Now</p>

<p>Where the Family Stands Now</p>