Posted Mon, January 3, 2011 2:35pm EDT

Exclusive Pics: Billy Ray & Tish Cyrus Spotted Together! Is Their Divorce On Hold For Miley's Sake?

Posted Mon, January 3, 2011 2:35pm EDT

An eyewitness tells HollywoodLife.com the couple ‘snuggled up’ during a family lunch on New Year’s Eve!

Hollywood was rocked in October when 49-year-old Billy Ray Cyrus and wife Tish announced they were ending their 18 year marriage — but photos have surfaced from a Dec. 31 lunch in Tennessee, and we’re wondering if Billy Ray and Tish are on the road to reconciliation.

A source tells HollywoodLife.com that Billy Ray and Tish — along with daughter Noah Cyrus, son Braison and a few friends — dined on pizza at the Mellow Mushroom in downtown Franklin, Tenn., and the meal seemed “totally casual.”

Billy Ray was trying to be incognito in sunglasses, but his mullet gives him away,” our source tells us. “They were all in bright spirits, laughing and smiling. They were dining in a booth. Tish and Billy Ray were sitting next to each other. There wasn’t much room and they were snuggled up next to each other. Billy Ray paid for everyone.”

Our source made a few other interesting observations, as well:

  1. “They were in an amazing mood. They acted like a new couple, rather then a couple that has been married and was seeking a divorce.”
  2. “It really seemed like they were a couple. They weren’t kissing at any point, but were very comfy with each other; there was zero awkwardness. They were laughing and carrying on and having a good time.”
  3. “They were there with their daughter and a few friends, very much in the holiday spirit, and they were overheard saying they had a nice Christmas.”
  4. “They were also overheard saying ‘Merry Christmas’ to the staff as they left.”
  5. “They never once looked like they were faking emotion to make it look like something it wasn’t in front of their friends and daughter. They really seemed to be bonding very well.”

We told you back in December that the couple might be putting their divorce on hold, as more than 30 days had passed since Billy Ray filed for divorce and Tish had not yet been served with papers. Legal experts told us this meant the papers had expired. If the divorce is to proceed, Billy Ray will have to file again.

After seeing these latest photos, we reached out to the offices of Billy Ray’s attorney Robert Jackson, who offered no comment. We also reached out to the Chancery Court Of Williamson County, and a spokesperson confirmed that no new divorce proceedings had been filed.

— Aimee Curran, reporting by Russ Weakland

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melanie

Posted at 9:40 PM on March 28, 2012  

Im glad they are trying to make it work people now days give up on marriage so easy i think it shows people that if you love someone you can work your differences out.

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MELISSA

Posted at 2:56 AM on March 22, 2011  

billy ray cyrus i just got my period i need you here to take care of me your the one i want i need you

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Yohan

Posted at 11:32 AM on January 6, 2011  

He looked at his bank account and nearly passed out when he saw how much money he was going to have to give her cheating ass

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susan williams

Posted at 1:37 PM on January 4, 2011  

sorry miley is 18 and she is who she is. there is no reason for them to be together for her. love miley but i know her mom from the old days. she is very good at making you think that you are the only one.

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Chris

Posted at 11:37 PM on January 3, 2011  

It’s nice to see Tish and Billy Ray getting along after having spent the weeks of Christmas and New Years together at their family farm in Franklin, Tenn. along with four of their five kids. Miley was there for Christmas, but then flew home to LA and is now back on set in New Orleans. Still, they have the same long-term differences they’ve had for a while. Tish is still tied to LA with her job as a movie producer and talent manager, while Billy still–I’m sure–wants to continue living in Tennessee as he has been for the last eight months. It’s kind of hard to have a long-distance marriage. At best they might stay married and only get together on holidays. Billy is known to hate LA and couldn’t wait to get back home to Nashville as soon as Hannah Montana wrapped production in May.

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DaTruth

Posted at 8:26 PM on January 3, 2011  

I love how you put that they “put the divorce on hold for Miley’s sake” when they have FOUR other kids!!

Leave this family alone they are trying to put their lives back together & they deserve time to do it in private no matter what they decide.

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BillyThekidNY

Posted at 8:47 PM on January 3, 2011  

Ha!! I actually thought the exact same thing! But the post wouldn’t be complete without them somehow making it all about Miley. These 2 are as human as the rest of us and I’m more than certain they’ll not getting back together just because it’s for the good of the family. If it isn’t good for them, it won’t be good for the family. Looks like it’s good for them to me :)

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