When Ron Cyrus was executive secretary and treasurer of the Kentucky AFL-CIO here in Louisville, during the mid-1980s, he probably never expected that his son, Billy Ray, would have the country’s number one hit single—“Achy Breaky Heart”—just ten years later. And he certainly cold not have predicted that his granddaughter, Miley Ray Cyrus (who was just 14 when he passed away in February, 2006), would be catapulted to international stardom, after her Disney Channel show, Hannah Montana, premiered in March of 2006.
Now, little Miley is all grown up, and engaged to be married. She tweeted "Life is beautiful" this morning on her Twitter account, and the Hollywood press is reporting today that the Disney starlet, 19, will marry her long-time boyfriend Liam Hemsworth, 22. She confirmed to People magazine that Hemsworth, Australian star of "The Hunger Games," proposed to her on May 31st with a 3.5-carat diamond ring. Cyrus proclaimed, "I'm so happy to be engaged and look forward to a lifetime of happiness with Liam." The couple met on the set of “The Last Song” in 2009.
The last time Miley was in Louisville—for her sellout performance at Freedom Hall—she stopped by the Phoenix Hill Tavern and sang “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” with Jefferson TARC Bus, which shares a bassist, Dave Moody, with Billy Ray Cyrus’ band. She left immediately afterwards, however, since she was too young to be in the bar, other than to perform.
Miley Cyrus, at her 2009 Halloween Concert in Louisville
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