How Billy Ray Cyrus’ Dog Became The Bridge To Meeting His Wife Firerose

The newlyweds appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show earlier this month, telling the host the story of how they first met.

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Posted on November 20, 2023

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Billy Ray Cyrus, Firerose; Photo Courtesy of The Kelly Clarkson Show

Billy Ray Cyrus and Firerose tied the knot in October, and according to Cyrus, they have his dog Tex to thank for bringing them together. The newlyweds appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show earlier this month, telling the host the story of how they first met.

How Did Billy Ray Cyrus Meet Firerose?

After Clarkson told the pair that she heard a dog had introduced them, Firerose confirmed that she was right, calling it a “funny story.”

“I was walking out of an audition on the Sunset Gala in Hollywood and Billy’s dog at the time, Tex, who was the most beautiful German Shepherd you’ve ever seen, he was tapped into some divine purpose,” she said. “Because we were at the time just friends, and all these years later, that was like 14 years ago, all these years later we just got married.”

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Did Billy Ray Cyrus And Firerose Meet On Hannah Montana?

Cyrus previously shared the story of his and Firerose’s meeting with PEOPLE, revealing that he was on set working on Hannah Montana when he first met his now-wife on the filming lot Firerose mentioned to Clarkson.

“There’s a couple old pine trees on the lot that look like Tennessee,” he shared. “Tex and I would go out there in the middle of the day, and he’d take care of his business, and we’d stretch, and I’d think how much I missed Tennessee. On that given day, Firerose came out of the front door. There was almost a moment of, I don’t know, recognition. I was like, ‘This girl’s a star.’”

Firerose came over to say hello to Tex, and she and Cyrus began talking. The she told him that she had just had an audition, to which he replied, “Well, I’m sure you got the job.”

FIREROSE, Billy Ray Cyrus; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for ACM
FIREROSE, Billy Ray Cyrus; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for ACM

Mutual Friends Helped Form A Bond

The 62-year-old offered to share some of his industry connections with Firerose, and a friendship formed between the two.

“I just thought, well, the casting agents, the producers, the writers, they’re all on the floor of where we do Hannah Montana,” he recalled. “And I actually said to her, ‘Don’t ever take a strange man up on this offer, but, in this case, Tex will testify that you will be totally safe. I’m going to introduce you to a producer, and you can kind of make yourself at home and watch us rehearse, and you know, maybe it might lead to a role or just another contact at Disney.’ And so, off me and her and Tex went back to the studio and I think she met a lot of the cast and met the producers, writers. And, in some ways, well, in a lot of ways, we became friends.”

FIREROSE, Billy Ray Cyrus; Photo Courtesy of Instagram
FIREROSE, Billy Ray Cyrus; Photo Courtesy of Instagram

The Pair Got Married In October Of 2023

The two stayed in touch as friends over the years and became songwriting partners in 2020.  After Cyrus split from ex-wife Tish Cyrus in 2022, he and Firerose began dating. She moved into Cyrus’s Franklin, Tennessee farm, and Cyrus proposed in August of that year. The couple married on October 10, sharing the news with fans on Instagram.

Cyrus posted a trio of photos from the day, which show the couple posing together in their wedding attire in a rolling field surrounded by greenery.

“10/10/23 will always be the beautiful, joyous day that our two souls united as one in holy matrimony,” he wrote. “It was the most perfect, ethereal celebration of love we could have ever imagined. For both of us to hear the preacher say, ‘Billy Ray and Firerose Cyrus… I now pronounce you husband and wife’ that was the sacred moment our new forever began. Long Live Love!”

Billy Ray Cyrus, Firerose; Photo Courtesy of Lisa Rhea Photography
Billy Ray Cyrus, Firerose; Photo Courtesy of Lisa Rhea Photography
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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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