The 22-year-old GRAMMY-nominated singer collaborated with Death Cab for Cutie’s Benjamin Gibbard, who she grew up loving as a kid thanks to the influence of her older sister Brandi, according to Rolling Stone. After meeting at his recording studio in Seattle, the pair came away with “Every Beginning Ends.”
“This one is about the dying flame in a relationship where neither person is to blame – just inevitable drifting apart over time…” Cyrus recently shared in her Instagram stories. ”Ben and I wrote from personal experience and witnessing this up close in our lives… In some ways it’s the saddest type of ending </3”
“That was such a surreal experience,” said Cyrus. “I’ve always been such a huge fan, so it was pretty daunting to get in the room with him, but once we got to work it all came very naturally,” she said. “We talked about past relationships, failed relationships, our parents’ relationships and relationships that have lasted forever.”
“He told me his dad has a saying: ‘You have to wake up and choose to love someone every day,’ and it sparked this conversational song about the twilight of a relationship and the reluctance to admit that something has run its course,” Cyrus added. “I relate to that in many ways, not only with me, but also just with my parents’ relationship. Writing about that gave me more understanding.”
In April, Tish filed for divorce from Billy Ray in Tennessee. According to court documents obtained by ET, the complaint indicated that Tish and Billy Ray have not lived together since February 2020. She cited irreconcilable differences as the grounds for their divorce and asked that the court equitably divide and distribute their marital assets and award her separate property.
A rep for Billy Ray and Tish shared a joint statement with ET, saying, “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.” The family rep added that after growing up together, raising a family they can be proud of, “it is now time to create our own paths.”
“We will always be family and look forward to a continued and loving shared experience as friends and parents,” the family rep said. “We have not come to this decision lightly or quickly, but with so much going on in the world, we wanted to provide some clarity and closure, so we can remain focused on what is important. With Love and Hope… Tish and Billy Ray Cyrus.”
“Every Beginning Ends” is available now and comes with a one-take live video recording of Cyrus and Gibbard in the studio.
Cyrus’ 10-track debut album, The Hardest Part, comes out Sept. 16, and her North American headlining tour kicks off Oct. 4 beginning in Phoenix, Arizona. The 23-stop tour will also include performances at this year’s Austin City Limits Festival. The trek ends Nov. 4 at the iconic Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles.