Well, we can’t say it breaks our achy heart, but Billy Ray Cyrus is no longer Billy Ray Cyrus.
The father of Destiny Hope Cyrus, a.k.a. Miley Cyrus, told Rolling Stone Country that he’s only going by his last name because it’s what he’s most comfortable with:
“After August 25th, I will be the artist formerly known as Billy Ray. I’m just going by my last name Cyrus. I always went by Cyrus, and I begged Mercury Records to call me Cyrus in the beginning because that’s what I was comfortable with. I’m going to the hospital where I was born in Bellefonte, Kentucky, and legally changing my name.”
Totally cool, Cyrus.
Like Cher, Prince, Madonna and Beyonce before you, we embrace your single name-dom. Though, we will forever miss Billy Ray and his accompanying mullet.
Cyrus also announced that in celebration of the 25th anniversary of his hit, “Achy Breaky Heart,” he’ll be re-recording the track with members of Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, the Swampers. He’ll also release “a Spanglish interpretation” of the song and “an EDM version with Bootsy Collins.”
Wow. We ... cannot wait.