Miley Cyrus is a big star, but perhaps she was always destined for stardom, considering she is the daughter of musician Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife, Tish Cyrus. There has been a lot of talk about Miley since she became a major celebrity thanks to Disney’s Hannah Montana, and she has remained in the spotlight, enjoying success and fame, for more than a decade. But Miley is not the only talented child in this family, and she has five other siblings who are all going places (although there is one sibling who is never pictured alongside them in family photos).
This family is incredibly close, and they’ve been photographed together on numerous occasions. They are also the first to show support for or publicly celebrate each other, but there are many things about them that not many people know. For example, Brandi is a Bachelorette superfan and was set up on a blind date with a former contestant (we won’t say how that turned out), and her brother, Braison, is making a name for himself in the modeling world. He has even walked the runway of one of the most respected fashion brands. Below are 20 things to know about Miley and her siblings.
Miley Cyrus comes from a large, and particularly close, family, but there is one sibling who is missing from their family photos, and that is her half-brother, Christopher Cody Cyrus.
Christopher is Billy Ray Cyrus’ son with Kristin Luckey, a waitress whom the musician had a brief relationship. According to The Mirror, Christopher and Miley are only eight months apart, and Cyrus had split from Luckey by the time his girlfriend (and now-wife) Tish Cyrus was pregnant with Miley.
Yet, despite their closeness in age, their lives are completely different. Miley is a world-famous superstar, and at the time of his interview in 2009, Christopher worked at an electronics store.
Miley has five siblings; Christopher Cyrus, Trace Cyrus, Brandi Cyrus, Braison Cyrus, and Noah Cyrus. Apart from Noah and Braison, all of Miley’s other siblings are her half-siblings, and Brandi, her older sister, is Tish Cyrus’ daughter from a previous relationship with Baxter Neal Helson — although she does have the same last name as Miley, as PopSugar notes Billy Ray Cyrus later adopted her.
Something not everyone knows about Brandi is that she’s a big fan of reality TV, namely, The Bachelorette, and according to BravoTV, she’s a “superfan.” She has also partnered up with one of the show’s alums, Wells Adams, with whom she co-hosts the Your Favorite Thing podcast, Us Weekly reports. Interestingly, the pair first met when they were set up on a blind date, but it didn’t work out romantically.
Miley Cyrus may have love and respect for her siblings now, but when she was a kid, she and her siblings didn’t always get on. There were so many arguments (as siblings do) that family trips weren’t exactly fun.
On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Miley recalled a particular memory of a family trip to Florida, and detailed how she and her brother had feuded the whole way. It was so bad, she explained, “my dad promised he would never take us on another vacation again, and he’s a man of his word. He never did because it was so miserable.”
Miley Cyrus' half-brother, Trace Cyrus (whose biological parents are Tish Cyrus and Baxter Neal Helson) was also adopted by Billy Ray Cyrus. And his sister Miley is not the only musically talented child in the family; Trace has been part of the band, Metro Station.
Putting his professional accomplishments aside, he is also very content in his personal life, and in December of 2018, he made headlines after getting engaged. He is engaged to Taylor Lauren Sanders, and could not be happier, but People magazine notes that this is not his first engagement. Trace was also engaged to Disney star Brenda Song before they broke up in 2012.
Noah Cyrus is also a singer, and when she was 16, she released her debut track. Her music started getting a lot of attention, and much of the response to her track was overwhelmingly positive, but she also found that many people were comparing her to Miley. Not that she minds the comparisons, and discussed this in an interview with Billboard.
“We’re going to be told that we sound alike,” she said. “I’ve been expecting that. It doesn’t take me by surprise, and it doesn’t bother me." She also explained that her sister has been “so supportive” with regards to her musical journey.
Not many people realize that Miley Cyrus has the heart condition, tachycardia, because it is not something she speaks about in her daily life. According to This Is Insider, tachycardia makes her heart rate “exceed that of a normal resting heart.” And although it is not a condition that will prove most serious, it is something that bothers Cyrus, and she discussed it in her book, Miles to Go.
"The type of tachycardia I have isn't dangerous,” she wrote (via MTV News). “It won't hurt me, but it does bother me. There is never a time onstage when I'm not thinking about my heart."
Noah Cyrus is the youngest member of the Cyrus family, but she shares a lot of similarities with her older sister, Miley, and these similarities include their love of animals, and their decision to advocate for their welfare.
After Miley and Liam Hemsworth got married in 2018, PETA sent them a special wedding present, a “pair of matching snuggly bathrobes embroidered with Mr. Vegan and Mrs. Vegan.” They are a couple that has been celebrated by the organization for the work they have done promoting kindness to animals. But for Noah’s part, she has actively campaigned for causes she believes in, including the Life’s No Beach in Captivity, Boycott SeaWorld ad.
Brandi Cyrus is a woman of many talents, and she has been making a name for herself in the fashion industry as a fashion blogger. Her blog is called Style Native, and she spoke to Who What Wear about her love of style.
“I did not realize how big a job it was going to be," she said. "In a way, even though I’m styling myself for this blog, I feel like it challenges me to expand my style and grow. I've gotten much more creative since I started it." She also shared that she’s not someone who wants to dress in head-to-toe designer garments because she wants the people who read her blog to actually be able to replicate her looks.
Miley Cyrus may have first become a household name thanks to her role in Disney’s Hannah Montana, but she is now celebrated for her musical talents. She has released five albums, with her most recent in 2017 and titled, Younger Now.
If her songs come on the radio, the chances are most people have heard them before, and will eagerly sing along. But Miley doesn’t listen to her own music when she’s at home. In an interview with the Zach Sang Show (via Fox News), she said, “Every time I make a record, I forget what the last one was, just because I don’t listen…that would be weird if I was at home rocking out to the ... Petz or Bangerz all the time. Once I’m done touring, I don’t listen to my music very much…”
Miley is an animal lover, and she has made this known. She has many pets, and she often posts photos and tributes to them on her social media. In addition to her collection of rescue dogs and cats, she is also the proud owner of some more unusual pets; her pigs.
She has a pig named Pig Pig (who was previously known as Bubba Sue), and LiveKindly notes that Cyrus’ beloved pig even joined her on the cover of Paper magazine in 2015. And she loves her pigs so much that she decided not to go on tour, telling Howard Stern (via Seventeen), that they were "Literally the only reason" she was not touring. She added, "That's how much I love those pigs."
She’s been in the spotlight since she was young, but Miley Cyrus still hasn’t gotten used to having her photo taken. Or rather, she still feels uncomfortable when people take her photo, and this is one of the reasons she was, for a time, posing with her tongue out in every picture — it was a nervous reaction, and one her mom hated.
“I really don’t like taking pictures,” she said during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres. “I feel very uncomfortable taking pictures and so it’s like a nervous habit because it just seems so awkward to take a picture, I don’t know how to do it... it just feels more comfortable."
Considering that Miley Cyrus was once one of the biggest Disney Channel stars, it’s not unexpected that she would want to have her birthday at Disneyland. For her sweet sixteenth, she celebrated at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and even performed a mini-concert.
The celebrations included many famous faces, with MTV News noting that Tyra Banks hosted the party and stated, "This is absolutely amazing for the world's most beautiful, perfect little girl.” Other guests included Steve Carell, Cindy Crawford, Jennie Garth, and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
As for presents? Her dad gave her a puppy, and she thought it was the best present of all.
Weird Al Yankovic is known for spoofing celebrities, and he was inspired by Miley Cyrus’ song, “Wrecking Ball.” According to Billboard, he created a parody of the song, which he called “Twerk For All.” But Miley is not the only member of the Cyrus family who has been parodied by Weird Al, because he has also parodied Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Achy Breaky Heart,” renaming it with “Achy Breaky Song.”
Of course, there have been many other celebrities who have been parodied by Weird Al since the ‘80s, with Huffington Post even noting that “each of ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s albums have served as pop music time capsules."
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are now married, although there was a point when many people thought that would never happen. The couple broke up in the past, and Miley was linked to several people during their break, before she and Hemsworth rekindled their romance at the end of 2015.
After reuniting, Miley and Liam kept their relationship, for the most part, out of the public eye, which created a lot of interest. But there was always a person rooting for their relationship to work, and that was Miley’s mom, Tish Cyrus. "I will say I love Liam. I've known him forever. Absolutely cannot be more obsessed," she told E! News.
Braison Cyrus (the son of Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus) has found the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with, and in November of 2018, he made headlines for this very reason. Yes, Braison is engaged. According to E! News, Braison is engaged to his girlfriend Stella McBride, and he announced the news on his social media account, sharing a photo of the oval, opal ring he gifted her, as well as his thoughts about his bride-to-be.
"My life has changed in so many amazing ways this year but the most amazing has been meeting and falling in love with you,” he wrote.
Miley Cyrus’ godmother is Dolly Parton (she has known Billy Ray Cyrus for decades, after meeting in 1992), and the two women are very close. This Is Insider notes that Miley and Parton have performed together several times, they both appeared in Hannah Montana, and Parton has come to the defense of Miley when she caused controversy.
"I've loved her through the years and watched her grow up and I've seen how smart she is and how talented she is," she told Evening Standard (via This Is Insider).
But despite Miley having so much love and respect for Parton, there is another woman she is very close to, and that woman is Britney Spears. Bustle notes that they have had a bond since 2009.
It’s pretty amazing how one family can have so many musically talented individuals in it, but, as mentioned earlier, Noah Cyrus is also a singer and her work has been compared to Miley’s sound. Miley is incredibly proud of her sister, but she also feels that she’s “stealing her shine.”
In an interview with 2DayFM (via Nicki Swift), Miley said, "She's a natural entertainer. Sometimes I'll be like, 'Oh my god, she's totally stealing my shine!' If she's in the room, all the attention is on Noah. She's kind of like a natural at it, so I feel like, if she wanted to [be a star] I wouldn't stop her.” It sounds like Miley truly believes in Noah’s abilities as an entertainer, and if it is something she wants to pursue, long-term (she released her first album in 2018), then she may be the new Miley.
Braison Cyrus is also a talented individual, but while many of his siblings have focused on singing — and, he too has released music, singing his track “I'll Never Leave You” on The Tonight Show — it seems his interests lie elsewhere in the entertainment industry. According to JustJared, Braison is a model, who made his runway debut in the Dolce & Gabbana fashion show for Milan Fashion Week in 2017, but he was signed to Wilhelmina Models when he was 18.
He is also interested in acting, and attended Pasadena School of the Arts and New York Film Academy!
The entertainment industry is not an easy one to break into, and it’s even harder to be able to handle all the negative press. Miley has received her fair share of criticism, and she has developed a thick skin to it, and this is something she has tried to prepare her younger sister, Noah, for.
In an interview with Skavlan, Noah shared some tips she learned from her sibling, saying, “Miley taught me to not read comments ever. And I think that’s the best piece of advice I’ve ever gotten, really. I was really bad at that. And not to Google yourself at all."
Brandi Cyrus is also a keen horse-rider, and she often posts photos of herself riding, or with her horse (although she does admit it’s hard trying to take a selfie with her large four-legged friend). Actually, she doesn’t just ride in her spare time, she is a professional equestrian, Buzzfeed notes.
Brandi has been riding since she was four, and in a blog for Buzznet, she discussed this. “I show competitively on the ‘A’ hunter/jumper circuit, and even though I like to compete, for me it is purely for the joy and peace I get from being around horses,” she wrote. “My animals are my family.”
Sources: The Mirror, PopSugar, BravoTV, Us Weekly, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, MTV News, This Is Insider, People, Who What Wear, Fox News, Seventeen, Huffington Post, E! News, Bustle, Nicki Swift, Billboard, Buzzfeed, Buzznet.