Tish Cyrus and Dominic Purcell met via Instagram. He had reportedly been 'seeing' her daughter.

New in 'headlines you never could've even imagined', it appears an ongoing feud within the Cyrus family involves Tish Cyrus marrying a man her youngest daughter had also, uh, 'seen'.


Tish, 56, married Australian Prison Break actor Dominic Purcell, 54, in August last year after nine months of dating. The wedding became a catalyst event for what has been reported as a rift in the famous family, and in late February, US Weekly reported some new context also involving the youngest Cyrus sibling, Noah, 24.

According to a Us Weekly insider, "Noah was [seeing] Dominic when Tish started pursuing him".

The source noted that Tish "was aware" of the situation and that "the turmoil between Noah and Tish goes far beyond [what people think]. Noah is very distraught over Tish stealing Dominic from her".

If you think that's outlandish, you wouldn't be alone.

Soon after, another report surfaced in the Daily Mail claiming Noah had in fact 'fabricated' the rumour.

"Noah has always craved the attention because she did not get it growing up. Tish was always so Miley-sided because that is where the money was," an 'insider' said.

A second source also said the rumour was "ludicrous".

"Tish and Dominic are all in with each other and Noah and Dominic never even had a thing going on and think that it is ludicrous that people would think Tish stole Dominic from her daughter," the source said.

But things got even murkier when People magazine, considered one of the most reputable and celeb-friendly entertainment outlets, reported that Noah and Purcell had previously 'hooked up' and had stopped seeing each other before he and Tish pursued a relationship.


"Noah and Dominic were seeing each other in a friends with benefits way, off and on. They stopped seeing each other and then Tish started something up," the source said, adding that "Tish knew he had been seeing Noah." 

"Tish never gave Noah the chance to talk about all of this before they got married."

Days later, People also reported what seemed like distancing from the camp of Miley Cyrus, who has believed to have fallen out with her dad Billy Ray Cyrus and sister Noah in recent years.

"Miley had no idea about the drama with Dominic. No idea at all," an insider said.

"She confronted her mom about it. She thinks it's a strange situation, but she loves her mom and wants her to be happy."

All of this news emerged after Tish and eldest daughter Brandi Cyrus gave a February 2024 interview with Alex Cooper's Call Her Daddy podcast, where they spoke about how Miley and Billy Ray's roles on Hannah Montana, and Miley's subsequent global fame, impacted their entire family.

Tish also shared how she met Purcell via Instagram DMs, after he had been her celebrity 'hall pass'.

"I had followed him on Instagram and he DMed me and just said, 'Hey Tish, just wanted to [say], I think you're super cool and … you're doing such a great job with your family,'" she recalled, adding that she didn't see the message for a year and it led to Purcell's ex blocking her.


They connected years later after her split from Billy Ray.

"We go to lunch, make out for like three hours at a pub in a little hole in the wall," Tish said. "I cannot even tell you how amazing he is."

During the interview, Tish also shared how she masterminded Billy Ray landing the Robby Ray Stewart role Hannah Montana.

"I'm trying to be politically correct. He had done 'Achy Breaky [Heart]' and nothing else was working," Tish said. 

"And then I brought Miley out to audition for Hannah and she had gotten it. One of the casting directors said a joke, like, 'Ugh, too bad we can't afford her real dad.' And I said, 'Oh, maybe you can.'"

Hannah Montana ran on Disney Channel from 2006 to 2011, and in the years since its conclusion, the Cyrus family have expressed everything from love and nostalgia to embarrassment and regret.

Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus on Hannah Montana. Image: Disney.


Perhaps the strongest, most memorable quote of all came from Billy Ray Cyrus in 2011 when he said Hannah Montana "destroyed" his family.

"It destroyed my family. I'll tell you right now — the damn show destroyed my family," he told GQ.

At the time, he and Tish were divorcing (they called off the divorce soon after, re-filed in 2013, got back together again that same year and finally divorced for good in 2022).

Tish and Brandi said they did not feel that way.

"The family's not destroyed, first of all," Brandi noted. "We're doing great."

"I just think he was having a moment," Tish said.

Tish recalled the difficulty of juggling parenting five children — Brandi and Miley, plus eldest son Trace and her youngest two, Braison and Noah — and the family's new, much larger level of fame, saying she did not realise what she had done was "bad arse" until it was pointed out by her new husband, Purcell.


For the past year, particularly following both parents remarrying, fans have zeroed in on a clear fracture between not just Tish and Billy Ray post-divorce, but also their children.

While her eldest three children — Brandi, Trace and Miley — attended her August 2023 wedding, Tish's two youngest children were not there and instead documented their day out together in Los Angeles on Instagram, with Noah even wearing a Billy Ray Cyrus t-shirt.

Noah, in a Billy Ray Cyrus t-shirt, and brother Braison. Image: Instagram @noahcyrus.


In what was seen as a subtle response, Trace uploaded a childhood photo featuring his mother and him with only two of his siblings; Brandi and Miley.

It wasn't the first indication of anything being wrong either.

Miley unfollowed her dad on Instagram (and he then responded in kind) in 2022, months after his divorce from Tish was publicised. And while we're watching Instagram follows, Noah, the youngest, and Brandi, the eldest, do not follow each other either. Brandi and Trace also don't follow youngest brother Braison.

Following her wedding, Tish liked a tweet that featured lyrics from an unleased Miley song, which said: "It's just that my dad didn't always know how to say that he's proud of who I am."

Then on February 4, 2024, as Miley stood on music's biggest stage to accept her first two Grammy awards for her hit 'Flowers', she did not thank him.

"I don't think I forgot anyone, but I might've forgotten underwear," she quipped before walking off stage.

The allegation of Noah dating her mother's now-husband first is obviously very chaotic, and the US Weekly source also claimed Noah was not even invited to the wedding.

This article was originally published on February 9, 2024 and has been updated.

Feature image: Getty.

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