Could the reason for the split between Miley Cyrus’ parents be due to her mom, Tish, having an affair with rocker Bret Michaels? US Weekly‘s source seems to think so.  The 17 year marriage between Tish and Billy Ray Cyrus is coming to an end as Billy Ray filed for divorce on October 27.  Michaels was introduced to the Cyrus family back in February when he and teen sensation Miley Cyrus released the duet “Nothing to Lose.”  Since then, Tish was spotted at Michaels’ February 28 show in Los Angeles.  Although reps for both Tish and Michaels deny that there is nothing more than a professional relationship between the two,  Billy Ray is seeking joint custody for his three minor children he has with his soon-to-be ex-wife.

How do you handle the news of a parent’s affair?

Cupid’s Advice:

Dealing with the possibility that one of your parents is having an affair is a devastating blow, no matter your age.  Cupid has some advice on how to handle it:

1. Sibling support: If you have any brothers or sisters you can turn to, they would be your best bet for support.  Families get torn apart and turned against each other when everyone begins to take sides on who’s right and who’s wrong.  Even if you have friends who were in a similar situation, your siblings are the only ones who know exactly what you’re going through.  Lean on them.

2. Know the facts: Sit your parents down together and ask for the truth.   They owe it to you as their child to tell you what’s going on.  You’ll start to hear lots of different takes on the situation from family friends and family members themselves trying to persuade you to take one side over the other.  Knowing the truth will help you disregard other rumors and come to your own conclusion.

3. Find an outlet: Whether it’s finding a counselor or channeling your emotions through another hobby, you’ll need a release from your family situation.  It’s normal to feel a slew of emotions, including anger toward one or both parents.  Rather than taking it out by saying or doing something you may later regret, placing that energy into a hobby will help you take your mind off of things in a healthy way.