Billy Ray Cyrus has picked a brand new name for himself

Sarah James
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From Digital Spy

Billy Ray Cyrus will be celebrating an important milestone in his life this year – yep, that's right, it's the 25th anniversary of his hit single 'Achy Breaky Heart'.

So how is he marking this occasion? Well, the way any true pop star would – by changing his name to 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," he said to Rolling Stone Country while explaining his decision to drop his first name altogether.

"After August 25th, I will be the artist formerly known as Billy Ray. I'm just going by my last name Cyrus," he continued.

"I'm going to the hospital where I was born in Bellefonte, Kentucky, and legally changing my name."

Billy Ray Cyrus' daughter Miley was born Destiny Hope before she legally changed it, so it looks like name changing runs in the family.

The 25th anniversary of the milestone country hit will also be marked with a re-release, including a Spanish-English recording and an EDM version of the song.

Yes, you read that right – an EDM version.

Billy Ray's children have been pretty busy lately too, with Miley making a cameo appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and possibly also getting married to boyfriend Liam Hemsworth (although that one's not confirmed), while youngest Cyrus Noah releases her debut album this year.

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