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Billy Ray Cyrus reveals the wild story of when he first laid eyes on new fiancée Firerose 12 years ago, plus more Hollywood couples share how they met

By Marisa Laudadio of Wonderwall | Slide 1 of 140: Every romance has a beginning. Whether it's sweet, funny or messy, it's fascinating to learn the story of how people met or got together, or what happened on their first date. Join Wonderwall.com as we take a look at how 140 famous current and former couples got together. Let's start with this pair... Country music star Billy Ray Cyrus proposed to Firerose in August 2022 following his divorce from wife Tish Cyrus, but he actually met the Australian singer-songwriter 12 years earlier. The "Achy Breaky Heart" and "Old Town Road" hitmaker shared the story with People magazine, explaining that he saw his future fiancée -- who's several decades his junior -- for the first time when he took his dog, Tex, outside while working on the Disney Channel series "Hannah Montana" with daughter Miley Cyrus. "There's a couple old pine trees on the [studio] lot that look like Tennessee. Tex and I would go out there in the middle of the day and he'd take care of his business and we'd stretch and I'd think how much I missed Tennessee. On that given day, Firerose came out of the front door. There was almost a moment of, I don't know, recognition. I was like, 'This girl's a star,'" Billy Ray explained. Firerose -- who was at the lot for an audition she didn't get and doesn't remember now -- walked over to see his dog and they started chatting. Billy Ray offered to introduce her to some people who worked on "Hannah Montana" and let her watch the cast rehearse, thinking "it might lead to a role or just another contact at Disney. And so, off me and her and Tex went back to the studio and I think she met a lot of the cast and met the producers, writers. And, in some ways, well, in a lot of ways, we became friends." They stayed in touch through the years and during the pandemic became songwriting partners and -- as his marriage to Tish ended for good -- far more.Keep reading for more celebrity meet-cute and first date stories...

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Every romance has a beginning. Whether it's sweet, funny or messy, it's fascinating to learn the story of how people met or got together, or what happened on their first date. Join Wonderwall.com as we take a look at how 140 famous current and former couples got together. Let's start with this pair... Country music star Billy Ray Cyrus proposed to Firerose in August 2022 following his divorce from wife Tish Cyrus, but he actually met the Australian singer-songwriter 12 years earlier. The "Achy Breaky Heart" and "Old Town Road" hitmaker shared the story with People magazine, explaining that he saw his future fiancée -- who's several decades his junior -- for the first time when he took his dog, Tex, outside while working on the Disney Channel series "Hannah Montana" with daughter Miley Cyrus. "There's a couple old pine trees on the [studio] lot that look like Tennessee. Tex and I would go out there in the middle of the day and he'd take care of his business and we'd stretch and I'd think how much I missed Tennessee. On that given day, Firerose came out of the front door. There was almost a moment of, I don't know, recognition. I was like, 'This girl's a star,'" Billy Ray explained. Firerose -- who was at the lot for an audition she didn't get and doesn't remember now -- walked over to see his dog and they started chatting. Billy Ray offered to introduce her to some people who worked on "Hannah Montana" and let her watch the cast rehearse, thinking "it might lead to a role or just another contact at Disney. And so, off me and her and Tex went back to the studio and I think she met a lot of the cast and met the producers, writers. And, in some ways, well, in a lot of ways, we became friends." They stayed in touch through the years and during the pandemic became songwriting partners and -- as his marriage to Tish ended for good -- far more.

Keep reading for more celebrity meet-cute and first date stories...

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