Baxter Neal Helson- Biological father of Miley Cyrus

Who is Baxter Neal Helson?

Baxter Neal Helson is a talented drummer from Ashland, Kentucky, United States. He is the ex-husband of Tish Cyrus and the biological father of actress Brandi and Trace Cyrus. 

Baxter is an Anglo-Saxon and Scottish name. The name meant “baker” during the early Middle English era. Tish Cyrus and the drummer met when they were in their twenties. 

Their divorce led to an infamous legal battle over their children’s custody. While Baxter remained single after the divorce, Tish Cyrus married Billy Ray Cyrus, a famous country singer. 

The singer is also the mother of singers like Miley Cyrus, Braison Cyrus, and Noah Cyrus. 

Baxter Neal Helson biography
Biography of Baxter Neal Helson

Quick facts

Full nameBaxter Neal Helson
BirthdayDecember 21, 1966
Age56 years old
Sun signSagittarius
TraitsPositive: fun-loving, energetic, and adventurous
Negative: reckless and easily-bored5′ 8″
BirthplaceAshland, Kentucky, U.S.A.
Currently residingAshland, Kentucky, U.S.A.
ParentsNo information
GrandparentsNo information
SiblingsNo information
Marital statusDivorced
SpouseLeticia Jean Finley aka Tish Cyrus (1986-1989)
ChildrenBrandi Cyrus,
Trace Cyrus
EducationNo information
Net worthUSD 500,000
Social mediaNone
Hair ColorDark brown

Early life

Baxter Neal Helson was born in Ashland, Kentucky, United States, on December 21, 1966.

He is a Sagittarius. Sagittarians are known to have the charisma of an entertainer; therefore, they are extremely popular around their group and have warm, friendly, and witty personalities.

Baxter developed an interest in music quite early in life. Likewise, some sources claim that his family taught him his introductory music lessons.

He developed a strong passion for playing the drums as he grew. In his teens, he was already playing drums at local bars and parties as a member of a rock band.

Simultaneously Baxter’s drumming skills gained him significant popularity in his hometown of Kentucky, though he was not a household name in the modern music industry.

He is an American by nationality. He is 5′ 8″ (1.72 m) tall and weighs about 63 kg (138.89 lbs).

Baxter’s charismatic personality and career as an entertainer could be why Tish Cyrus was adamant about marrying Baxter in her teens because of his charismatic personality and career as an entertainer.

Her friends also claim that she was a groupie for a rock band in her younger days.


Tish Cyrus (ex-wife)

The birth name of Tish Cyrus was Leticia Jean Finley. She was born on May 13, 1967, in Nashville, Tennessee. 

She is a renowned actress and producer. Billy had met Tish while out with friends in a club. After their first encounter, the pair began dating, and Tish soon became pregnant with Miley Cyrus (born November 23, 1992). 

Billy also signed his first contract as an artist during this time and began his country music career.

Billy’s manager reportedly advised him not to marry Tish. However, despite the advice, Billy eventually proposed to Tish, saying it was vital for him to commit to her after his horrible experiences with his divorced parents. 

The couple had two more children after Miley Cyrus, a son named Braison Chance Cyrus (May 9, 1994) and Noah Lindsey Cyrus (January 8, 2000).

Tish Cyrus is involved in the entertainment industry.

To begin with, she mostly co-managed Miley Cyrus and her busy schedule. However, in 2010, she bravely stepped out on a limb and produced ‘The Last Song,’ based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. 

Besides Miley, the movie starred Liam Hemsworth, Greg Kinnear, and Kate Vernon. Tish went on to produce other films such as L.O.L., So Undercover, and most of Miley Cyrus’s tour documentaries after the success of The Last Song.

She also has a T.V. show called ‘Cyrus vs. Cyrus: Design and Conquer’ with her eldest daughter Brandi Cyrus. Additionally, the show focuses on the mother-daughter duo and their journey to redesign their home and wardrobes. 

The famous country singer Billy Ray Cyrus married her after ending her marriage to Baxter Neal Helson. Despite a few hiccups throughout the years, the couple is still together.


As mentioned above, Baxter was once married to Leticia Jean, also known as Tish Cyrus. Their first meeting was at a local town party, and they fell in love at first sight.

After their first meeting, the two joined the hips and lived together. They tied the knot in 1986. On May 26, 1987, the couple welcomed their first daughter, Brandi Glenn Helson.

Today, she is known as Brandi Cyrus.

When the couple welcomed Neil Timothy Helson on February 24, 1989, Baxter was happily married and doing well in his career. Trace Dempsey Cyrus is Neil’s current stage name.

Divorce of Baxter Neal Helson

Baxter Neal Helson's ex-wife Tish Cyrus
Baxter Neal Helson’s ex-wife Tish Cyrus

Although Baxter and Tish were blessed with two beautiful children, they soon realized that their marriage was not working out. So in 1989, when Neil was born, the couple separated and finalized their divorce.

According to the sources, the primary reason for the separation was Tish’s extramarital affair. In addition, although the pair’s divorce was quickly approved, they had a difficult time in court for the custody of their two children.

According to reports, Tish had won, but Baxter could still visit and call his children whenever he wanted.

Later, when she moved to Nashville with her current husband, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tish immediately had a problem with the decision. So she filed a petition against Baxter for specific visitation with children afterward. During the petition, she found the children to be hesitant and uncomfortable.

Furthermore, she also claimed that Baxter was cutting Trace’s hair during his visits and was persisting in calling the child Neil, while he preferred the name ‘Trace.’ During that time, Brandi and Trace Cyrus lived with their grandmother.

According to her testimony, Trace was quite agitated with Baxter’s visits afterward.
Likewise, the grandmother also claimed that Trace, who was only three years old back then, had begged her not to force him to spend time with Baxter. Additionally, Trace even requested the judge and the police.

However, the court immediately denied Tish’s request for Baxter’s supervised visits. Later, the court granted Tish’s request to avoid forcing the children to meet their father.

After Tish married Billy Ray Cyrus, he adopted Brandi and Trace as his children. Eventually, the surname of both kids was changed to Cyrus indeed. So today, Brandi and Trace are closer to their stepfather than their biological father.

Children of Baxter Neal Helson

Brandi Cyrus

Baxter Neal Helson's daughter Brandi Cyrus with Miley Cyrus
Daughter Brandi Cyrus with Miley Cyrus

Brandi Cyrus, the elder daughter of Baxter Neal Helson, is an American actress, singer, fashion blogger, D.J., and co-host of television and podcast series. Earlier, Brandi formed ‘Frank and Derol’ with her friends, Megan Park and Codi Caraco, following in her stepfather’s footsteps. She starred in T.V. series such as Hannah Montana: Live in London and The Real Miley Cyrus with her half-sister. Additionally, she appeared in movies like ‘Old 37’ and ‘Hannah Montana: The Movie.

Brandi co-hosts a podcast called ‘Your Favorite Thing with Wells and Brandi.’ Also, she manages a blog called ‘Style Native,’ where she shares her fashion and lifestyle perspectives.

Trace Cyrus

(L-R) Trace Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, Tish Cyrus, and Brandi Cyrus

On the other hand, Baxter’s second son, Trace Cyrus, is a famous singer, guitarist, and songwriter for a pop band called ‘Metro Station.’ He developed an interest in music because of his stepfather and went on tours with Billy during his holidays.

Upon graduating from high school, Trace immediately entered the music industry. For Billy’s ‘Wanna Be Your Joe’ album, he co-wrote ‘Country Music has the Blues.’ Later, he wrote songs for Miley Cyrus.

Columbia Records have signed Trace and his band Metro Station. Subsequently, the band has given some hit songs like ‘Shake it’ and ‘She Likes Girls’, which have made it to the Top Ten Billboard hit singles.

Besides his music career, Trace owns a clothing company called ‘From Backseats to Bedroom.’

Taylor Lauren Sanders (Trace’s fiancée)

Taylor is an Instagram model and a singer engaged to Baxter Neal Helson’s son, Trace Cyrus. She is also a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, and a model.

Baxter Neal Helson Career

As mentioned before, Baxter Helson was an aspiring musician, particularly an ace drummer. He was pretty popular in Kentucky and had lent his drumming skills to many popular songs.

Several sources also claim that he used to be a part of a rock band climbing the ladder to fame while still with Tish Cyrus. 

Although Baxter’s rock band was doing well, they could not gain much popularity.

Today, Baxter is completely M.I.A. from the media and the public eye, so we believe he has already retired from his profession as a musician or continues to perform in small gigs but not frequently as he did. 

The net worth of Baxter Neal Helson

Baxter Neal Helson’s income and assets have not been disclosed yet. But, many sources claim that his net worth stands at $500,000, which he earned throughout his musical career. 

On the other hand, Baxter’s ex-wife, Tish Cyrus’s net worth currently stands at $20 million, and his children, Brandi Cyrus and Trace Cyrus, are worth $2 million each. 

Social Media

Even though Baxter Helson is not active on any social media platforms, on the other hand, his ex-wife and children are all active on Instagram.

In fact, you can follow them on Instagram- Tish Cyrus, Trace Cyrus, and Brandi.

Baxter Neal Helson now

Baxter went back to Kentucky after divorcing Tish Cyrus However, there is no information on what he is doing right now as he completely shut himself from the media’s eyes. He is probably living a normal life right now.


How old is Baxter Neal Helson?

Born on December 1, 1966, Baxter Neal Helson is currently 56 years old.

Who is Brandi Cyrus’ dad?

Baxter Neal Helson, the drummer from Kentucky, U.S.A., is the father of Brandi Cyrus. He is also the first husband of Tish Cyrus.

Why did Baxter Neal Helson and Tish Cyrus divorce?

Baxter filed for divorce due to Tish Cyrus’ extramarital affair.

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