Miley Cryus and Liam Hemsworth have called off their marriage less than a year after tying the knot.
“Liam and Miley have agreed to separate at this time,” a rep for Miley told People. “Ever-evolving, changing as partners and individuals, they have decided this is what’s best while they both focus on themselves and careers. They still remain dedicated parents to all of their animals they share while lovingly taking this time apart. Please respect their process and privacy.”
Me after finding out Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are over: pic.twitter.com/mzxG7d4dJu
— Alex Sweeney (@AlexSwny) August 11, 2019
Liam and Miley met in 2009 after they were both cast in the film The Last Song. At the time, Miley was 16 and at the height of her career as the star of Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana, while Liam was a 19-year-old relatively unknown Austrailian actor. Rumors of their relationship started to swirl after the couple was spotted making out at the Nashville airport after shooting wrapped.
August 19th, 2009:
Miley and Liam were spotted saying goodbye and kissing at a Nashville airport outside filming their movie “The Last Song” pic.twitter.com/pyFvQKRJgs
— Jozzy (@MileyNYCyrus) January 5, 2019
On Again, Off Again
The couple’s relationship seemed to be on and off for the next several years. In early 2012, the public started to take serious interest in the couple’s relationship—to the point where Miley had to shut down rumors of an engagement.
I'm not engaged. I've worn this same ring on this finger since November! People just wanna find something to tal about! It's a topaz people!
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) March 26, 2012
But just a few months later, the couple confirmed their engagement to People. Liam proposed on May 31, 2012, with a 3.5-carat Neil Lane diamond ring. “I’m so happy to be engaged and look forward to a life of happiness with Liam,” Miley told the magazine.
On The Rocks, Without The Rock
In March of 2013, the couple was battling rumors that their wedding had been called off, especially after Miley was spotted without her engagement ring.
I am so sick of La. And sick of the lies that come with it. I didn't call off my wedding. Taking a break from social media. #draining
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) March 6, 2013
In April 2013, People reported the couple had postponed their wedding but were still engaged and living together.
THROWBACK: Five years ago, today.
Miley and Liam at the beach in Costa Rica.
January 18th, 2013. pic.twitter.com/IMW0MkSVV5
— ً (@MIAMPICTURES) January 18, 2018
“I don’t think I realized what 19 truly is, and I got engaged at 19, and I definitely wouldn’t change being engaged. It was so fun wearing a fat rock for a few years,” Miley told Barbara Walters in a 2013 interview. “But now, I just feel like I can actually be happy.”
Thank u, next
After the breakup, Miley started dating Patrick Schwarzenegger and then model Stella Maxwell.
Miley Cyrus and Stella Maxwell
LGBT FANS DESERVE BETTER pic.twitter.com/hDc1gzddVA
— Thata (@MsScodders) March 11, 2016
In a 2015 interview with Paper magazine, Miley recounted the moment she told her mom about being attracted to both men and women. “I remember telling her I admire women in a different way,” she said. “And she asked me what that meant. And I said, ‘I love them. I love them like I love boys.’ And it was so hard for her to understand. She didn’t want me to be judged, and she didn’t want me to go to hell. But she believes in me more than she believes in any god. I just asked for her to accept me. And she has.”
However, by early 2016, rumors that Miley and Liam were back together had started to circulate again when the pair was spotted together at a music festival in Australia.
— Ashleigh (@ASaunders_) January 2, 2016
A few days later, Miley was seen wearing her old engagement ring again, and the couple was officially back together.
Over the next year Liam posted frequent photos of Miley on his instagram calling her “his angel.”
And when Miley dropped her new album, Liam was her biggest fan.
Highs and Lows
Further proof of the couple’s dedication to each other came in November 2018 when their Malibu home was destroyed by the California wildfires. Miley wasn’t at home at the time, but Liam was, and he had to take quick action to save their pets.
I can't believe Miley and Liam's house burned down in the Malibu fire. Thankfully my girlie is okay (along with everyone else affected by this tragic event). pic.twitter.com/EGQZutrrFG
— A. (@ExposingSMG) November 11, 2018
“He was so incredible. He got all the animals out in his truck. He put two pigs in crates, which I tell you is so hard,” Cyrus told Howard Stern of Liam’s heroics.
“He got a lot of action for saving the animals,” Miley continued. “We had to make sure he knew I was very, very grateful.”
The couple also donated $500,000 to the relief effort.
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It’s been a heartbreaking few days. This is what’s left of my house. Love. Many people in Malibu and surrounding areas in California have lost their homes also and my heart goes out to everyone who was affected by these fires. I spent the day in Malibu yesterday and it was amazing to see the community pulling together to help each other out in any way they can. Malibu is a strong community and this event is only going to make it stronger. Thankful for the all the great local guys that helped keep smaller fires out around my property. I love u guys. I love you Malibu. Thank you to all the hero firefighters around California. It’s going to be a journey to rebuild. Stay strong all. To help/donate visit @malibufoundation and @happyhippiefdn
About a month later, in December of 2018, the couple managed to pull off a secret wedding at their home in Tennessee.
A Modern Marriage
In July of 2019, Miley opened up in an interview with Elle about her sexuality and being married to a man as a gender fluid person.
Miley Cyrus for ELLE 2015 / 2019 pic.twitter.com/s0glPFwFzS
— DAILY CELEBZ (@beautifulcelebz) August 22, 2019
“I think it’s very confusing to people that I’m married. But my relationship is unique. And I don’t know that I would ever publicly allow people in there because it’s so complex, and modern, and new that I don’t think we’re in a place where people would get it,” Miley told the magazine. “I mean, do people really think that I’m at home in a f***ing apron cooking dinner? I’m in a hetero relationship, but I still am very sexually attracted to women.”
A source close to the couple claimed that Liam was very supportive of Miley and her lifestyle, telling ET, “Miley is trying to be as open as possible regarding her sexuality, but she also wants to keep her home life with Liam private. Liam accepts Miley for who she is, despite the fact he is a straight male and from a very traditional family.”
The source added, “She’s chosen Liam as her lover, her lifetime partner, and best friend, all while she admits she’s attracted to women.”
Rocking The Boat
Rumors of the split began on Saturday, August 10, when Miley posted a photo of herself on Instagram without her wedding ring.
The photo was taken while Miley was vacationing in Italy with Kaitlynn Carter, who had split from her husband of one year, Brody Jenner, just one week before. The two girls shared plenty of posts documenting their trip.
Even Kaitlynn’s ex couldn’t keep away from the comments section, writing “Hot girl summer” on a photo of Miley and Kaitlynn.
But these posts took on a whole new meaning when Miley and Kaitlynn were spotted making out by the pool.
“They were not trying to hide it at all,” an eyewitness told ET. “There were other people sitting by the pool.”
Miley Cyrus and Kaitlynn Carter pic.twitter.com/Bh0Pz0Cmv2
— ً (@PVRCVPTION) August 11, 2019
A few hours after the photos were released, Miley’s rep confirmed her and Liam’s split.
Brody seemed to be poking fun at the situation.
And other celebs chimed in, including Brody’s The Hills co-star Spencer Pratt.
While it’s not yet been confirmed why the couple broke up, it seems there are some hard feelings, at least on one side.
“Liam’s heartbroken, and his family cannot believe she is flaunting this for the world to see,” a source told Radar Online. “They think she’s a disgrace.”
According to Radar Online’s source, Miley “was the one to end it, she wanted an open relationship. She wasn’t ready for just one person for forever.”
Meanwhile, Liam wanted kids as soon as possible, but Miley was on an entirely different page. “He wanted babies, and she just didn’t anymore,” the source said.
Miley took to Instagram on Sunday to share an emotional (if vague) post about the news. “Don’t fight evolution, because you will never win,” she wrote.
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Don’t fight evolution, because you will never win. Like the mountain I am standing on top of , which was once under water , connected with Africa , change is inevitable. The Dolomites were not created over night, it was over millions of years that this magnificent beauty was formed. My dad always told me “ Nature never hurries but it is always on time”…. it fills my heart with peace and hope KNOWING that is true. I was taught to respect the planet and its process and I am committed to doing the same with my own …. 💙
The split might not have been as sudden as it seemed. “They have been trying to make it work for months now but haven’t felt they were connecting on the level they were feeling when they got married last year,” a source told E! News. “It’s been a rough year.”
Breaking His Silence
Monday evening Liam posted this message to his Instagram:
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Hi all Just a quick note to say that Miley and I have recently separated and I wish her nothing but health and happiness going forward. This is a private matter and I have not made, nor will I be making, any comments to any journalists or media outlets. Any reported quotes attributed to me are false. Peace and Love.
We aren’t sure what the future holds for Miley and Liam, but it seems like these two always find their way back to each other.