In August 2019, after less than a year of marriage, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth announced their separation. Though the former couple’s rep said at the time that the pair were just “lovingly taking this time apart”, within hours Cyrus was spotted kissing another woman—Brody Jenner’s ex wife Kaitlynn Cater (Jenner said last week the womens’ brief fling was ‘gnarly’)—before shacking up with Australian singer Cody Simpson shortly after.
For his part, Hemsworth quietly relocated to Byron Bay, where he started dating Australian model Gabriella Brooks.
Now, Cyrus is reflecting on her decade-long relationship for the four-year anniversary of the love song she wrote for Hemsworth, titled ‘Malibu.’
The 28-year-old singer took to Instagram on May 11th to post a tribute to the song that was released on the same day in 2017, sharing a video of herself working on the track in her home studio in Malibu, where she lived with Hemsworth from 2015 (when they got back together) until their divorce in 2019.
“Today is the 4 year anniversary of Malibu,” she wrote. “A song about a place and person that at the time I loved very much. That love was reciprocated beyond what I could describe here with freedom & escapism.”
Cyrus went on to reminisce about her Malibu home, which was destroyed in the California wildfires in November 2018, an event which she says prompted her and Hemsworth to decide to marry that Christmas. “I lost that home along with many others in 2018,” she said, again, referencing her relationship with Hemsworth. “Here is a video of me writing it in my home studio. 🌊 💕”
These days, Cyrus is single after ending her relationship with Cody Simpson in August 2020. Other than publicly thirsting after Harry Styles, she’s clearly enjoying her newfound freedom, too. On Instagram in February, she posted a video of herself to Instagram with the caption, “Man. Being single sucks. All I ever do is WHATEVER THE F❤️CK I WANT! Bahabahahahahabahahhahaha!”