Things You Didn’t Know About Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth’s RelationshipPublished on June 21, 2016. Updated August 12, 2019
Miley and Liam’s relationship is the definition of young love. These two are child stars who have grown up in the spotlight in a blossoming relationship with all eyes watching. While the world watched Miley abandon her Disney’s Hannah Montana ways for risque outfits, offensive gestures and off-side comments, Liam remained a respectful young rising star, but still obviously in love with the now wild Miley. Their relationship has been up and down and all over the place. Can these two fight their demons and make it? Here’s some things you maybe didn’t know about the star-studded couple.
12. Kissed On The Day They Met
Geography is everything! Put two young hormonal teenagers onto a movie set about love, and it’s a recipe for just that – love. In 2009, on the set of The Last Song (a Nicholas Sparks movie, the author of stories like The Notebook and A Walk To Remember), Miley and Liam met for the first time. Lucky for them, they were asked to kiss on that same day. The pair became inseparable after that. Must have been some kiss.
11. They Broke Up, A Lot
The timeline of Miley and Liam’s relationship is laughable. In the first 4 years of their relationship there was reports of half a dozen breakups and reconciliations. It seemed as though work, affair rumors, and on again off again rings on THAT finger kept the media a buzz with their constant relationship status updates.
10. Puppy Love
Literally, puppy love. These two have a ridiculous amount of pets together, but they have lots of help, and no shortage on love for animals (Miley herself is a vegan). The two first adopted their first pet together when they took a stray rottweiler-beagle mix home after it was found behind a Walmart. There’s been no shortage of loss either, as Liam and Miley adopted their dog Ziggy together, who later caused injury to another dog of Miley’s ultimately causing its death. The couple gave up Ziggy after the incident. Miley also lost her husky to a coyote attack. Currently they have 6 dogs between them, plus other pets (like a pig named Pig).
9. Liam’s Embarrassed of Miley
Miley had an infamous performance at the 2013 MTV VMA’s where she performed in a nude shiny bikini, tongue out, with a large foam finger alongside/grinding singer Robin Thicke. Liam was noticeably absent. Afterwards, it was rumored that Liam was “mortified.” This seemed to be a final straw to break the relationship’s back.
8. Miley’s Breakup Hit, NOT About Liam
Shortly after the couple’s breakup, Miley had a new hit song on the radio. “Wrecking Ball” was a smash hit (no pun intended) about an intense love that ended. While introducing the song in a performance in London in May 2014, the singer reportedly said, “I wrote this song after somebody broke my heart, and I just wanted to say f— you, I wanted to write a No 1 hit, something that would be on the radio, I wanted to make sure every time he turned on the radio he would hear my song and will keep hearing it for the rest of his life.” She later recanted on her twitter saying that she was just caught up in the moment. The song was actually written by Dr. Luke and several others and was originally intended for Beyonce.
7. Moving On
In 2013, after their failed engagement and breakup was announced, Liam was spotted kissing Mexican actress and singer, Eiza Gonzalez barely a day after the announcement that his engagement to Miley was indeed called-off. Miley also moved on with Patrick Schwarzenegger, who she dated for 5 months.
6. Miley Dates a Woman
During the couple’s “off” season during this now nearly 7 year progression, Miley began a relationship with Victoria’s Secret model, Stella Maxwell. The same-sex couple were not shy to share their love for each other on Miley’s Instagram. While the relationship fizzled, Miley earned her way back into the graces of Liam, but her relationship with Stella followed as it was rumored Miley had been continuing to send explicit texts to Stella. Miley has since been very open about not labeling her sexuality and has explained that she falls in love with people, not their gender.
5. The Engagement Rumors
In early 2012, rumors of an engagement between the pair went wild and a ring on that finger only spurred the rumors on. On March 26, Miley took to her social media to write, “I’m not engaged. I’ve worn this same ring on this finger since November! People just wanna find something to talk about! It’s a topaz people!” Despite her big statement, an engagement wasn’t far behind as the couple confirmed they were engaged in June of 2012 when Cyrus was 19 and Hemsworth was 22. This was of course one year before their split and dating other people.
4. Getting Back Together
After a hectic two years apart, rumors of a reconciliation began swirling in late 2015 and in January 2016 the two were spotted together at a music festival in Australia, and Cyrus began spending a lot of time with Liam’s brother’s wife Elsa Pataky. “Of course it was hard, man. But at the time we were going in different directions, and it’s just what needed to happen,” Liam told GQ. “We were both super young, and it was a good decision at the time—we both needed that.” Miley said of their split, “I needed to change so much. And changing with someone else not changing like that is too hard. Suddenly you’re like, ‘I don’t recognize you anymore.’ We had to refall for each other.”
3. The Fire
In the summer of 2018, the couple went through a very difficult time when their Malibu home was one of the many destroyed in the California Wollsey wildfires, and aside from being their home, the house had a major significance in their relationship. Hemsworth bought the house, not knowing that years ago it was where Cyrus recorded her very first record as Miley Cyrus and not Hannah Montana. “You couldn’t make this up,” she told Vanity Far. “The first record that I ever made as myself—not as Hannah Montana, the first record I ever made as Miley Cyrus—I did most of that record in that house.” A producer named Matthew Wilder used to live there, and Cyrus worked with him in a studio on the property. Years later, after she and Hemsworth had starting dating, Hemsworth purchased the house from Wilder without knowing its history. “And then he shows up, ready to move in. And the old owners are cleaning out the garage and getting out all these plaques and shit with my face on it. Liam showed up and was like, ‘What the f–ck?'”
2. Surprise Wedding
After losing their home together, and a decade of an on-again, off-again relationship, the pair surprised everyone by marrying on December 26, 2018, and Cyrus later explained the marriage came out of the fire that destroyed their home. “When you experience what we experienced together with someone, it is like glue. You’re the only two people in the world who can understand,” she said. “I’m not sure without losing Malibu, we would’ve been ready to take this step or ever even gotten married, who can say? But the timing felt right and I go with my heart. No one is promised the next day, or the next, so I try to be ‘in the now’ as much as possible.” She added, “The reason that people get married sometimes can be old-fashioned, but I think the reason we got married isn’t old-fashioned—I actually think it’s kind of New Age. We’re redefining, to be fucking frank, what it looks like for someone that’s a queer person like myself to be in a hetero relationship. A big part of my pride and my identity is being a queer person. What I preach is: People fall in love with people, not gender, not looks, not whatever. What I’m in love with exists on almost a spiritual level. It has nothing to do with sexuality. Relationships and partnerships in a new generation—I don’t think they have so much to do with sexuality or gender. Sex is actually a small part, and gender is a very small, almost irrelevant part of relationships.”
1. The Split
Less than eight months after marrying, the couple yet again had a surprise announcement: they had split again. Just as everyone was beginning to wonder if they were going to start a family, they instead broke up. “Liam and Miley have agreed to separate at this time. 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,” a rep for Cyrus said in a statement. Immediately afterward, Cyrus was seen taking a girls trip to Italy where she was spotted kissing Kaitlynn Carter, who had recently split from The Hills: New Beginning star Brody Jenner. Meanwhile, Liam retreated to his brother Chris Hemsworth’s Byron Bay beach house in Australia and told the Daily Mail of the split, “You don’t understand what it’s like. I don’t want to talk about it mate.”