It seems that Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth parted ways weeks before they went public with their split.
A source close to the couple tells E! News exclusively that Liam had begun the process of moving things out of Miley's Los Angeles home around the time of her MTV VMA performance on Aug. 25.
The source added that their engagement "has been off ever since."
The "Wrecking Ball" singer's rep confirmed to E! News Monday that the two had ended their almost four-year relationship.
And while the timing of the breakup does seem suspect, sources are quick to confirm that the performance was absolutely not the cause of the couple calling it quits.