Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth shocked most fans with news of their split on Saturday. We heard about what appeared to go wrong between them. There were also some early clues of possible trouble in paradise.
The 26-year-old singer and 29-year-old actor married last December in a low-key ceremony at their Nashville home after an on-again, off-again relationship that began after they met on the set of the movie The Last Song in 2009. Their marital relationship seemed to be blossoming over the next few months; They attended Vanity Fair's 2019 Oscars after-party and other events. Liam even revealed in February that Miley took his last name.
Eyebrows were raised when the actor didn't accompany the singer to the 2019 Grammys that month. It was later announced that not only was he busy on a press tour for his latest film, Isn't It Romantic, but he was also hospitalized for kidney stones. Supportive wife Miley later attended the movie's Los Angeles premiere in his place. The two would go on to celebrate their first Valentine's Day as a married couple and marital bliss appeared to continue, along with Liam's affectionate pranks.
They soon returned to make joint red carpet appearances, including at the 2019 Met Gala in May. Later that month, Liam paid tribute to Miley on social media on the day of the release of her new EP, She Is Coming. In June, the two stepped out for another celebrity date night, attending the Saint Laurent Men's Spring-Summer 2020 runway show in Malibu, California, the coastal city where they shared a home until it burned down in a wildfire in November.
Later that month, around the 10th anniversary of their first date, the two faced breakup rumors. Miley appeared to slam the reports on social media.
But in recent months, there have been several striking clues that allude to a breakup.
Miley last talked publicly about her relationship with Liam in an interview with ELLE for its August 2019 issue, released in July. She also discussed her sexuality, which she has been open about.
"I think it's very confusing to people that I'm married. But my relationship is unique," she said. "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. I mean, do people really think that I'm at home in a f--king apron cooking dinner?"
"I'm in a hetero relationship, but I still am very sexually attracted to women," she continued. "People become vegetarian for health reasons, but bacon is still f--king good, and I know that. I made a partner decision. This is the person I feel has my back the most. I definitely don't fit into a stereotypical wife role. I don't even like that word."