Miley Cyrus was rather reflective following her break-up with hubby Liam Hemsworth, sharing sage words with her fans. She was also seen getting, ahem... close and cozy with reality TV star, Kaitlynn Carter while on vacation together.

The short-lived fling was drama-filled - but now Katilynn Carter is looking back - and not so fondly, either.

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth were the cutest couple in Hollywood.

They began dating back in 2009 and married ten years later. They've come a long way since they first met.

She was Hannah Montana.

Miley Cyrus got her first big break in showbiz way back in 2006, having first auditioned for the role when she was just eleven years old. She played alongside her real-life dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, as she oscillated between being a pop star and a regular teenager. Presumably something about this role just spoke to her.

And then she conquered the music world.

Miley has had three number-one albums on the US Billboard 200, plus another top five albums, all since 2007. She's also had nine top-ten singles, including Party in the U.S.A., The Climb, Wrecking Ball, and Malibu.

Meanwhile Liam was best known as Chris Hemsworth's younger brother.

Liam comes from strong Australian stock, as both his older brothers have been involved in acting and they all starred on Home and Away. As they moved across to Hollywood, Liam actually got through to the final auditions for the part of Thor, but was beaten to it by his older brother.

Liam found success in The Hunger Games.

Starring opposite Jennifer Lawrence, Liam played her best friend from home, Gale Hawthorne, throughout The Hunger Games series. Since then he has also starred in The Dressmaker, with Kate Winslet, and Independence Day: Resurgence.

It wasn't a The Last Song for this couple.

In true Hollywood style, Liam and Miley first met on set back in 2009. They played the unlikely couple who found love in this Nicholas Sparks adaptation. It's not quite The Notebook, but it did bring us this wonderful, real-life romance.

To be young and in love.

When they first met, Miley was only 17, and Liam was 20. They had each other to rely on as they both went through the growing pains of adapting to the life and pain of Hollywood.

But maybe they were too young?

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And then in September 2013, after months of speculation by the media that things may be on the rocks, this dream couple split up. They stayed good friends, but they just needed some time apart at this point.

It seemed like they would never get back together.

In the years that they were apart, they both did some growing up. Liam developed as an actor and continued getting some more serious roles. Meanwhile, Miley started standing up more for her beliefs. She spoke out about believing that both gender and sexuality are fluid.

And then Malibu happened.

Miley decided that she needed some time away from Malibu, so she moved back to Nashville. In the meantime, Liam moved to Malibu to try to get over Miley. When he bought his house, he was told it was the house where Miley had recorded her first album. Miley's hit song, Malibu, is about their relationship and love.

They were destined to get back together.

In a case of life is better than fiction, it seems like this couple was just meant to be. At the end of 2015 they started hanging out again and ended up getting back together.

Liam was there to save the day during the wildfires.

When the terrible California fires devastated the land last year, Liam managed to save all their pets, and they have a lot. They have: 2 dogs, 3 cats, 4 horses and 2 pigs. Luckily he managed to drive them all to safety. Sadly, all that was left of their home was the 'LOVE' sign.

Sadly, after just 8 months of marriage, the couple officially split last year.

A rep for Miley told People: “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."

Things were tense at the last public appearance.

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Seen together for the last time at the Saint Laurent Men's Spring-Summer 2020 runway show in Malibu. Miley and Liam both appeared a bit tense, perhaps everything had already started to fall apart.

Apparently, friends of the couple were not surprised.

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A source that spoke to People said that friends of the couple were not surprised that the couple called it quits. according to the source: "They’re not on the same page when it comes to a lot of fundamental things that make a relationship work."

Did Liam want to start a family?

These "fundamental differences" that the source claimed caused the split between Miley and Liam could have been starting a family? Of course, this is just speculation but sometimes loving someone isn't enough when you're at different places in your life. Liam is 29 now and could well be getting broody for his own brood. Chris and his wife Elsa have three children now, it would make sense if Liam wanted that for himself.

And as for Miley?

She was taking time to reflect. Sharing with her Instagram followers, Cyrus appeared to be taking a very pragmatic approach to the break-up. "Change is inevitable."

Though there are other things that the pop star seems to be reflecting on...

Her sexual awakening, being one. The singer has always been open about her fluid sexuality, telling Paper Magazine, "I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age. Everything that’s legal, I’m down with. Yo, I’m down with any adult — anyone over the age of 18 who is down to love me."

She then took a vacation with The Hills star, Kaitlynn Carter.

And the pair were seen kissing and cuddling whilst sunbathing in Lake Komo. Both Miley and Kaitlynn had only recently separated from their respective husbands, so I guess that's something to bond over, right?

Some suspected that Miley and Kaitlynn were more than just a fling...

TMZ has reported that Miley, her mom, Tish, and Kaitlynn were spotted hanging out together in West Hollywood.

People suspected the pair were moving on quickly.

And it was quickly proven that the exes are more than aware of this budding relationship.

It didn't take long for the exes to get involved...

It never does, does it? Brody Jenner was married to Kaitlynn, but the couple called it quits after just 1 year. And it didn't take him long to take to social media to voice his opinions on the raunchy pictures. He posted an inspirational shot of him stood alone along the edge of a cliff, captioning his post with, "Don't let yesterday take up too much of today." Seemingly innocent so far, right?

The comments beg to differ.

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Jenner's The Hills co-star, Brandon Lee weighed in on Instagram calling the Miley and Kaitlynn pics a "scandal," with Jenner replying that he would get pics of himself and Liam holding hands... An obvious dig at the girls' adventure in Lake Komo, don't you think?

And Miley wasn't having any of it.

Most people should know this by now... do not mess with Miley. The pop star was quick to respond to their Twitter digs, and she didn't hold anything back.

You tell 'em, Miley.

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Not the type of girl to hold her tongue, Miley chimed in and told Jenner to take a nap and "cool off."

Some argue that Brody was simply making light of the situation...

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As what actually went down between Kaitlynn and Miley still remains something of a mystery.

The pair eventually offered some resolution.

According to sources, the pair viewed their well-publicized kiss as just good fun, and neither is looking to get back into a serious relationship so soon after their respective marriage breakdowns.

But months on, Kaitlynn has finally broken her silence on the relationship.

Speaking to Whitney Port on Instagram Live, she spilled the tea on what went down.

And let's just say she didn't have fond memories.

"What happened to me, like, basically just after Miley and I went our separate ways, I thought, ‘OK, like, my life’s just kinda going back to the way it normally was for me when I’m on my own."

"I had no expectations that anyone would give a s**t about me by myself."

"I had no plan in place. I didn’t think about anything."

"For example, I was dealing with a lot emotionally at that time, obviously, and I really wasn’t going out anywhere."

"I was just staying home."

"I just didn’t anticipate anything like this happening."

"I’m used to it when I’m, like, with Brody or when I was with her, but never when I’m on my own. My mind is just swirling."

"I was just so mortified."

"The narrative was so not what the actual situation was and that was such a wake-up call for me."

"I had never thought about what my narrative even was or what it was going to be."

"I had always gone with the flow or whatever people say they say, I don’t care."

"In relationships especially, I have always taken a back seat a little bit and sort of trusted the person I’m with to run the show, especially publicly because it’s never really been something that I wanted."

"I never really wanted to put myself out there that way."

"But the bigger picture, the rest of the world, where you don’t know everyone, that’s like a whole other level."

"I was naive. You don’t get to be so nonchalant about it."

Well, there you have it!

And as for Miley? Scroll on for the do-gooding she's been partaking in recently ...