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News reached us this weekend that Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth had agreed to go their separate ways, leaving fans heartbroken and completely shook. I mean, I will put my hands up and admit that I thought Liam and Miley were in it for the long haul.

With fans wondering what will happen following the split (another Wrecking Ball-Esque banger, perhaps?), Liam has kept his head down, extending his stay in Australia.

Miley, on the other hand, appears very reflective following the break-up, sharing sage words with her fans. And she has also been seen getting, ahem... close and cozy with reality TV star, Kaitlynn Carter while on vacation together.

I mean, that's one way to get over a breakup, isn't it? Miley has also thrown some serious shade at Kaitlynn's ex over Instagram and, in true Miley fashion, she didn't hold back.

After heartbroken Liam Hemsworth spoke out about those shocking pics, reports are in that Miley and her new beau may be getting pretty serious...

Keep scrolling to spill the tea...

 

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.

They picked up from where they left off.

Before they broke up in 2013, they had spent nearly a year being engaged together. When they got back together, in 2015, they got back together and remained fiancées. They even kept the same ring.

They were living their best lives.

They were living together, holidaying together, and just generally looked so happy, but so normal. Plus, they are both vegans and regularly share pictures together of themselves with all their pets.

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.

They were engaged, but no date seemed to have been set.

Although their engagement had been going on for years, to the outside world it seemed like Miley and Liam were just happy being regular twenty-somethings dating.

But then on Boxing Day, 2018, the internet went wild.

After months, years even, of thinking that maybe they were just another celebrity couple who would never tie the knot, two pictures were posted. It wasn't easy to see what was going on, especially as there were no pictures.

This was all we saw for a few days.

It sure looked like a wedding picture, but with no caption there was certainly room for doubt. Especially as it was around Christmas time. It's the one time of year when people could be wearing anything, for any occasion, and it could just be for Christmas.

And then we got to see the photos.

Out of nowhere, to celebrate Valentine's day, Miley started posting some photos from their wedding. In true Miley style, she posts a real picture of them just being them.

This is why we loved them.

Miley marches to her own tune and does things for herself, rather than other people. It seems like she and Liam have that in common.

The blushing bride looks picture perfect.

This is one of the few pictures that have been posted of Miley in her wedding dress. Her Vivienne Westwood dress was simple, but elegant. Much like their wedding, which was for close family only.

Even on her wedding day, she is still rocking at being herself.

Most people have a billion wedding photos, and all of them are staged. Often near some trees, or a sunset, or some other improbable setting. But Miley just posted a photo of herself rocking it on the dancefloor.

But with a beautiful man on her arm who will support her.

This picture is beyond sweet, particularly as it resonates for so many of us. With Miley at 1.65m and Liam standing tall at 1.91m, there is nearly a foot difference in their height, but they're happy to meet in the middle.

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

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."

Rumors of a split first started after the singer posted a picture of herself not wearing a wedding ring.

Miley captioned the picture "Mute me if you don’t want SPAMMED" In response to the image, her sister, Brandi, commented, “Boooooooooooooom!" It looks like we're about to see a lot more of Miley.

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."

A picture tells a thousand words...

In an Instagram post of the couple featuring on SNL, Liam writes, "A picture tells a thousand words," From the still, we see Miley pulling away whilst Liam, not noticing, laughs along with his brother. There's certainly some foreshadowing of what was going to happen...

Happier times...

Miley hasn't ever really kept her feelings for Liam quiet. All the love songs, all the break-up songs... She would even take to her Instagram just to share all the things she liked about him.

I guess sometimes love isn't enough.

The fire that ripped apart the couple's Malibu home last year now feels a little bit like a bad omen. I guess with love sometimes it doesn't matter how much you put into it, how much time you invest, all it takes is for a strong wind to blow in the wrong direction for it all to come down in flames. ...God, I'm starting to sound as deep as Miley, maybe her sage words over the last couple of days are rubbing off on me. (That and I'm playing her break up discography on shuffle haha)

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.

Miley's friendship with Chris' wife Elsa Pataky.

Who knows what will happen with Miley's friendship with Elsa. The two girls have displayed a strong friendship over the last couple of years. They even have matching wave tattoos. From the looks of it, Liam and Miley are ending on good terms so there's no reason why the girls shouldn't remain friends. No longer sisters though...

What will happen to the dogs?

Miley and Liam have plenty of dogs together and have promised to continue to co-parent their dogs following the split. They have promised that they will "remain dedicated parents to all of their animals."

And as for Miley?

She's taking time to reflect. Sharing with her Instagram followers, Cyrus appears to be taking a very pragmatic approach to the break-up as she says, "change is inevitable." Why fight it? (I can't wait for the break-up album! - which is also inevitable, right?)

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 recently 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 have only recently separated from their respective husbands, so I guess that's something to bond over, right?

But it appears that Miley and Kaitlynn are more than just a fling...

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

A cute family outing, perhaps?

The spot in which they were all hanging out together was a "hot spot" in West Hollywood, meaning they were probably more than aware of the lurking paparazzi and tourists.

It could be perfectly innocent...

We all know how close Miley is to her mom. This could just be a lunch date with her new best pal... right?

Introducing your other half to your mom is a pretty big deal...

So if this isn't just a couple of friends out having lunch, things must be getting serious if Miley wants Kaitlynn to spend time with her family.

They're moving pretty quickly if they are together.

If Miley and Kaitlynn are making their relationship official, they're moving pretty damn quickly, and it's been 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." Who knows whether the kissing was a thing or not? With both Miley and Kaitlynn so recently single, my guess is that neither girls are looking to jump back into anything serious. Not that it's Brody Jenner's business anymore...

Some argue that Brody and Jenner were simply making light of the situation...

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As only 2 days ago, Jenner had commented on his ex-wife's selfie with Miley, "hot girl summer." We will never know. All we do know, though, is that we can leave a group of single people to do their single people things. It isn't too scandalous, is it?

But you may be wondering something.

How has the other major player in this story, Liam Hemsworth, reacted to this controversial social media display?

Liam's actually been pretty quiet on social media of late.

It seems like he's trying to stay out of the spotlight, and keep the split as amicable as possible. But it seems like he can't keep his emotions totally bottled up.

Because sources have revealed Hemsworth's reaction to that makeout session.

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And, to be honest, it's only made us like Liam more. According to Page Six, Liam was "heartbroken and blindsided by those photos." Someone give the man a hug!

There's also an update from Miley and Kaitlynn.

According to sources, the pair are viewing 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.

Miley's back in L.A. after her eventful vacation.

And it seems like her breakup has been something of a creative inspiration, as she's already teasing new music on her Instagram. Well, at least fans of the singer can take something good from the split!