Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth’s love story was one for the ages. There was drama, a lifetime of rumors, sweet reunions, and, of course, that Neil Lane diamond engagement ring. As we mourn the end of Miley and Liam’s ~love journey~ together now that they’ve broken up, here’s a look back at the journey.
June 2009: Miley and Liam meet on the set of The Last Song, aka your favorite Nicholas Sparks movie after The Notebook. Just look at how young (and in love) they are.
November 2009: Miley calls Liam her “best friend” in an interview.
March 2010: Miley and Liam make their red-carpet debut as a couple at an Oscars event, confirming that they are, in fact, dating.
They also walk the carpet together for The Last Song premiere.
June 2010: Miley reveals Liam was largely her muse for Can’t Be Tamed. “There are a lot of songs that are about Liam,” she tells MTV News. “All of them are about him in a way, but it’s also about past relationships that you gotta get over and move on and just about freeing yourself from anything that you feel holds you back.”
August 2010: Miley and Liam’s relationship endures its first breakup, reportedly due to her work schedule.
September 2010: Miley and Liam are spotted running errands and eating together, suggesting they are back together again.
November 2010: They break up again. A source tells E! it’s “just a time out,” whatever that means.
April 2011: They’re back on! But this time, they’re reportedly “taking it slow and just enjoying each other’s company.”
December 2011: Liam accompanies Miley to the CNN Heroes Gala in Los Angeles.
February 2012: Liam tells Details that Miley makes him “really happy.” They attend another round of Oscar parties, including the glamorous Vanity Fair bash.
March 2012: Miley accompanies Liam to the Los Angeles premiere of The Hunger Games. Engagement rumors brew shortly after Miley is spotted wearing a ring on ~that finger~.
Miley denies the engagement:
November 2015: Miley helps Liam adopt a new best friend. Say hello to Dora the Explorer. Really.
January 2016: Miley pops up Down Under and also on Instagram accounts belonging to friends of the Hemsworths.
Miley wears what appears to be her engagement ring, the same Neil Lane ring from Liam, on ~that finger~. Photographers catch Miley and a moving truck at Liam’s house. People sources say Miley “seems ecstatic” about the reunion.
Days later, a source confirms to People that Miley and Liam are engaged again and that the singer is “beyond happy” to be back together with her boo.
April 2016: Miley and Liam are seen in public together for the first time since getting engaged again, first in Hollywood getting lunch at vegan hotspot Gracias Madre, then in Byron Bay in Australia.
May 2016: Miley and Liam’s sister-in-law Elsa Pataky (Chris’s wife) get matching wave tattoos in Australia. Professional surfer Kelly Slater and his girlfriend, Kalani Miller, also get inked with the same design, according to this Instagram from tattoo artist Lauren Winzer.
That same weekend, Miley and Liam attend a wedding together (someone else’s, not theirs). She also performs an acoustic set for the newlyweds and at one point can be heard saying, “This song is about the person that I love, so now it works for you guys.”
May 2016: In an interview with GQ, Liam gets candid about his relationship with Miley, noting that their 2013 split was difficult on him. “But at the time, we were going in different directions and it’s just what needed to happen. We were both super young and it was a good decision at the time—we both needed that.” Of his current relationship status, he offers this: “People will figure it out, they already have….They’re not dumb.” Nope.
June 2016: Miley takes a mirror selfie while wearing a jersey with the name Hemsworth on the back.
July 2016: Miley pays a visit to tattoo artist Dr. Woo to add a teeny-tiny drawing of Vegemite to her arm. Vegemite is Liam’s favorite condiment.
One week later, Miley makes a casual appearance on Liam’s Instagram feed, along with this cute little muffin.
Liam also makes a casual appearance on Miley’s Insta while wearing a shirt from her Happy Hippie Foundation. Okay, it’s not that casual, he’s clearly snuggling with Dora the pup instead of Miley, and that doggo looks guilty.
Before the end of the month, Miley wears a different ring—a wedding band? a new promise ring? a mood ring?—on her ring finger, causing everyone to freak out three times over.
August 2016: Liam sings Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” while in a car with Miley, causing fans to completely lose it because it’s basically the scene from The Last Song. While Liam’s face isn’t shown in Miley’s Insta video, she credits him with “BGVs” (background vocals) in the caption along with a nod to Barbie Da Beagle.
September 2016: Liam posts a #TBT of him and Miley on the set of The Last Song. Look how young! And look, abs.
October 2016: Miley finally confirms that she and Liam are engaged during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres.
November 2016: Miley and Liam step out for a rare public outing in Los Angeles, hitting up Vijat Mohindra’s first solo photography exhibition at the Museum at Retail Space Gallery. The photos are too much.
Liam gives his lady a shout-out on her birthday and yes, he wrapped that present all by himself.
December 2016: Miley and Liam kick off the holidays with many, many sweet snuggly photos together.
January 2017: Miley shares some cute photos from her New Year’s with Liam and their families. She calls him “hot,” because it’s true.
Miley gives Liam a birthday shout-out on Instagram, calling him her “favorite being.” Heart. Full.
February 2017: Miley kicks off Valentine’s Day 2017 with a throwback to a 2015 photo of her at the AmfAR gala. But there’s a twist: She’s twinning with Liam, who is also “wearing” the dress.
IRL, the couple spends V Day in the great outdoors with their pups Tani and Dora.
May 2017: Miley announces in an interview with Billboard that she will release a new single called “Malibu,” which is a love song about Liam. She says she wrote it while riding an Uber to the set of The Voice and that she decided to make it about Liam because she wanted to take back the narrative of her relationship, which has been in the spotlight for years. “They’re going to talk about me if I come out of a restaurant with Liam. So why not put the power back in my relationship and say, ‘This is how I feel’?” She says they broke up in 2013 because she was going through a major life change. “And changing with someone else not changing like that is too hard. Suddenly you’re like, ‘I don’t recognize you anymore.’” She says they had to “refall for each other” when they got back together.
For the cover art for “Malibu,” Miley enlists Liam. The result is beautiful. And yes, that’s her engagement ring.
The song is as beautiful as their relationship, with Miley singing about how Liam saved her and how they are embarking on something new. It’s so sweet it hurts.
July 2017: Liam calls Miley his “little angel” in a sweet black-and-white Instagram.
Miley responds by reposting the Insta but not before questioning Liam’s choice of photo. These two. 😍
September 2017: In an interview with the Sun on Sunday (via the Daily Mail), Miley says she has no wedding plans for now. “I don’t envision marriage. I’m 24. I hope I get to live a little bit more,” she tells the paper. “I have too much living to do [before I get married].” She continued, “Three years ago, if you’d asked me if I’d be here, this happy with this man, I’d have been stunned. I’m just riding this out. In some relationships, you lose yourself by being with someone else. Actually, it made me find myself more. I have no idea what the next three years will bring, but if it’s possible to get even happier, I’ll take it.”
In the same interview, Miley revealed that she and Liam maintained a private friendship during their time apart. “I didn’t know [we’d get back together]. I’m so crazy, I have no idea. But I had something in my heart, it never felt like it was really over. We kept a great friendship really private. It’s good for people to have that space to grow individually. Otherwise when you’re with someone from 16 until 24, you grow into the same person.”
To celebrate Miley’s Younger Now album release on September 29, Liam shares this sweet Instagram post, writing, “Check out this little hottie’s new album! She’s got a bright future ahead ;) Get it while it’s hot!”
The album contains several songs that make reference to Liam, including “Malibu,” “Week Without You,” and “She’s Not Him,” which is believed to be about Miley’s brief romance with model Stella Maxwell during her time apart from Liam in 2015.
October 2017: In an interview with Howard Stern, Miley sheds more light on why she and Liam broke up in 2013. “I had to [end it]. I don’t like when relationships are two halves trying to make a whole....So, I don’t think that I have that codependency. I think people that break up and get back together, that’s awesome. You get time to be yourself. You get time to grow up. I think if you’re growing up attached to another person, you never really get solid as your own being.”
Miley and Liam make a joint red-carpet appearance for the first time in four years for the Hollywood premiere of Thor: Ragnarok, starring Liam’s brother Chris. The couple is drop-dead gorgeous.
November 2017: Liam makes a cameo on Saturday Night Live. Can you guess who the musical guest was?
And here’s a screenshot of Liam’s Price Is Right sketch, courtesy of his Insta:
Over Thanksgiving weekend, Miley sparks pregnancy rumors after sharing a photo of herself wearing an oversize gray shirt. Naturally, the photo, which included the hashtag #VeganTurkeyBaby, sends fans into a frenzy.
Before the end of the day, Miley responds to the pregnancy speculations on her Instagram Story, writing, “Not pregnant, just eating a shit-ton of tofurkey. Rude!!!!”
Ahead of her 25th birthday, Miley shares a photo of her birthday gift from Liam: a rainbow necklace of his nickname for her, Lili.
And before the end of the month, Liam posts this photo of his “Christmas angel” Miley.
January 2018: Miley and Liam jet to Australia ahead of Liam’s 28th birthday. Here they are leaving a restaurant on the Gold Coast looking sun-kissed and in love.
On Liam’s actual birthday, Miley shares this collage on Instagram:
February 2018: Miley wishes her Valentine, Liam, a happy Valentine’s Day on Twitter with an outtake from her shoot with Converse and photographer Ellen von Unwerth. Note that Miley is holding a heart-shaped cutout of “Lili,” Liam’s nickname for her.
April 2018: Road trip! Miley posted this video of herself jamming in the car, with Liam behind the wheel. In true annoyingly adorable boyfriend fashion, Liam plays a practical joke while Miley’s busy snapping the moment.
November 2018: Liam and Miley’s home burns down in the Malibu fires. All that remains is a sign that says “LOVE.”
Later in the month, Liam wishes Miley a happy birthday on Instagram, saying she’s “more precious than ever.”
December 2018: Miley goes on the Howard Stern Show and reveals that Liam single-handedly saved their four horses, two pigs, seven dogs, and three cats from the Malibu fires. And it earned him some hot sex. “He got a lot of action for saving the animals....Yeah, he got a lot of action,” she says. “We had to make sure he knew I was very, very grateful.”
Also December 2018: Miley confirms that Liam is the whole, um, package by commenting on a meme claiming he has “good dick game, empathy, a height above 5'9", no hoes, and common sense.”
ALSO December 2018: Miley and Liam are married! The couple spends Christmas Eve-Eve with friends and family, and not only does Miley wear a white dress...
...but there are also some pretty telling Mr. and Mrs. balloons.
January 14, 2019: Miley Instagrams the cutest message to her new husband (!) for his birthday, and it is LONG and FANTASTIC.
“L, HBD to my #1….When we met, you were 19, today you are 29….I thought I could share some of my favorite things about my favorite dude in honor of this very special day. The way you look at me, the way you look at our dogs, our pigs, our horses, our cats, our fish. The way you look at your family…your friends…at strangers…at life. The way you look at the ocean and the way you always take your time. The way you go outside when I ask ‘What’s the weather like?’ instead of checking your phone....
“The look on your face when you receive good news and how you look AT the bad news. I love how you always try things your way but are never to [sic] proud to ask for help. (Yes, I’ve noticed and taken note, I’m a work in progress.) The way you paint, the colors you choose. I love your dirty socks on the floor ’cause that means YOU’RE HOME.
“I love when you introduce me to a new band, so when you’re away, I can listen and it feels like you’re here. I love watching The Sandlot with you. I love laying in bed late at night looking for new recipes, only going to sleep so we can wake up and make breakfast together having a hot cup of coffee (almost as hot as you are). I love those little lines around your eyes when you laugh or look into the sun....I love the way we speak in our own language. Sometimes with just a look.
“I love laying on the couch eating Chinese when we’re hungover from the night before. I love going to a random party and remembering basically everyone is fake AF out here and how lucky I am to share a life with someone so REAL. I love the way you always listen & the way that you care…(even when it’s about RuPaul’s Drag Race).
“I love having a teeth brushin’ partner & when I’m lazy how you’ll comb my hair. I even love when you shrink my favorite T-shirt in the dryer—because having a boyfriend (oh em gee I almost forgot you’re my friggen husband now) that does laundry is pretty much the best thing ever. I love taking turns and sharing with you. I love taking long drives, sometimes going nowhere. I love how you’ll sit and listen to me pluck out a new tune on the guitar for hours....I love the way you mumble out loud when you read a new script or book. I love how you learn and grow. I love writing songs about you on the piano. I love how you let ME be ME.”
February 14, 2019: Miley posted an extremely NSFW Valentine’s Day message for Liam, which was peak “Miley bein’ Miley.”
Late August 10, 2019: Miley and Liam break up officially. 😢 Her rep confirms to People that the two have parted ways after getting married in December.
Here’s what the rep’s statement said:
“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.”
Liam and Miley still haven’t said anything about the breakup explicitly on social media.