It’s a total dream. Miley Cyrus finally dropped her brand-new single, “Malibu,” and the accompanying music video on Thursday, May 11. The ethereal video opens with a colorful display of balloons and continues with shots of Cyrus singing across Malibu.
The superstar singer revealed last week that its lyrics were inspired by Liam Hemsworth, who also happened to capture the accompanying cover artwork for the single. “They’re going to talk about me if I come out of a restaurant with Liam,” the former Disney Channel actress previously told Billboard. “So why not put the power back in my relationship and say, ‘This is how I feel.’”
The song was conceived during an Uber ride while Cyrus was en route to tape The Voice. “I drive myself everywhere, but that day I decided to Uber, and I was trying not to sing out loud because someone else was in the car,” she said in the same interview.
In the catchy love song, Cyrus opens up about building her life with Hemsworth in Malibu. “We are just like the waves that flow back and forth,” Cyrus sings in the lyrics. “Sometimes I feel like I’m drowning and you’re there to save me and I want to thank you with all of my heart / It’s a brand new start / A dream come true / In Malibu.”
My new single #Malibu drops tomorrow! (Thursday May 11th!) 🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊 Tellllll everyone you know to check it out! (📷 by @liamhemsworth !)
A post shared by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on
The couple memorably split in 2013 only to reconcile in early 2016. They are once again engaged and both own properties in Malibu, where they live with their dogs. Cyrus recalled that painful time apart, and said it transformed her into the person she needed to be for Hemsworht.
“I needed to change so much,” she told Billboard last week. “And changing with someone else not changing like that is too hard. Suddenly you’re like, ‘I don’t recognize you anymore.’ We had to re-fall for each other.”