Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth first met over a decade ago on the set of The Last Song, the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’s bestselling novel. On the road to personal discovery, however, the now-married pair underwent a series of challenges that put their relationship to the test, including a headline-making split in 2013 and their not-so-secret reconciliation three years later.
On Tuesday, June 11, Cyrus wished Hemsworth a happy anniversary (presumably not a wedding anniversary, given that the pair just got hitched this past winter) with a few throwbacks to the earlier days of their epic courtship. Here, check out a timeline of significant events that have led the pair to where they are now, in wedded bliss.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth meet on the set of The Last Song, playing, you guessed it, young teenagers in love. Though rumors of a romance sparked shortly after photos from set were released, the pair downplayed any suggestion of a romance. But even still, hints of a burgeoning love appeared several months later: Cyrus told Seventeen that November that she considered Hemsworth her “best friend.” Specifically, she said, “I’ve never gotten along with someone so well.”
The couple walked the red carpet together at the film’s premiere, and confirmed that they were dating, both in interviews and through their body language. That same year, Cyrus revealed that Hemsworth was her muse for her 2010 album Can’t Be Tamed. “There are a lot of songs that are about Liam,” she told 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.”
Just about one year into dating, the pair called it quits for the first time, blaming Cyrus’s busy work schedule and distance on their split (at the time, she was filming LOL in Detroit). The next month, however, it looked like the pair was trying to work things out after they were photographed running errands and eating out together.
By fall of the same year, it seemed as though the couple was done for good—for the time being, that is. Sources told E! News that despite the pair’s public fallout, fans shouldn’t “be surprised if they get back together.”
The former costars just can’t seem to quit each other; in April 2011, the headline-making couple had reunited, and Hemsworth made plans to join Cyrus for the Australian leg of her Gypsy Heart tour. “They’ve been hanging out a lot,” a friend of Hemsworth told E! News. “They’ve been trying to do it away from the cameras.” They attended the CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute event together in December just to cement their relationship status.
Cyrus is spotted with a ring on that finger, but even though fans were excited about a possible engagement, the singer had to deliver the bad news that she and Hemsworth were not, in fact, engaged—yet. “I’m not engaged … I’ve worn this same ring on this finger since November! People just wanna find something to talk about! It’s a topaz people!” she tweeted.
… but several months later, she and Hemsworth confirmed that they were, indeed, engaged. “I’m so happy to be engaged and look forward to a life of happiness with Liam,” she said in a statement at the time. Asked about her impending wedding on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in November, she said that her wedding “has to be perfect” and “has to be like a soundtrack in a movie.”
Perez Hilton reports that Cyrus cheated on Hemsworth with actor Ed Westwick, and a furious Cyrus fired back on social media. Still, it was hard for fans to ignore the fact that she and Hemsworth attended separate Oscar parties. By March, Cyrus was photographed without her engagement ring, and then with again, confusing fans as to whether or not she and Hemsworth were still an item.
Cyrus’s dad, Billy Ray, admits that he’s not sure whether or not the wedding will actually happen, telling Nightline, “They’re young, they’re kids. The great news is they’re great friends. And if you end up getting married, that’s your business too, you know?”
The pair make their last red carpet appearance together before they officially call off their engagement, at the Paranoia premiere, and their body language clearly reads: trouble. That same month, Cyrus twerks at the MTV VMAs, and Hemsworth is notably absent from the controversial awards show.
Cyrus unfollows Hemsworth on Twitter, and three days later, her rep confirms that the engagement is officially off. She tells Cosmopolitan for its December issue: “This is the best time of my life. I’m not going to look back on it and be like, ‘I wish I hadn’t been dwelling over a breakup,’ you know? Because that’s not what God wants my life to be about right now.”
Cyrus dates Patrick Schwarzenegger.
Cyrus and Schwarzenegger break up.
The pair seem like they’ve at very least reconciled their friendship, with Cyrus helping Hemsworth to adopt a new puppy, Dora the Explorer. Eagle-eyed fans also notice that Cyrus and Hemsworth are starting to crop up in their mutual friends’ Instagram photos, leading many to speculate that a romantic rendezvous has taken place.
Cyrus is spotted wearing what looks an awful lot like that same Neil Lane diamond ring from before, and sources confirm days later that she and Hemsworth are indeed engaged one more, and are even moving in together. In May of that year, they attend a wedding together Down Under.
In an interview with GQ, Hemsworth opens up about their 2013 split, admitting that it was tough on him, but was ultimately a necessary part of the journey. “But at the time we were going in different directions and it’s just what needed to happen,” he said. “We were both super young and it was a good decision at the time—we both needed that.”
Cyrus finally personally confirms her re-engagement to Hemsworth in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, bringing their relationship back around full circle.
After several months of being lovey dovey and cute, Cyrus releases a new singled called “Malibu,” which she tells Billboard is about Hemsworth and their rocky relationship. “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 said. She explained that she was going through a major life change in 2013 that necessitated their breakup. “And changing with someone else not changing like that is too hard. Suddenly you’re like, ‘I don’t recognize you anymore.’”
Cyrus tells Howard Stern during an interview that she was the one who initiated their breakup back in 2013. “I had to [end it],” she said. “I don’t like when relationships are two halves trying to make a whole … So, I don’t think that I have that co-dependency. 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.” The couple walked their first joint red carpet since their split at the Hollywood premiere of Thor: Ragnarok.
The pair make a rare red carpet appearance together at the 90th Academy Awards, both at Elton John’s annual AIDS Foundation viewing party and later at the Vanity Fair after party.
Cyrus and Hemsworth’s Malibu home burns down in the fires, a momentous event that helps strengthen the couple’s already strong relationship stronger. “What Liam and I went through together changed us,” Cyrus told Vanity Fair a few months later. “I’m not sure without losing Malibu, we would’ve been ready to take this step or ever even gotten married, who can say? But the timing felt right and I go with my heart. No one is promised the next day, or the next, so I try to be ‘in the now’ as much as possible.”
The couple marry in an intimate ceremony with just close family and friends.
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