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 hit a rough patch in 2013 and split for several years. It was in that season that both parties were continuously reminded of each other–despite being in separate places.
“You couldn’t make this up,” Cyrus told Vanity Fair in her new cover story. “The first record that I ever made as myself—not as Hannah Montana, the first record I ever made as Miley Cyrus—I did most of that record in that house.”
That house, of course, was the home she eventually ended up sharing with Hemsworth in Malibu. Sadly, the property burned down last fall in the fire that claimed thousands of homes in the area. Cyrus explained how a producer named Matthew Wilder previously lived on the property, and Cyrus had once worked with this professional at her future home.
Many years later during the couple’s split, Hemsworth bought the home without knowing that Cyrus had once recorded on the property. “And then he shows up, ready to move in,” Cyrus recalled. “And the old owners are cleaning out the garage and getting out all these plaques and s—t with my face on it. Liam showed up and was like, ‘What the f—k?’”
Hemsworth previously opened up about the period while they were apart. “Of course it was hard, man,” he told GQ Australia several years ago. “But at the time we were going in different directions and it’s just what needed to happen.”
Eventually, the pair reconciled in 2016 and moved in together. They didn’t decide to marry until their recent encounter with the fire, which Cyrus explained in detail in the piece.
“What Liam and I went through together changed us. I’m not sure without losing Malibu, we would’ve been ready to take this step or ever even gotten married, who can say?” she continued. “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 married in an intimate, impromptu wedding over the holidays on December 23.
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