Barely eight months after marrying Australian actor Liam Hemsworth, 26-year-old “gender-neutral, sexually fluid” pop singer Miley Cyrus has separated from their newlywed spouse.
A representative for Cyrus told People magazine:
“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.”
The two first met in 2008 on the set of The Last Song, a teenage coming-of-age romantic comedy. They began dating and got engaged in 2012 but called it off in 2013, remaining broken up for three years afterwards.
During a 2016 interview with Ellen DeGeneres, however, Cyrus confirmed getting back with and re-engaged to Hemsworth. They reportedly married in a small private ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee in December 2018.
Four months before marrying Hemsworth, Cyrus told Elle magazine:
I’m in a hetero relationship, but I still am very sexually attracted to women…. I made a partner decision. This is the person I feel has my back the most. I definitely don’t fit into a stereotypical wife role. I don’t even like that word.
Soon after announcing their split from Hemsworth, Cyrus was photographed kissing Kaitlynn Carter, the ex of reality TV personality Brody Jenner.
According to People, both Cyrus and Hemsworth have recently been photographed without either of them wearing their wedding bands. Hemsworth has reportedly “been spending time with his family, including brother Chris Hemsworth, in his native Australia.”
In a 2015 Marie Claire interview, Cyrus said that they felt “like a 15-year-old boy trapped in the body of a 22-year-old girl.” Then in a Paper interview, Cyrus said that they informed their mother of their dual attraction to boys and girls at age 14. That same year, Cyrus launched the Happy Hippie Foundation to help homeless and LGBTQ youth.
In a 2017 interview, Cyrus said that Hemsworth doesn’t like being identified as a “straight guy.” Hemsworth has also spoken in favor of marriage equality in his home country of Australia.