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The Evolution of Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth's Relationship

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These Hollywood lovebirds have been through a lot together

Since meeting on the set of the the Nicholas Sparks film adaptation of The Last Song, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have experienced countless ups and downs in their courtship. But one thing always seemed to endure: their friendship. And after years spent apart, that friendship provided the foundation needed for the pair to reunite last year for good (or so it seems).

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Will they ever make it down the aisle? That much remains to be seen. What seems more certain at this point, though, is that Cyrus and Hemsworth's life together will never be dull — just check out the evolution of their relationship over time.

June 2009

Cyrus, then 16, meets 19-year-old Hemsworth when he stars as her romantic interest in The Last Song.

November 2009

By August, the pair are officially dating and, in November, Cyrus opens up to Seventeen magazine about Hemsworth. Calling him her best friend, she gushes, "I've never gotten along with someone so well."

March 2010

Cyrus and Hemsworth make their red carpet debut as a couple, attending an Oscars event and the premiere of The Last Song. That same month, she reveals to Parade that he is her "first serious boyfriend."

These Hollywood lovebirds have been through a lot together
Image: WENN

June 2010

Cyrus drops her new album, Can't Be Tamed, and tells MTV News, "There are a lot of songs that are about Liam. I tell him every one's about him."

August 2010

Hemsworth's rep confirms that he and Cyrus have split after more than a year of dating. Despite rumors that he had gotten super-flirty in Newport Beach with someone other than Cyrus, a source told E! News that Cyrus was just focusing more on her career. "Liam wanted more, but she's 17 and has other priorities right now," said the source. "He's been a distraction."

September 2010

After the pair are spotted running errands around town (including a Panera Bread run), rumors that they are back together fly. An eyewitness claims, "They definitely seemed like a couple again."

November 2010

For the second time, the couple reportedly call it quits. "There was no drama. The relationship just ran its course. They were good friends first and remain friends," a Hemsworth source told People.

April 2011

They sure aren't quitters! Hemsworth and Cyrus decide to give it another shot, with an insider revealing that the couple are "taking it slow and just enjoying each other's company."

December 2011

Make no mistake — Hemsworth and Cyrus are back on. In addition to attending the CNN Heroes Gala in Los Angeles together, the pair make their way to Hawaii for some fun in the sun.

These Hollywood lovebirds have been through a lot together
Image: FayesVision/WENN

February 2012

Hemsworth gets candid with Details about Cyrus, saying she makes him "really happy."

March 2012

The internet lights up with rumors that Cyrus and Hemsworth are secretly engaged after Cyrus wears a ring on that finger at the LA premiere of The Hunger Games. Cyrus denies said rumors.

June 2012

Mere months after Cyrus denies an engagement, the couple announce their engagement. "I'm so happy to be engaged and look forward to a lifetime of happiness with Liam," she tells People.

November 2012

Cyrus appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she says her wedding "has to be perfect" and "has to sound like a soundtrack in a movie."

January 2013

The couple are spotted having some QT during a vacation to Costa Rica. That same month, Cyrus tells Cosmopolitan, "Number one is my relationship with Liam. That's what I feel the most confident in."

February 2013

Breakup rumors start spreading at a breakneck pace. Cyrus responds to Perez Hilton's accusation that she had cheated with Ed Westwick.

March 2013

Cyrus is spotted without her engagement ring, prompting everyone to assume she and Hemsworth had called off their engagement. Cyrus is over it on Twitter. She does not take kindly to the rumors.

August 2013

In what would be their last red carpet appearance as a couple for quite some time, Cyrus and Hemsworth attend the LA premiere of Paranoia. Later that month, Cyrus would perform her infamous VMAs stunt of twerking on Robin Thicke and simulating masturbation with a giant foam finger. Hemsworth reportedly found it "mortifying."

September 2013

They call off their engagement and split (again). One day later, Hemsworth is photographed making out with 23-year-old Mexican telenovela star Eliza Gonzalez.

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June 2014

While vacationing with friends in Italy, Hemsworth reportedly tells them that he and Cyrus will "always be best friends."

November 2014

Cyrus breaks back onto the dating scene with Patrick Schwarzenegger, and "Piley" is born.

These Hollywood lovebirds have been through a lot together
Image: Michael Wright/WENN

December 2014

In an interview with GQ, Hemsworth's brother Chris subtly alludes to Cyrus, saying, "I've watched Liam do things I did at his age, like being in relationships he shouldn't be in, or being reckless just to prove a point."

April 2015

"Piley" goes kaput.

July 2015

Cyrus is photographed kissing 24-year-old Victoria's Secret model Stella Maxwell. The pair (maybe) start dating.

August 2015

Responding to the Maxwell rumors in Elle UK, Cyrus states, "I'm very open about it — I'm pansexual. But I'm not in a relationship. I'm 22, I'm going on dates, but I change my style every two weeks, let alone who I'm with."

November 2015

Ever the animal advocate, Cyrus helps Hemsworth adopt a gigantic dog named Dora the Explorer.

New "gigantic" rescue pup! Dora the Explorer. #rescuedog!

A post shared by Liam Hemsworth (@liamhemsworth) on

January 2016

Once again, the couple are reportedly engaged. A source tells People that Cyrus is "beyond happy" to be back together with Hemsworth.

April 2016

It's a family affair! Cyrus gets matching wave tattoos with Hemsworth's sister-in-law Elsa Pataky (Chris's wife) while on vacation in Australia.

August 2016

On a car ride with her beagle and bae, Cyrus posts an Instagram video of Hemsworth singing the Justin Bieber song "Love Yourself." At one point, he tries to scare her, to which she responds, "Babe, stop, seriously." Fans freak over the rare look at the couple's everyday life.

BGVs: @liamhemsworth Starring : Barbie Da Beagle @beaglefreedom

A post shared by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on

October 2016

During an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Cyrus (finally) confirms she and Hemsworth are in fact engaged again.

December 2016

Officially out in the open now, the happily engaged couple post a slew of holiday photos on Instagram in which they are being predictably adorable.

Happy birthday Jesus

A post shared by Liam Hemsworth (@liamhemsworth) on

January 2017

For Hemsworth's birthday, Cyrus posts a silly photo of the pair on her Insta feed, calling him her "favorite being EVER EVER EVER."

May 2017

The release of Cyrus' new single "Malibu" prompts the singer to reveal that she wrote the song about Liam to reclaim the narrative of their relationship. The album cover photo comes courtesy of Cyrus' hunky beau.

July 2017

The couple continue to cruise along toward their future together, but Cyrus takes a moment to throw back to their sweet beginning on the set of The Last Song.

Happy #InternationalKissingDay! Our first smooch 8 years ago!

A post shared by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on

September 2017

In an interview with The Daily Mail, Cyrus emphasizes that she is in no hurry to walk down the aisle. "I don't envision marriage. I'm 24. I hope I get to live a little bit more," she said. "I have too much living to do [before I get married]."

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October 2017

During a revealing segment on Howard Stern, Cyrus says she gets butterflies in her stomach when Hemsworth has a hot co-star but that she trusts him... mostly. "I keep my little spies," she teases.

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