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).
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.
Cyrus, then 16, meets 19-year-old Hemsworth when he stars as her romantic interest in The Last Song.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
Hemsworth gets candid with Details about Cyrus, saying she makes him “really happy.”
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.
I'm not engaged. I've worn this same ring on this finger since November! People just wanna find something to tal about! It's a topaz people!
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) March 26, 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.
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.”
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.”
Breakup rumors start spreading at a breakneck pace. Cyrus responds to Perez Hilton’s accusation that she had cheated with Ed Westwick.
@perezhilton hope you find love one day but can you not fuck with mine. I've never been with Ed W in my life. I was at the studio last night
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) February 8, 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.
I am so sick of La. And sick of the lies that come with it. I didn't call off my wedding. Taking a break from social media. #draining
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) March 6, 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.”
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.
While vacationing with friends in Italy, Hemsworth reportedly tells them that he and Cyrus will “always be best friends.”
Cyrus breaks back onto the dating scene with Patrick Schwarzenegger, and “Piley” is born.
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.”
“Piley” goes kaput.
Cyrus is photographed kissing 24-year-old Victoria’s Secret model Stella Maxwell. The pair (maybe) start dating.
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.”
Ever the animal advocate, Cyrus helps Hemsworth adopt a gigantic dog named Dora the Explorer.
Once again, the couple are reportedly engaged. A source tells People that Cyrus is “beyond happy” to be back together with Hemsworth.
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.
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.
During an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Cyrus (finally) confirms she and Hemsworth are in fact engaged again.
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.
For Hemsworth’s birthday, Cyrus posts a silly photo of the pair on her Insta feed, calling him her “favorite being EVER EVER EVER.”
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.
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.
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].”
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.