On her “Used to Be Young” TikTok series, Miley Cyrus has mostly kept the focus on her career highlights, outlining her journey from Hannah Montana lead to independent pop star. But in a recent video, where she discusses performing at Glastonbury in 2019, her personal life came to the forefront. Cyrus shared that performance was also the day—June 30, 2019—that she decided to end her marriage to Liam Hemsworth.
Prefacing the video by saying she would be discussing something “serious,” Cyrus recalled: “Glastonbury was in June , which was when the decision happened that me and Liam’s commitment to being married just really came from, of course, a place of love first, because we’d been together for 10 years, but also from a place of trauma and just trying to rebuild as quickly as we could.” Cyrus was referring to the couple losing their Malibu home in the Woolsey fire in November 2018. She married Hemsworth less than two months later at the end of December 2018.
“The day of the show was the day I had decided it was no longer going to work in my life to be in that relationship,” Cyrus continued. She still performed despite what was happening in her personal life. “So that was another moment where the work, the performance, the character came first. And I guess that’s why it’s now so important to me for that to not be the case, that the human comes first.”
Cyrus spoke more in depth about what led to their breakup previously, telling Howard Stern in December 2020:
“We were together since 16. Our house burned down. We had been like, engaged—I don’t know if we really ever thought we were actually going to get married, but when we lost our house in Malibu—which if you listen to my voice pre- and post-fire, they’re very different so that trauma really affected my voice. And I was actually in South Africa, so I couldn’t come home, and like, my animals were tied to a post at the beach. I lost everything. I had polaroids of Elvis, like front row, passed on from—I got a couple grandmas to give me their Elvis polaroids. I always became friends with my friends’ grandmas so I could get the goods from the artists I love.
“I had so much and it was all gone, every song I had ever written was in that house. Every photograph of me that my parents had given to me, all my scripts, I lost everything. And so in trying to put that back together, instead of going, ‘Oh, nature kind of did something I couldn’t do for myself; it forced me to let go,’ I ran toward the fire. Which is not abnormal, a lot of animals do this and end up dying, like deers run into the forest. You’re attracted to that heat and me being an intense person and not wanting to sit with it, and not wanting to go, you know, ‘What could be purposeful about this?’ I just clung to what I had left of that house, which was me and him. And I really do and did love him very, very, very much and still do, always will.”
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