Earlier this month, the singer revealed she was back and better than ever, which a new era of Miley Cyrus coming in 2023. The 30-year-old kicked off the campaign with lead single, 'Flowers', which was released on Friday [13 January.]
It didn't take long for the internet to read deeply into everything from the lyrics to the music video - and even the release date, linking things back to Miley's decade long on-off relationship with actor Liam Hemsworth. The pair announced their split in August 2019, after eight months of marriage.
All the rumoured Liam Hemsworth references in Miley Cyrus song 'Flowers'
It was released on his birthday
While many of the Liam references in 'Flowers' are pure fan speculation, this one does ring true. 'Flowers', the lead single from Miley's new era, was released on 13th January 2023, aka Liam's 33rd birthday. Maybe it was a coincidence..?
The lyrics respond to Bruno Mars' 'When I Was Your Man', which some reports claim Liam once dedicated to Miley
While we can't find a confirmed report, many outlets claim Liam once dedicated Bruno Mars' song 'When I Was Your Man' to Miley, which is relevant because her lyrics in 'Flowers' seem to respond directly to that song's lyrics.
In 'When I Was Your Man', Bruno sings:
“I should have bought you flowers, And held your hand / Should have gave you all my hours, When I had the chance / Take you to every party 'cause all you wanted to do was dance / Now my baby's dancing, But she's dancing with another man.”
In Miley's 'Flowers', she sings:
“I can buy myself flowers, Write my name in the sand / Talk to myself for hours, Say things you don't understand / I can take myself dancing, And I can hold my own hand / Yeah, I can love me better than you can.”
Fans have unearthed a video of Miley dancing to 'Uptown Funk' by Bruno on her wedding day, so maybe she had his best hits playlist on...?
Miley is wearing an oversized suit, similar to one Liam once wore
Another link Miley's fans are making to her ex-husband is the suit she wears. It's, of course, not exactly the same (the lapels and buttons look different), but her outfit in 'Flowers' is somewhat similar to what Liam wore on the Avengers: Endgame premiere red carpet in 2019, aka the same red carpet when a video clip went viral of him telling her "Could you behave for once?" when she pretended to lick him.
The lyrics may reference when their house burned down
In late 2018, just before they got married, Liam and Miley's home in Malibu was ravaged by California wildfires. Fans think Miley references this in 'Flowers', with the lyrics:
"We were good, we were gold. Kind of dream that can't be sold. We were right 'til we weren't. Built a home and watched it burn."
In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2020, following their divorce, Miley says the fire was a contributing factor in why the pair got married, explaining that it "did what I couldn’t do myself... It removed me from what no longer was serving its purpose. And then as you drown, you reach for that lifesaver and you want to save yourself. I think that’s really what, ultimately, getting married was for me. One last attempt to save myself."
Miley does a similar dance move to one Liam distanced himself from
Another unearthed clip from the red carpet shows Liam saying "We're not doing this. Not on the carpet" in response to Miley beginning to dance up against him, leaving her looking a little embarrassed in front of the camera. Some fans think this is similar to one particular dance move she does in 'Flowers', when singing "I can love me better."
It's worth pointing out neither Miley or Liam have responded to speculation about her 'Flowers' single, so we could all just be reaching.
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