Miley Cyrus released her single, "Flowers," earlier this month and it quickly became known as one of the pettiest revenge breakup songs that has been released in a long time. Her rocky relationship with her ex-husband, Liam Hemsworth has been plastered throughout popular media since the two got together in 2009. Almost fifteen years later, the two divorced after a very public breakup in 2020. Fans sided with Liam Hemsworth, as Miley Cyrus was seen as a problematic party girl.
In 2013 Cyrus released the song, "Wrecking Ball," an intense breakup ballad supposedly about their on-and-off-again relationship before they got engaged. It was one of the first times she ever addressed their relationship publicly, along with showing off her new sense of confidence in herself and her body in the music video, which made for a highly viral song. "Wrecking Ball" debuted at #50 on the US Billboard Top 100 but rose to #1 a few weeks later.
Source: Women's Health Magazine
Miley is now speaking up about their relationship with a new narrative in her new single, and keeping in trend with how public their relationship was; she did not hold back. "Flowers" has gone viral and is currently charted at #1 on Apple Music and Spotify. Since its release, the internet has picked apart the song and music video, revealing easter eggs and hidden meanings. Fans love the honesty, transparency, and overall pettiness that Miley has brought forth. Putting her side of the story out there helped reclaim her spot at the top of the charts.
The first notable easter egg is the track itself. Cyrus chose to sample "When I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars. Liam supposedly dedicated Mars's song to her while they were in the midst of their divorce. Calling out the falsities in their failed marriage, she flipped the lyrics, which changed the whole meaning of the song.
Mars's chorus reads,
"Mm, too young, too dumb to realize
That 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."
While Cyrus's chorus reads,
"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."
After reading both choruses, it becomes obvious that Cyrus's song is a clear response to Mars's song despite it not being a response directed towards him.
Another hidden meaning in the lyrics is when she references how they "built a home and watched it burn together." This is a nod to the Californian wildfires in 2018, which left their Malibu mansion in ruins just a month before their upcoming wedding.
The Release Date
Another nod to Cyrus's failed marriage that needs very little explanation is the release date. The song was released on January 12th in the US and January 13th in Australia— which happened to be her ex, Liam Hemsworth's 33rd birthday. Since the song is a message to him, it seems fitting that it would be Miley's birthday gift to her ex-husband.
The Music Video
While this next reference is unconfirmed, many TikTok users believe that the house where Cyrus chose to film the music video for the single was where Hemsworth used to have affairs with other women while they were still married. It is believed by many fans that there were around fourteen other women in his life while he was with Cyrus.
In one part of the music video, Cyrus walks down an empty street and stops for a moment to twerk. Miley's dance moves resemble how she danced at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscars after-party on the red carpet, where her ex-husband is quoted saying, "Sweetheart, don't do that, we're on the carpet." This was not the first time they had a tense conversation on a red carpet.
While at the premiere for Avengers: Endgame in 2019, Cyrus is seen sticking her tongue out and air-licking Hemsworth. Liam did not like this, as he is quoted asking her if she could behave for once. This is referenced in the music video, as Miley wears the same suit that her ex-husband wore to that very premiere.
For a long time, Miley Cyrus was seen as purposefully problematic and the cause of a lot of publicized drama. She regained control of the narrative by sharing her side of the story through the only way people would hear her: her music. Now, after grabbing the public's attention, fans are eager for her album, Endless Summer Vacation, to come out, which is due to be released on March 10th of this year.