In a statement provided to People, Miley’s rep confirmed the separation, explaining: “Liam and Miley have agreed to separate at this time. Ever-evolving, changing as partners and individuals, they have decided this is what’s best while they both focus on themselves and careers. They still remain dedicated parents to all of their animals they share while lovingly taking this time apart. Please respect their process and privacy.”
Miley and Liam first met in 2010 on the set of The Last Song. After a bit of a rollercoaster relationship, they finally exchanged vows in December 2018. In the months since their wedding, the couple has been outspoken about how married life has — and hasn’t — changed their relationship.
“We know how we feel about each other,” Liam said in February during an appearance on E!’s Live With Kelly and Ryan. The actor went on to explain why they chose such an intimate wedding ceremony: “We just wanted to do something simple, organic, and with immediate family…it was a really, really special day.”
Their relationship has always been somewhat unconventional, with several off-on periods throughout the past decade, and it would seem as though their marriage was just as non-traditional. In a recent interview with Elle, Miley explained that she didn’t really fit into the stereotypical “wife” role, adding that she doesn't even like that word to begin with. “I think it’s very confusing to people that I’m married,” she said. “But my relationship is unique. And I don’t know that I would ever publicly allow people in there because it’s so complex, and modern, and new that I don’t think we’re in a place where people would get it.”
At the time of writing, neither Miley nor Liam have spoken personally about their split. As always, it is important to respect both parties’ privacy and give them the space they need during this time.
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