While Taylor Swift remains the indisputable queen of putting Easter eggs in music videos — I mean, have you seen the one for Lover? — it seems Miley Cyrus is taking a page out of Tay's book, releasing a music video that fans think is chock full of nods to her relationship and subsequent breakup with Liam Hemsworth.
On Friday, September 7, Miley dropped the hotly-anticipated music video for her new single "Slide Away." We've all agreed the song was undoubtedly a breakup anthem following her divorce from her husband of less than a year. Lyrics like, "So won’t you slide away. Back to the ocean, I’ll go back to the city lights" and "Move on, we're not 17" seem to be hints to Liam's home of Australia and how they met and fell in love when she was 17. (RIP The Last Song.)
As if that wasn't enough for fans, the music video contains a lot of things that could point to their relationship. In the video, a bored and unimpressed Miley wanders through a house as a raucous party unfolds around her. The premise itself is a clear parallel to one of her most famous videos, "We Can't Stop," in which the singer throws a wild house party and happily indulges in the partying. Now, as she sings lyrics like, "I want my house in the hills / Don't want the whiskey and pills" and "I'm not who I used to be" fans can see how much she — and presumably her relationship with Liam — has changed since then. Many fans also assumed the partying and shots of empty liquor and pill bottles could be a reference to Liam's alleged drug use. (The actor's reps denied those rumors.)
Eventually in the video, Miley heads into the pool, alone, and seems to find peace floating in the water. My interpretation: This is Miley letting her fans know she's found happiness post-breakup — potentially with her rumored new girlfriend, Kaitlynn Carter.
The biggest easter egg of all is a 10 of hearts playing card. As Cosmo spotted, one fan theorized about the card's meaning in the video's comments. "That 10 of hearts card under water at 1:23 means so deep! 10 years of love all drowned. This video is such a masterpiece!"
Ditto that. Watch the video, below:
Liam filed for divorce at the end of August, citing "irreconcilable differences." Miley's reps initially broke the news, with a statement, that read, "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."
Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue