Where Did Those Rumors of Liam Hemsworth Cheating on Miley Cyrus Come From? An Investigation

So, Miley Cyrus released “Flowers,” a breakup track and music video, on her ex-husband Liam Hemsworth’s birthday. Entertainingly shady, yes—but now social media is positively awash with the claim that Hemsworth cheated on Cyrus with 14 separate women in the very house where the video was filmed

Wait, what? Where did these oddly specific rumors come from, and why are they suddenly inescapable on TikTok and Twitter? To the best of my understanding, this rumor started from a January 13 tweet from pop-culture observer Pop Tingz, which reads, “The house where the music video for Miley Cyrus’ ‘Flowers’ was recorded was previously used by Liam Hemsworth to cheat on Miley with more than 14 women while they were married.” As of this writing, Pop Tingz’s viral tweet has accumulated 48.4k likes and a comment from Julia Fox. And yet! The claim hasn’t been verified by any legitimate news sources.

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But the story has since taken on a life of its own. Another persistent—but also unverified—claim is that Hemsworth dedicated Bruno Mars’s “When I Was Your Man” to Cyrus at their wedding and that the lyrics of “Flowers” are a nod to Mars’s lyrics. 

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TikTokers, meanwhile, have begun combing the “Flowers” video for additional incriminating Easter eggs. One creator has speculated that the gold evening dress Cyrus wears in the video is a reference to the gold dress Jennifer Lawrence wore to the Hunger Games premiere, and thus hinting that Hemsworth hooked up with his former costar. (Lawrence has said before that she kissed Hemsworth off-screen, but anything beyond that is unverified.)

Another popular theory on TikTok: In the video Cyrus allegedly wears the “same suit” Hemsworth wore to the Avengers premiere, where he reportedly told her to “behave” during an awkward red-carpet moment. While there is video of Hemsworth muttering something to Cyrus at that event, only the two of them know what was actually said. Yet another creator claims that Cyrus does Hemsworth’s workout routine in the video—though, again, there’s nothing on the record that can be traced back to.

The point is, this gossip snowball has turned into an avalanche in which it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. In turn, other social media users have pointed out that Miley Cyrus herself once said that infidelity wasn’t why she and Hemsworth divorced. “I can admit to a lot of things but I refuse to admit that my marriage ended because of cheating,” she tweeted in 2019.

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This phrasing is open to some interpretation, sure, but until either Miley Cyrus or Liam Hemsworth responds to the “14 women” allegation directly, it’s the closest thing to a primary source we’ve got in this whole story.

Originally Appeared on Glamour