Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have dated for nearly a decade now after meeting on, appropriately enough, the set of a Nicholas Sparks movie, The Last Song. No matter what people are saying about them, they’re still in love.
Hemsworth confirmed it Tuesday with a rare photo of the couple that he shared on Instagram, just as rumors that the two had split surfaced … again.
A post shared by Liam Hemsworth (@liamhemsworth) on Aug 28, 2018 at 8:17am PDT
Cyrus and Hemsworth have regularly battled such stories, in part because they’re celebrities and everything they do is overanalyzed, but also because in the early years of their relationship, even his friends categorized them as “on-off.” (To be fair, they were teenagers when they got together.)
Here’s a quick recap of their relationship status over the years, both in real life and according to tabloid reports:
August 2010: Actual breakup
According to E!, Cyrus’s work schedule caused them to call off their romance. Surprisingly, this is when sources described as Hemsworth’s friends said it wasn’t the first time he and Cyrus had ended things.
In November, a Cyrus friend confirmed breakup reports to E!: “They are, and have been, taking a break,” the source said. “It’s just a time-out. He’s in Australia and she is on her European tour.”
March 2012: Rumored makeup
People lost their minds when Cyrus hit the red carpet with a sparkler that seemingly no one had noticed before. The chatter was so loud that Cyrus felt compelled to address it on Twitter, where she seemed to take offense at the idea that the ring in question would ever be her engagement ring. It’s topaz, people!
I’m not engaged. I’ve worn this same ring on this finger since November! People just wanna find something to tal about! It’s a topaz people!
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) March 26, 2012
June 2012: Actual makeup
During the first week of June, Cyrus revealed that she had accepted a proposal from Hemsworth on May 31. (The ring was a 3.5-carat diamond, not a topaz.)
February-March 2013: Rumored breakup
The buzz that Cyrus and Hemsworth had decided to call the whole thing off grew so strong that she refuted it on social media. Rumors that she had cheated on him with former Gossip Girl actor Ed Westwick, and the fact that they had attended separate parties on the night of the Oscars, were the culprits.
Shortly after, Cyrus stepped out without her engagement ring, which went over really well, as you can imagine. She assured fans that a wedding was still in her future.
I am so sick of La. And sick of the lies that come with it. I didn’t call off my wedding. Taking a break from social media. #draining
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) March 6, 2013
Miley’s “Achy Breaky Heart” father, Billy Ray Cyrus, didn’t help matters in April when he said on Nightline, “They’re young, they’re kids. The great news is they’re great friends. They’re really, really good friends. If you end up getting married, that’s your business.”
September 2013: Actual breakup
Uh-oh. After Cyrus unfollowed Hemsworth on Twitter, her rep confirmed that they were dunzo, once again.
November 2015: Rumored makeup
Cyrus and Hemsworth were outed as friends, at the very least, when an animal shelter gave them a shoutout in the same post thanking them for adopting a dog. Aha!
There was more over the next few months. Cyrus was spotted hanging out with Elsa Pataky, who’s married to Hemsworth’s brother Chris. The “Wrecking Ball” singer was also photographed wearing her engagement ring again and unloading a moving truck at Hemsworth’s pad.
October 2016: Actual makeup
Finally, almost a year later, Miley confirmed that she and her man were once again a couple. And they were engaged!
The breakup rumors began again almost immediately and have continued to this day — of course, in between breathless reports about Jennifer Aniston’s 204th pregnancy.
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