It’s been quite a week for Miley Cyrus. The singer has been in the news since she was photographed canoodling someone who wasn’t husband Liam Hemsworth, and it wasn’t long before the couple announced their separation. Now, Miley is letting it all out—in the form of a song.
There’s no mistaking how personal Cyrus’s first track since her split from Hemsworth is. “Slide Away” has lyrics that will tear at the heartstrings if you were rooting for Miley and Liam: “Move on we’re not 17, I’m not who I used to be.” The now-26-year-old met Liam in 2009 on the set of the Nicholas Sparks romance The Last Song, when she would have been about 17. And with lyrics like, “Once upon a time it was paradise” and “Woke up one day it had turned to dust, baby we were found but now we’re lost, so it’s time to let it go,” it would appear that Miley didn’t take the breakup lightly.
She also alludes to drugs and alcohol with the line, “I want my house in the hills, Don’t want the whiskey and pills, I don’t give up easily but I don’t think I’m down.” That’s in keeping with reports that Cyrus, who has had her own issues with substance abuse, struggled with Liam’s alleged partying. The cover art for “Slide Away” even shows pills and liquor bottles floating in water.
This is the first song Cyrus has released since her EP SHE IS COMING earlier this year. Her seventh album, She Is Miley Cyrus, is expected later this year.
Miley and Liam’s relationship was on and off for a decade. Hemsworth first popped the question in 2012 but they split a year later. They reconciled in 2015, but kept a low profile to the point that people didn’t know whether they were still together. They wed in an intimate ceremony at their Nashville home in December.