Recently, Miley Cyrus released a new song, "Malibu," about her fiance Liam Hemsworth. Miley Cyrus' new song is perhaps a reference on how she met Liam in 2009, on the set of the movie The Last Song(a film that's set in a beach town), but it is a direct reference of the couple currently living in Malibu, California. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth broke-up and got back together a few times through the years. In 2013, many felt the couple broke-up for the final time. But they would reunite and become engaged again in 2016.
When the couple first started dating they were very young and Miley was still a teenager. Like every young person, Cyrus has mentioned before how she needed room to grow. Many people consider the ages of 20-23 to be one of the most awkward stages in life; you're becoming removed from the teenager you used to relate to, but you have never experienced full adulthood to know who you currently are. It is certainly difficult for a young couple to grow together and change; so, to many, the breakup and reunion of their love makes sense.
This isn't the first song from Miley Cyrus inspired by her fiance. In 2010 she said that he was her muse for her hit song "Can't Be Tamed." But where her lyrics in "Can't Be Tamed" felt like it was a declaration of independence, "Malibu" comes across as endearing and shows vulnerability. According to a 2013 Cosmopolitan article, Miley Cyrus has several songs that may refer to Liam on her album Bangerz, including "Adore You," "Wrecking Ball," "Someone Else," and "SMS (Bangerz)."
In a recent interview with Billboard Magazine,Miley Cyrus spoke of her new song.
"They're going to talk about me if I come out of a restaurant with Liam. So why not put the power back in my relationship and say, 'This is how I feel?'"Miley also revealed that she wrote the song en route to The Voice(she was a coach on the 2016 season). She normally drove herself to the show, but on that day she decided to Uber, and Miley spent the ride composing her new song. She also remarked on how she did need time to grow and change after the couple went through their breakup.
"I needed to change so much. And changing with someone else not changing like that is too hard. Suddenly you're like, 'I don't recognize you anymore.' We had to re-fall for each other."