Miley Cyrus debuted an emotional new breakup tattoo during her performance at the MTV VMA’s, on the heels of the announcement that her ex-husband Liam Hemsworth officially filed for divorce.
Although she was not originally listed as one of the performers on the August 26 show, Miley was a last-minute addition to the star-studded music lineup. She debuted a new song during the event, a ballad called “Slide Away.”
The tattoo was clearly visible during her performance, reported People Magazine.
The news outlet reported that the new ink located on Miley’s bicep was inspired by a song by The Pixies, an alternative rock group that defined the genre in the 1990s. Lyrics from the tune titled “The Thing” appears to correctly define what the former Hannah Montana star is feeling since announcing in early August that she and the Hunger Games star had split after less than one year of marriage. The couple tied the knot in December of 2018.
“My head was feeling scared, but my heart was feeling free,” said the tattoo.
People reported that the new ink was completed by celebrity tattoo artist Winter Stone.
Supported by her parents Trish and Billy Ray Cyrus, who watched from the audience, Miley delivered an impactful performance that was heartfelt and dynamic. The song was clearly about her relationship with Liam, alluding to why the couple finally separated after 10 years together.
“Once upon a time, it was paradise
Once upon a time, I was paralyzed
Think I’m gonna miss these harbor lights
But it’s time to let it go
Once upon a time, it was made for us
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
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
So won’t you slide away.”
The couple’s representative released a statement on August 10 confirming the duo’s split, stating that Miley and Liam were changing as partners and what was best for them at this moment was to focus on themselves and their careers.
Fans were hopeful that the two would reconcile as they had once before in 2013 after Liam and Miley became engaged and just one year later, split.
Liam said to GQ Australia in 2013 in a statement eerily similar to the one released by the duo’s publicist this August, that at the time they were going in different directions and “it had to happen.”
By 2015 the couple was together once again and Miley was seen wearing her stunning engagement ring, signaling that their union was back on.
This time it appears that the couple likely will not reconcile. Miley has been spotted showing off new girlfriend Kaitlynn Carter, former wife of The Hills star Brody Jenner, whom she married in 2018. Liam, who filed official divorce papers, has been lying low in Australia where he is reportedly staying with brother Chris Hemsworth and his family.
Just before the VMA Awards, Miley took to Instagram to reveal that she will always love her ex-husband and lover of 10 years in an ode to their relationship.