Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth‘s split is less than a week old, but the singer may have just given us some serious insight into what went wrong—at least from her perspective—in the form of a new song, “Slide Away,” which she released last night.
Last weekend, the couple announced via a representative that they were separating. “Liam and Miley have agreed to separate at this time,” the statement read. “Ever-evolving, changing as partners and individuals, they have decided this is what’s best while they both focus on themselves and careers. They still remain dedicated parents to all of their animals they share while lovingly taking this time apart. Please respect their process and privacy.”
Since then, Cyrus was spotted kissing Kaitlynn Carter in Italy and rumors about what caused the split have been flying. But let’s look at the lyrics for “Sliding Away”—which may offer some clues.
Here’s the audio for the song that Cyrus posted on her YouTube channel—where the only imagery is bottles and pills in the water of a pool or the ocean.
The first verse is quite telling. Cyrus seems to reference the good times in the relationship (“paradise”), and that one day it “turned to dust,” perhaps referencing how quickly things went south for the couple.
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
She goes on to sing about wanting a “house in the hills,” which is quite a ways from Malibu, where she and Hemsworth had a home they lost in the fires. Could it also be a subtle wink to Carter, who is currently starring on The Hills: New Beginnings with her ex, Brody Jenner?
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
Even the chorus hints that the song could be about Hemsworth, as he’s a known surfer. “So won’t you slide away Back to the ocean, I’ll go back to the city lights,” she sings.
This section might be the most telling, however, given that Miley Cyrus was incredibly young when she met Liam Hemsworth during the filming of their movie, The Last Song: