Miley Cyrus has made her long-awaited return with new single “Flowers”, and fans have been busy scouring for clues.
The empowering track and accompanying video are rumoured to include multiple references to Cyrus’s ex-husband, Australian actor Liam Hemsworth.
The former couple dated on and off for over a decade, marrying in 2018 then divorcing a year later.
Cyrus fans began speculating over the subject of “Flowers” after noticing that it was scheduled for release on 13 January 2023, which also happened to mark Hemsworth’s 33rd birthday.
The new single also features cutting lyrics such as: “I can love me better than you can.”
Later in the song, the words are even more direct: “Paint my nails cherry-red / Match the roses that you left / No remorse, no regret / I forget every word you said.”
Here are some of the other “clues” that fans have picked up on.
The release date
Cyrus chose to make her comeback on a very specific date.
Friday 13 January, the day of the release, also happens to be Hemsworth’s birthday. Just a funny coincidence? Fans think not.
“HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIAM HEMSWORTH,” joked one fan, sharing pictures of the couple together as Cyrus released the single.
A Bruno Mars reference?
Many believe the song’s self-love themed title and chorus is a reference to Bruno Mars’s single “When I Was Your Man”, which Hemsworth is rumoured to have dedicated to Cyrus while they were together.
In her song, Cyrus sings: “I can buy myself flowers / Write my name in the sand / Talk to myself for hours / Say things you don’t understand / I can take myself dancing / And I can hold my own hand / Yeah, I can love me better than you can.”
In his song, Mars sings: “I should have bought you flowers/ And held you hand/ Should have gave you all my hours/ When I had the chance/ Take you to every party ‘cause all you wanted to do was dance.”
The house in the music video
The song lyrics seem to reference the house the couple shared together in Malibu, which burnt down in the California wildfires in 2018 (“built a home and watched it burn”).
Cyrus appears in a different property in the music video, which some publications have reported as being the Studio City home Cyrus purchased in 2011, perhaps asserting the song’s theme of independence.
In the music video, Cyrus can be seen dancing and exercising around the luxurious LA home in black lace underwear, gymwear and a black suit.
The suit she’s wearing
Later on in the new music video, Cyrus wears an oversized black suit as she dances freely around the house. Many fans believe this to be the suit similar to the one Hemsworth wore in a very specific awkward moment for the couple.
In a red carpet appearance while the couple were together, Hemsworth is believed to have said “could you behave, for once?” to Cyrus when she pretended to lick him at an Avengers movie premiere.
Cyrus then pushed Hemsworth away and proceeded to have photos taken on her own.
Now, fans believe Cyrus is dancing around in the new video wearing Hemworth’s suit from that night.
“Flowers” is out now.