Miley Cyrus returns to her roots of family, sobriety and love in her new single “Malibu," which she released Thursday, marking the first new track from the pop star in nearly two years.
The romantic and sentimental song dedicated to the singer’s fiancé, actor Liam Hemsworth, is the first single to be released from Cyrus’ upcoming, untitled album. She recently told Billboard she used her time off to get sober and revisit her Tennessee roots that predate her Hannah Montana days.
“I like to surround myself with people that make me want to get better, more evolved, open. And I was noticing, it’s not people that are stoned,” Cyrus told Billboard. “I want to be super clear and sharp, because I know exactly where I want to be.”
The music video (above) showcases a softer side of the singer than her "Wrecking Ball" days, which will be remembered as a time Cyrus tried really hard to push the envelope with risqué outfits, bad girl behavior and lots of skin. But the gentle, sunny images in "Malibu" match the sentimental lyrics.
“I would have never believed you if three years ago you told me I’d be here writing this song. But here I am. Next to you," she sings.
The video also features the infamous engagement ring that tabloids followed as it traveled back and forth between the couple last year. According to Cyrus, the lyrics explains exactly how she feels about her soon to be hubby, because she aspires to have the power in her relationship to share what she wants to the general public.
“Sometimes I feel like I’m drowning and you’re there to save me and I want to thank you with all of my heart. It’s a brand new start. A dream come true," she sings.