Many of the lyrics on the new track certainly seem to reference Cyrus' 10-year relationship with Hemsworth.
Miley Cyrus surprised fans with a new single before the weekend and it certainly appears to be all about her recently-announced breakup with Liam Hemsworth. Or if it's not about him specifically, it indicates she was definitely thinking about breakups in general.
Some of the specific references in the song certainly seem to line up with certain details that have been revealed about the couple's troubled marriage. For example, Miley sings, "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."
Consider TMZ's report that sources close to Miley have said that "she tried valiantly to save the marriage and the deal breaker was that Liam was drinking a lot and using certain drugs, and she wanted no part of it."
Hemsworth's people have denied this claim, though, instead suggesting that the marital problems stem from Miley's own wild lifestyle, including alleged cheating. She was seen kissing "The Hills New Beginnings" star Kaitlynn Carter shortly before the announcement of her and Liam's separation, but reports are the couple had been separated for months by that time.
At another point in the song, Miley sings, "Move on we're not 17 / I'm not who I used to be / You say that everything changed / You're right, we're grown now." Miley and Liam have been together since she was 17, with many sources saying the couple simply grew apart as they grew into adulthood differently. This could certainly be a reference that.
As for the chorus of the song that intones "So won't you slide away, Back to the ocean / I'll go back to the city lights." Liam grew up on the beaches of Australia and still loves surfing, whereas Miley grew up in Tennessee and then Los Angeles after being signed for "Hannah Montana."
"Liam and Miley have agreed to separate at this time," a rep for Cyrus told People in a statement over the weekend. "Ever-evolving, changing as partners and individuals, they have decided this is what's best while they both focus on themselves and careers."
The statement continued, "They still remain dedicated parents to all of their animals they share while lovingly taking this time apart. Please respect their process and privacy."
Cyrus and Hemsworth have had an on-again, off-again relationship since they first met on the set of "The Last Song" in 2009 when Cyrus was 17. The couple became engaged in 2012. They broke up, but got back together in 2015.
Last month, Cyrus expressed to Elle for their August 2019 cover story that she doesn't "fit into a stereotypical wife role" and that she's still "very sexually attracted to women."
She's been seen with Carter on multiple occasions since their poolside kiss during that vacation, though it's unclear if they're actually dating one another or just hanging out and having a good time as friends. Perhaps Miley will offer more clarity in a future release.
Or perhaps we could just go ahead and ready way too much in the line, "I want my house in the Hills," considering Carter is a cast-member on MTV's revival of "The Hills: New Beginnings."