Dated for the first time: August 2009 - August 2010
Dated for the second time: September 2010 - November 2010
Dated for the third time: April 2011 - September 2013
Dated for the fourth time: November 2015 - Present
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's love story is one for the ages. There's been drama, a lifetime of rumors, sweet reunions, and of course, that Neil Lane diamond engagement ring. As Miley and Liam continue on their journey together, with the release of "Malibu," a song Miley wrote for their relationship, here's a look back on how these two got here.
June 2009: Miley and Liam first meet on the set of The Last Song, aka your favorite Nicholas Sparks movie after The Notebook. They began dating quickly after.
November 2009: Miley calls Liam her "best friend" in an interview with Seventeen.
March 2010: Miley and Liam make their red carpet debut as a couple at an Oscars event, confirming that yes, they are in fact dating. They also walked the carpet together for The Last Song premiere.
June 2010: Miley reveals Liam was largely her muse for Can't Be Tamed. "There are a lot of songs that are about Liam," she tells MTV News. "All of them are about him in a way, but it's also about past relationships that you gotta get over and move on and just about freeing yourself from anything that you feel holds you back."
August 2010: Miley and Liam's relationship endures its first breakup reportedly due to her work schedule.
September 2010: Miley and Liam are spotted running errands and eating together, suggesting they are back together again.
November 2010: They break up again. A source tells E! it's "just a time out," whatever that means.
April 2011: They're back on. But this time they're reportedly "taking it slow and just enjoying each other's company."
December 2011: Liam accompanies Miley to the CNN Heroes Gala in Los Angeles.
February 2012: Liam tells Details Miley makes him "really happy." They attend another round of Oscar parties, including the glamorous Vanity Fair bash.
March 2012: Miley accompanies Liam to the Los Angeles premiere of The Hunger Games. Engagement rumors brew shortly after Miley is spotted wearing a ring on ~that finger~.
Miley denied the engagement on her twitter, saying, "I'm not engaged. I've worn this same ring on this finger since November! People just wanna find something to tal about! It's a topaz people!"
June 2012: Miley and Liam announce their engagement. Miley tells People, "I'm so happy to be engaged and look forward to a life of happiness with Liam."
November 2012: Miley appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, gets a lap dance, and confirms she's not having 47 weddings. She also says her wedding "has to be "perfect" and "has to be like a soundtrack in a movie."
February 2013: Miley fires back at Perez Hilton after he accuses her of cheating on Liam with Ed Westwick. Miley and Liam attend separate Oscar parties. New breakup rumors begin to circulate.
March 2013: Miley is spotted without her engagement ring, leading many to believe the wedding is off. She tweeted, "I am so sick of La. And sick of the lies that come with it. I didn't call off my wedding. Taking a break from social media. #draining"
Never mind. The ring is back again by late March 2013.
April 2013: Billy Ray Cyrus tells Nightline he doesn't know if Miley and Liam will marry. "They're young, they're kids. The great news is they're great friends. And if you end up getting married, that's your business too, you know?" People quotes a source saying the couple wants to postpone the wedding.
June 2013: Miley and Liam are photographed for the first time in five months while going to the movies.
August 2013: Miley attends the L.A. premiere of Paranoia with Liam. It would be their final red carpet appearance together before breaking off their engagement.
August 2013: Miley twerks at the VMAs.
September 2013: Miley unfollows Liam on Twitter. Three days later, her rep confirms their engagement has been called off. Liam makes out with Mexican actress and singer Eiza Gonzalez. In her first post-Liam performance, Miley breaks down while performing "Wrecking Ball," a song believed to be about Liam.
October 2013: Miley talks about Life After Liam in Cosmopolitan's December 2013 issue: "This is the best time of my life. I'm not going to look back on it and be like, 'I wish I hadn't been dwelling over a breakup,' you know? Because that's not what God wants my life to be about right now."
July 2014: Liam reportedly tells friends while vacationing in Italy that he and Miley will "always be best friends."
October 2014: When asked about Miley in a NYLON interview, Liam says, "There's not much to say."
November 2014: Miley began dating Patrick Schwarzenegger.
December 2014: Liam's bro Chris takes a dig at Miley, maybe. He said, "I've watched Liam do things I did at his age, like being in relationships he shouldn't be in, or being reckless just to prove a point."
March 2015: Patrick is spotted canoodling with someone who is not Miley while on spring break.
April 2015: Miley and Patrick break up.
July 2015: Miley and Stella Maxwell ride "dinosaurs" and everyone thinks they're dating. Miley tells Elle UK one month later that she is pansexual and not in a relationship.
October 2015: Liam tells Men's Fitness that being with Miley was "an important part of my life." "You fall in love with who you fall in love with; you can never choose." Miley sports a TMNT onesie that looks very similar to the one Liam wore more than one year ago.
November 2015: Miley helps Liam adopt a new best friend. Say hello to Dora the Explorer. Really.
January 2016: Miley pops up Down Under and also on Instagram accounts belonging to friends of the Hemsworths.
Miley wears what appears to be her engagement ring, the same Neil Lane ring from Liam, on ~that finger~. Photographers catch Miley and a moving truck at Liam's house. People sources say Miley "seems ecstatic" about the reunion.
Days later, a source confirms to People that Miley and Liam are engaged again and that the singer is “beyond happy” to be back together with her boo.
April 2016: Miley and Liam are seen in public together for the first time since getting engaged again, first in Hollywood getting lunch at vegan hotspot Gracias Madre, then in Byron Bay in Australia.
May 2016: Miley and Liam’s sister-in-law Elsa Pataky (Chris’s wife) get matching wave tattoos in Australia. Professional surfer Kelly Slater and his girlfriend Kalani Miller also got inked with the same design, according to this Instagram from tattoo artist Lauren Winzer.
That same weekend, Miley and Liam attend a wedding together (someone else's, not theirs). She also performs an acoustic set for the newlyweds and at one point, Miley can be heard saying, “This song I about the person that I love, so now it works for you guys.”
May 2016: In an interview with GQ, Liam gets candid about his relationship with Miley, noting that their 2013 split was difficult on him. “But at the time we were going in different directions and it’s just what needed to happen. We were both super young and it was a good decision at the time — we both needed that.” Of his currently relationship status, he offers this: “People will figure it out, they already have... They’re not dumb.” Nope.
June 2016: Miley takes a mirror selfie while wearing a jersey with the name “Hemsworth” on the back.
July 2016: Miley pays a visit to tattoo artist Dr. Woo to add a teeny-tiny drawing of Vegemite to her arm. Vegemite is Liam’s favorite condiment.
One week later, Miley makes a casual appearance on Liam’s Instagram feed. Liam also makes a casual appearance on Miley’s Insta while wearing a shirt from her Happy Hippie Foundation.
Before the end of the month, Miley wears a different ring — a wedding band? A new promise ring? A mood ring? — on her ring finger, causing everyone to freak out three times over.
August 2016: Liam sings Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” while in a car with Miley, causing fans to completely lose it because it’s basically the scene from The Last Song. While Liam’s face isn’t shown in Miley’s Insta video, she credits him with “BGVs” (background vocals) in the caption, along with a nod to Barbie Da Beagle.
September 2016: Liam posts a #TBT of him and Miley on the set of The Last Song.
October 2016: Miley finally confirms that she and Liam are engaged during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres.
November 2016: Miley and Liam step out for a rare public outing in Los Angeles, hitting up Vijat Mohindra’s first solo photography exhibition at the Museum at Retail Space Gallery.
Liam gives his lady a shout-out on her birthday, he literally posted a photo of Miley on his instagram.
December 2016: Miley and Liam kick off the holidays with many, many sweet snuggly photos together.
January 2017: Miley shares some cute photos from her New Year's with Liam and their families. She calls him "hot," because it's true.
Miley gives Liam a birthday shout-out on Instagram, calling him her "favorite being." Heart. Full.
February 2017: Miley kicks off Valentine’s Day 2017 with a throwback to a 2015 photo of her at the AmfAR gala. But there’s a twist: She’s twinning with Liam, who is also “wearing” the dress.
IRL, the couple spend V-Day in the great outdoors with their pups Tani and Dora.
May 2017: Miley announces in an interview with Billboard that she will release a new single called “Malibu,” which is a love song about Liam. She says she wrote it while riding an Uber to the set of The Voice and that she decided to make it about Liam because she wanted to take back the narrative of her relationship, which has been in the spotlight for years. “They’re going to talk about me if I come out of a restaurant with Liam. So why not put the power back in my relationship and say, ‘This is how I feel’?” She says they broke up in 2013 because she was going through a major life change. “And changing with someone else not changing like that is too hard. Suddenly you’re like, ‘I don’t recognize you anymore.’” She says they had to “refall for each other” when they got back together.
For the cover art for “Malibu,” Miley enlists Liam. The result is beautiful. And yes, that’s her engagement ring.
The song is as beautiful as their relationship, with Miley singing about how Liam saved her and how they are embarking on something new. It's so sweet it hurts.
Miley performs "Malibu" for the first time on TV at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards and is in tears by the end of the song.