On November 27, Miley Cyrus released her seventh studio album, Plastic Hearts. The album features a song called “WTF Do I Know” and is very clearly about her marriage with Liam Hemsworth.
The song’s lyrics are, in part: “Am I wrong that I moved on and I /And I don’t even miss you? / Thought that it’d be you until I die / But I let go / What the fuck do I know? I’m alone
‘Cause I couldn’t be somebody’s hero / You want an apology? Not from me / I had to leave you in your own misery / So tell me, baby, am I wrong that I moved on? / And I, and I don’t even miss you / Thought that it’d be you until I die / But I let go, what the fuck do I know?”
“In a way, it did what I couldn’t do for myself,” Cyrus said of the fire. “It removed me from what no longer was serving its purpose. And then as you drown, you reach for that lifesaver and you want to save yourself. I think that’s really what, ultimately, getting married was for me. One last attempt to save myself.”
Spanos asked Cyrus what it was like to write her song “Slide Away” and wondered if she wrote that song in conjunction with the end of her marriage.
“I was still in my relationship, I was still living in my house in Malibu,” Cyrus replied. “That’s why [I sang], ‘I want my house in the hills.’ I wanted out of there, and it says, ‘I don’t want the whiskey and pills.’ I didn’t want to maintain that lifestyle. It’s really weird because I can never figure out what comes first: art or life? Does art imitate life or life imitate art? Or do you speak it into existence? Am I that powerful that when I write something, I become it?”
In a series of tweets last December, she said: “Liam and I have been together for a decade. I’ve said it before & it remains true, I love Liam and always will. BUT at this point I had to make a healthy decision for myself to leave a previous life behind. I am the healthiest and happiest I have been in a long time. You can say I am a twerking, pot smoking, foul-mouthed hillbilly but I am not a liar. I am proud to say, I am simply in a different place from where I was when I was a younger.”
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