In Newly Released Song, Miley Cyrus May Be Giving Us Hints Why She and Liam Hemsworth Split

Miley Cyrus, who's got an eye for dramatic timing, just released a new single overnight that has some very, uh, pointed lyrics that seem to be directed at Liam Hemsworth.

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Miley Cyrus, who's got an eye for dramatic timing, just released a new single overnight that has some very, uh, pointed lyrics. She hasn't commented and may not, but fans can't help but notice that the lyrics are pretty revealing, and seem to reference her very recent, very dramatic, very devastating (to me) separation from husband Liam Hemsworth.

The ones I'm most intrigued by are these:

Again, I'm speculating, but a lot of this seems too close to be a coincidence. I have to say it: I'm intrigued on the timing. Wouldn't she have had this written before last weekend, when she was spotted kissing Brody Jenner's ex Kaitlyn Carter (so, like, five days ago)? So, have they been having issues before this? The last time they were spotted together at a public event was June 6, although I admit, in retrospect, that they do look really somber here:

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There have been reports that their relationship isn't over for good, and that it's a long road to divorce. "Miley has not been talking to an attorney or thinking about divorce," according to a source. "She wanted the marriage to work and is still willing to give it time. But going through this in the public eye has made things a lot messier and a lot more difficult. She doesn't really know what to do or what will happen next."

Here's an excerpt from the song, which is moody and actually pretty catchy, in my opinion:

And here are the full lyrics:

Once upon a time, it was paradise
Once upon a time, I was paralyzed
Think I'm gonna miss these harbor lights
But it's time to let it go
Once upon a time, it was made for us
Woke up one day, it had turned to dust
Baby, we were found, but now we're lost
So it's time to let it goI 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
So won't you slide away
Back to the ocean, I'll go back to the city lights
So won't you slide away
Back to the ocean, la la la, you'll slide away
So won't you slide away
Back to the ocean, I'll go back to the city lights
So won't you slide away
Back to the ocean, la la la, you'll slide away
Once upon a time, it was paradise
Once upon a time, I was paralyzed
Think I'm gonna miss these harbor lights
But it's time to let it go
Once upon a time, it was made for us (For us)
Woke up one day, it had turned to dust
Baby, we were found, but now we're lost
So it's time to let it goMove 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
So won't you slide away
Back to the ocean, I'll go back to the city lights
So won't you slide away
Back to the ocean, la la la, you'll slide away
So won't you slide away
Back to the ocean, I'll go back to the city lights
So won't you slide away
Back to the ocean, la la la, you'll slide away
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

You can decide for yourself what she really means.

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Katherine J Igoe

Katherine’s a Boston-based contributing editor at Marie Claire online who covers celebrity, fashion, entertainment, and lifestyle—from “The Bachelor” to Everlane to Meghan Markle. She also edits the Couples + Money series, so she’s always looking for volunteers at couples.money@hearst.com. Igoe: “I go to the store,” not “Her huge ego".