Kaitlynn Carter Attended the VMAs with Miley Cyrus

Miley wasn't even originally supposed to attend—let alone perform.

2019 MTV Video Music Awards - Roaming Show
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Originally, Miley Cyrus made it clear she wouldn't be attending—or even watching—the 2019 VMAs before her breakup with Liam Hemsworth (opens in new tab) went public a couple weeks ago. Now that's changed.

Cyrus was snubbed from the award show this year, receiving zero nominations. (She released her EP She Is Coming in May and "Nothing Breaks Like a Heart" single with Mark Ronson back in November.) Last month, an Instagram fan account posted a caption alluding to the snub and captioned it, "Guess I’m not watching the VMAS this year unless Miley performs." Cyrus commented on the post the next day, "No fuckin way."

However, hours before the show, MTV announced that Miley would be performing her new song, "Slide Away," (opens in new tab) which fans are convinced is about Liam. "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 go."

Inevitably, fans wondered whether or not Brody Jenner's ex Kaitlynn Carter (opens in new tab) would be in attendance to support Miley. (If you remember correctly, Miley and Kaitlynn were spotted kissing hours before news broke about Miley and Liam's split (opens in new tab).) And Kaitlynn did end up showing her support for Miley. While she performed, Kaitlynn hung backstage. There's even video evidence of her touching Miley's hair right before Miley puts her arm around her.

Though neither person has confirmed whether or not they're in a relationship, this is a major hint at their relationship status—Kaitlynn lives on the West Coast and the VMAs are in New Jersey this year. (That's a five hour flight for a three-hour award show, and a lot of time/energy.)

If that wasn't o-m-g enough for you, now there's even a fan theory that Miley purposely changed her lyrics and shaded Liam (opens in new tab) during her VMAs performance. I'll leave you with that...

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Rachel Epstein is an editor at Marie Claire, where she writes and edits culture, politics, and lifestyle stories ranging from op-eds to profiles to ambitious packages. She also manages the site’s virtual book club, #ReadWithMC. Offline, she’s likely watching a Heat game, finding a new coffee shop, or analyzing your cousin's birth chart—in no particular order.