Are Miley Cyrus’s ‘Flowers’ Lyrics About Liam Hemsworth?

Miley Cyrus kicked off her new music period in earnest tonight, releasing “Flowers,” the primary single from her new album Infinite Summer season Trip (out March 10) at midnight London time. It marked the beginning of her ex-husband Liam Hemsworth’s birthday there.

Followers have speculated that the tune could also be about her life post-breakup with the actor based mostly on the lyrics, given its “I can love me higher, child” tagline and the timing of the discharge (Hemsworth’s 33rd birthday).

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Miley Cyrus – Flowers (Official Video)

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The total tune provides extra gas to this principle, given Cyrus seems to lyrically reference the Woolsey fireplace the place the Malibu dwelling they shared burned down (“We have been proper ’til we weren’t / Constructed a house and watched it burn”) and their arguing that led her to comprehend this relationship would not work (“I did not wanna go away you, child / I did not wanna struggle”).

Moreover, Cyrus’s verse about not wanting to depart could also be a reference to reviews that got here out on the time of Hemsworth and Cyrus’s cut up that she wished to reconcile. TMZ reviews that she had been preventing for his or her marriage up till the week Hemsworth immediately filed for divorce, telling him she wished to work on their relationship.

And her lyric later within the tune about not desirous to reside a lie (“I did not wanna go away you / I did not wanna lie”) could also be a reference to what a Individuals supply mentioned in August 2019 about Cyrus not desirous to fully change who she is to be with Hemsworth. “She simply acquired to the purpose the place she did not wish to maintain again about who she is,” the supply mentioned. “She desires to be true to herself. Being with Liam, this was simply not doable. For them to be completely happy, she needed to change as an individual an excessive amount of. She is aware of not being with Liam will make her happier in the long term.”

Cyrus spoke a little bit about not being a standard spouse to ELLE when she was married: “I feel it’s extremely complicated to people who I am married,” she mentioned in an interview printed in July 2019, shortly earlier than her and Hemsworth’s cut up was introduced. “However my relationship is exclusive. And I do not know that I might ever publicly enable folks in there as a result of it is so complicated, and fashionable, and new that I do not suppose we’re in a spot the place folks would get it. I imply, do folks actually suppose that I am at dwelling in a fucking apron cooking dinner? I am in a hetero relationship, however I am nonetheless very sexually interested in ladies. Individuals turn into vegetarian for well being causes, however bacon continues to be fucking good, and I do know that. I made a companion determination. That is the individual I really feel has my again essentially the most. I positively do not match right into a stereotypical spouse position. I do not even like that phrase.”

Cyrus and Hemsworth have been collectively on-off for 10 years and acquired married in December 2018. Their divorce was finalized in January 2020. Cyrus spoke in December 2020 about how she would all the time love Hemsworth, however there was an excessive amount of battle of their relationship for it to be wholesome long-term. What she mentioned throughout that interview about their relationship breakdown additionally seems to be echoed within the lyrics of “Flowers.”

“We have been collectively since 16,” Cyrus instructed Howard Stern. “Our home [in Malibu] burned down [during the Woolsey fire]. We had been like, engaged—I do not know if we actually ever thought we have been truly going to get married, however once we misplaced our home in Malibu—which should you take heed to my voice pre- and post-fire, they’ re very totally different in order that trauma actually affected my voice. And I used to be truly in South Africa, so I could not come dwelling, and like my animals have been tied to a publish on the seaside. I misplaced every part. I had polaroids of Elvis, like entrance row, handed on from—I acquired a pair grandmas to offer me their Elvis polaroids. I all the time turned associates with my associates’ grandmas so I may get the products from the artists I really like.”

“I had a lot and it was all gone, each tune I had ever written was in that home,” she continued. “Each {photograph} of me that my dad and mom had given to me, all my scripts, I misplaced every part. And so in attempting to place that again collectively, as an alternative of going, ‘Oh, nature form of did one thing I could not do for myself; it compelled me to let go,’ I ran towards the hearth. Which isn’t irregular, lots of animals do that and find yourself dying, like deers run into the forest. You are interested in that warmth and me being an intense individual and never wanting to sit down with it, and never desirous to go, , ‘What could possibly be purposeful about this?’ I simply clung to what I had left of that home, which was me and him. And I actually do and did love him very, very, very a lot and nonetheless do, all the time will.”

Cyrus added later of their dynamic, “There was an excessive amount of battle. Once I come dwelling, I wish to be anchored by somebody. I do not get off on drama or preventing.”

Cyrus and Hemsworth have each moved on and are courting totally different folks. Hemsworth has been with mannequin Gabriella Brooks for over three years. Cyrus, in the meantime, has been courting Maxx Morando for almost a yr.

Right here, the total lyrics of “Flowers” ​​to absorb, by way of Genius. You’ll be able to watch the music video above.

verses 1
We have been good, we have been gold
Form of dream that may’t be offered
We have been proper ’til we weren’t
Constructed a house and watched it burn

Pre refrain


Hmm, I did not wanna go away you, I did not wanna lie
Began to cry however then remembered I—

refrain


I should purchase myself flowers
Write my identify within the sand
Speak to myself for hours
See issues you do not perceive
I can take myself dancing
And I can maintain my very own hand
Yeah, I can love me higher than you possibly can

publish refrain


Can love me higher, I can love me higher, child
Can love me higher, I can love me higher, child

verses 2


Paint my nails, cherry crimson
Match the roses that you just left
No regrets, no regrets
I overlook each phrase you mentioned

Pre refrain


Ooh, I did not wanna go away you, child, I did not wanna struggle
Began to cry however then remembered I—

refrain


I should purchase myself flowers
Write my identify within the sand
Speak to myself for hours
See issues you do not perceive
I can take myself dancing, yeah
I can maintain my very own hand
Yeah, I can love me higher than you possibly can

publish refrain


Can love me higher, I can love me higher, child
Can love me higher, I can love me higher, child
Can love me higher, I can love me higher, child
Can love me higher

bridge


I did not wanna go away you, child, I did not wanna struggle
Began to cry however then remembered I—

refrain


I should purchase myself flowers (Uh-uh)
Write my identify within the sand
Speak to myself for hours (Yeah-eah)
See issues you do not perceive
I can take myself dancing, yeah
I can maintain my very own hand
Yeah, I can love me higher than
Yeah, I can love me higher than you possibly can

publish refrain


Can love me higher, I can love me higher, child
Can love me higher, I can love me higher, child (Child)
Can love me higher, I can love me higher, child
Can love me higher, I—Headshot of Alyssa Bailey

Senior Information and Technique Editor

Alyssa Bailey is the senior information and technique editor at ELLE.com, the place she oversees protection of celebrities and royals (significantly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She beforehand held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she’s not working, she loves operating round Central Park, making folks take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York Metropolis.

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