Miley Cyrus has had an eventful few weeks. to say the least. It was just a little over two weeks ago that the singer and her husband, Liam Hemsworth, announced they were splitting up. Soon after, photos of her kissing Kaitlynn Carter (Brody Jenner’s ex and one of the stars of The Hills: New Beginnings) while the two were on vacation in Italy.
Oh, and on top of all of this she released a new single— called “Slide Away”—and prepped the performance we just saw on tonight’s MTV VMAs.
It feels like not that long ago at the VMAs, we saw Cyrus twerking all over the stage; for this performance, however, she kept things super pared down. The performance included a set of string musicians who lined the stage as she sang using a single microphone. Cyrus wore a simple black minidress, and the performance aired in black and white for viewers at home. This setting allowed the focus to be on her incredible vocals and the emotional lyrics.
As soon as the song was released last week, people started to surmise that it might be about the breakup with Hemsworth thanks to lines like, “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 go.” Or when she sings, “So won’t you slide away / Back to the ocean, I’ll go back to the city lights.”
Fans online loved the VMAs performance. “I literally have chills all over. Miley’s voice is something else,” one person tweeted. “God damn that song was absolutely gorgeous and her voice is legitimately one of a kind,” another wrote.
“I appreciate liam hemsworth for all the bops he has inspired for miley. Their relationship makes some great music lol,” one Twitter user wrote. See more, below.