It was only about a month ago that Liam Hemsworth sparked the latest round of rumors that he might finally be marrying his on-and-off partner of the last seven years, Miley Cyrus, when he was seen with Miley's mom, Trish, wearing a silver wedding band on the family estate. But Cyrus is now clarifying that those rumors are most definitely false—even though she is still wearing the engagement ring Hemsworth, whom she first met in 2009 on the set of the Nicholas Sparks movie The Last Song, gave her in 2012. (The pair took a break in late 2013, but have been back together and re-engaged since the beginning of last year.)
"I'm just riding this out," Cyrus casually told the Sun on Sunday of their relationship. "I don’t envision marriage. I’m 24. I hope I get to live a little bit more. I have too much living to do."
That may sound a bit flippant, but Cyrus, after all, never thought she'd get back together with Hemsworth: "Three years ago, if you’d asked me if I’d be here, this happy with this man, I’d have been stunned," she continued, adding that they "kept a great friendship really private" after breaking it off.
Still, Cyrus definitely seems glad the pair did take a break because it allowed them "to become individuals"—and apparently for the singer to gain some wisdom.
"It’s good for people to have that space to grow individually. Otherwise, when you’re with someone from 16 until 24, you grow into the same person," she said, adding that these days, "it feels like nothing changed except we grew up a lot."
That definitely seems to be true for Cyrus; her new album might be titled Younger Now, but it's also quite intentionally a break from her previous releases, which she's lately taken to doing country covers of while wearing glittery blue cowboy boots. (Yes, that includes singles like "Party in the U.S.A." and "See You Again.")
The album's first single, "Malibu," was Cyrus's first proof of that; she wrote it about Hemsworth, whom she lives with in Malibu on a compound called Rainbow Land, which also plays host to seven dogs, two pigs, and two miniature horses, as is frequently the backdrop to Hemsworth's Instagram. The song also proves that she can hardly be accused of being unclear with Hemsworth, as one of the lyrics is "I never would've believed you if three years ago you told me I'd be here writing this song."
One thing's for certain: The engagement ring, which Cyrus told Ellen DeGeneres last year "wasn't really [her] aesthetic," definitely fits in better with her newly pared-down look than her previous one. "This is really weird because this is like, real jewelry and most of my jewelry is made out of gummy bears and cotton candy, and they don't look that good together 'cause they kind of mix up," she said. Now that she seems to have put gummy bears aside, it looks like she won't be needing to "replace it with an actual unicorn or a Looney Tune" anymore.
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