It’s a new era for Miley Cyrus!
As the “Flowers” singer, 30, basks in the success of her new album Endless Summer Vacation, sources tell PEOPLE in this week’s issue that the star is thriving after having had ample time to heal and reflect in the aftermath of her painful divorce from Liam Hemsworth.
“She’s the healthiest and happiest she’s been in a long time,” a Cyrus source says. “Everyone was blaming her for the divorce and calling her this wild child, but that wasn’t fair. Their relationship and marriage was toxic, and she was heartbroken.”
Cyrus and Hemsworth, 33, first met in 2009 while filming The Last Song, and entered an on-again, off-again relationship for several years before tying the knot in December 2018. They split less than a year later, and officially divorced in February 2020.
Though Cyrus released the glam rock album Plastic Hearts in November 2020, the source says that she finally feels ready to “tell her side of the story” after having “had time to process and heal” from the split.
Though Hemsworth is not directly referenced on the album, fans have speculated that some lyrics — like the ex in “Muddy Feet” who smells like “perfume that I didn’t purchase” — are about the Hunger Games actor.
“She’s not trying to bash Liam, but she feels like she has every right to own the narrative after everyone was picking her apart after the breakup,” the insider says.
Hemsworth has been dating Australian model Gabriella Brooks, 26, since December 2019, while Cyrus moved on with drummer Maxx Morando, 24, in late 2021.
A second source tells PEOPLE that Morando — who produced two songs on Endless Summer Vacation — is a “cool guy” whose drama-free personality Cyrus finds refreshing.
“He has no interest in being a huge celebrity; he’s very low-key. Miley loves these qualities,” the insider says. “Miley can be herself. They are supportive of each other’s careers. Miley is enjoying life and things are great.”
Miley had a Disney + special titled MILEY CYRUS: ENDLESS SUMMER VACATION: THE BACKYARD SESSIONS and she released it on the platform yesterday at 1pm. I’ve managed to add over 1,000 HD screencaptures of her performing songs from her latest album including The Climb.
I got a new dress
Just to meet you downtown
Will you walk me through the park just to show it off
I can pull my hair back in that tight way that you like
If you wrap me in your arms and you never stop
Miley attended the Versace Fashion Week Show with Lil Nas X and Elton John. She also attended the release party of her newest album Endless Summer Vacation. She looked stunning at both events. I’ll also be adding captures of her latest stuff as well.
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Miley Cyrus is returning to Disney: The pop star will debut the original special event Miley Cyrus — Endless Summer Vacation (Backyard Sessions) on Disney+ on March 10.
Cyrus announced Friday that she will executive produce the music special featuring performances of songs from her new album Endless Summer Vacation, to also be released March 10. Her eighth album will include collaborations with Sia and Brandi Carlile and includes the hit single “Flowers,” which is spending its sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Flowers” broke several streaming records when it was released in January.
The 30-year-old former Hannah Montana star will also perform one of her classic hits and also share the stage with Rufus Wainwright during the special. Miley Cyrus — Endless Summer Vacation (Backyard Sessions) will also include an interview with Cyrus shot at the famed Los Angeles house where Frank Sinatra once lived; it’s also where the singer shot the music video for “Flowers.”
Cyrus starred on Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana for four seasons from 2006 to 2011. The Grammy-nominated performer has launched a number of pop hits, including “Wrecking Ball,” “We Don’t Stop,” “Party in the USA,” “Malibu,” “Midnight Sky,” “The Climb,” “7 Things” and “See You Again.”
Miley Cyrus — Endless Summer Vacation (Backyard Sessions) is produced by RadicalMedia, Cyrus, HopeTown Entertainment, Crush Management and Columbia Records. Jacob Bixenman and Brendan Walter are directors and Marcell Révis is director of photography. The special will air at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.
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