Miley Cyrus is back! After a colossal success in the early-2010s, the singer started to be more and more discreet every year. She has dropped a few songs and has done many live performances of course, but it never had the impact of “Wrecking Ball” or “We Can’t Stop”. And the last time we heard real news about her private life was unfortunately when the singer and her now ex-husband and actor Liam Hemsworth, decided to divorce.
Most fans know how this break-up was hard for Miley Cyrus, and many theories have been made about her single back in 2019 called “Slide Away”. In this single, many fans theorized that Miley Cyrus was talking about her past relationship with Liam Hemsworth, but it was never proven. However now, with no more theories or suppositions, Miley Cyrus explicitly talks about this breakup in her new song and music video called ‘Flowers’.
Described by many as a ‘revenge song’, the singer talks about her single relationship status and gives us a look at what was her relationship with her ex-husband. And I think no one wants to be Liam Hemsworth this week.
Calculated revenge from point to point
Yes, everything was calculated by the singer, and not only in the lyrics or the music video. First of all, she decided to drop the song a few hours before Liam Hemsworth’s birthday, a first provocation even before he can click on the play button to see the roast that was reserved for him.
As a reminder, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth started dating in 2009, then in 2012, they decided to get engaged. But a year later, before the wedding ceremony can even happen, they broke up. In early 2015, they were back together and finally got married in 2018. However, in 2019, they broke up definitely.
The song is a response to the tumultuous relationship they had through all these years. And what’s even crazier, is the answer to another famous song of another superstar singer you probably know.
An answer to Bruno Mars’s song
Yes, the song is an answer to Bruno Mars’ hit of 2013: “When I Was Your Man”.
“I can buy myself flowers / Write my name in the sand / Talk to myself for hours / Say things you don’t understand / I can take myself dancing / And I can hold my own hand” sings Miley Cyrus, while Bruno Mars says: “I should have bought you flowers / And held your hand / Should have gave you all my hours / When I had the chance / Take you to every party ’cause all you wanted to do was dance”.
This song tells the regrets Bruno Mars has about a past relationship, and he wishes in it he could have done better than he did. The rumor says that Liam Hemsworth has dedicated this song once to Miley, making this answer even harsher for the actor who just wanted to celebrate his 33rd birthday in peace. But there’s one thing for sure, she clearly says that she doesn’t need him anymore.
Other references to their relationship
The song also references a terrible event that happened to the couple back in 2018, when the house they bought in Malibu burnt: “We were right ’til we weren’t / Built a home and watched it burn”. The music video also has references to the famous movie American Psycho and its training scene.
One last rumor says something interesting about the house she’s dancing in, in the music video. In reality, this house would be where her ex-husband has cheated on her multiple times. This rumor is very insistent on the internet these last few days, even though no one has proven anything yet.
Why revenge songs work so well
There’s a huge possibility this song becomes a hit for this one and only reason. Of course, the artistic talent of Miley Cyrus participates a lot in the success, but let’s remember old revenge songs that we all remember, even today. We can start with of course Taylor Swift and her songs “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” or “All To Well”.
We can also talk about the famous “Cry Me A River” by Justin Timberlake where he answers to Britney Spears after their break-up, probably one of the most famous. And what about “Someone Like You” by Adele or “Don’t” by Ed Sheeran.
There are so many examples of revenge songs, and we all remember them mostly because they are revenge songs. But there’s one thing for sure, this one is added to the list and will forever remain in it, because the music video has already 33 Million views in 3 days on Youtube, something that has not happened for a while for Miley. This might be the birth of a hit.