Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth were one of Young Hollywood's power couples, and after four tumultuous years, they've finally called it quits for good. Don't hold your breath for another reconciliation this time, since Liam seems to have already moved on. From a meeting that was literally out of a Nicholas Sparks novel to the haircut that changed everything and the twerk that was the final nail in the coffin, we're taking a look back at all the ups and downs in the Miley and Liam saga with this handy timeline.
June 2009: Miley and Liam film The Last Song, which is the setting for their first kiss. Unless you're already married or have no soul, it's apparently impossible not to fall in love on the set of a Nicholas Sparks movie.
September 2009: The two are caught in the middle of said kiss and confirm that they are dating.
March 2010: The couple make their red carpet debut at the premiere for The Last Song. She is clearly excited to show him off to the world.
August 2010: Miley and Liam split for the first time. And so the roller coaster begins.
September 2010: They make up and start dating again.
November 2010: Kaput again! The world feels yanked around. The tabloids are happy.
April 2011: They're a couple once again. Could they be in it for the long haul this time? For a while the answered seemed to be yes because they're able to avoid drama for a year, and then...
May 2012: They're engaged! Things are looking really promising now, until...
August 2012: Miley cuts off all her hair, and the downward spiral begins.
December 2012: The couple are still going strong, as they're seen on a romantic vacation in Costa Rica.
January 2013: Rumors of another breakup start circulating after Miley is seen without her engagement ring. The couple will not be photographed together for the next five months, during which Miley starts to twerk more and wear clothes less.
June 2013: The couple are finally photographed together on a date night. Will this finally put all the breakup rumors to rest?
August 2013: Miley supports Liam at his Paranoia premiere, and they still look like a happy couple. But don't get too excited.
August 2013: Miley gives her infamous twerking performance at the MTV VMAs. It may have been the performance of her life, but it spelled death for her and Liam. He is reportedly "shocked" and "embarrassed" by her performance, and it doesn't look like the couple will be able to recover.
September 2013: And so it ends. The couple officially confirm that they called off their engagement, and Liam is caught kissing Mexican singer Eiza Gonzalez the very next day. Miley even unfollows Liam on Twitter, so you know they must be over for good.
Let's try to remember them in happier days:
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A “bedtime story” is a fairly succinct way to describe Lady. Of course a bedtime story being told by M. Night Shyamalan can go into any number of weird and wild directions. The writer/director says the idea for Lady was based on a story he’d told his kids which began with “Did you know that someone lives under our pool?” and revolves around Cleveland Heep (Paul Giamatti) a lowly superintendent for an apartment building who inadvertently finds Story (Bryce Dallas Howard) a mysterious nymph-like “narf ” living in the pool. She’s there to complete a task and now that it’s done she needs to go home back to the Blue World. But that’s easier said than done. She only has a small window of opportunity and apparently there’s a ferocious beast called a “scrunt” lurking in the grass around the pool waiting to kill her if she tries to leave. Now Cleveland and a few of the other tenants—who find themselves intricately tied to Story’s plight—must help her escape to freedom. Thank god for Sideways. Without it Giamatti would have gone on playing under the radar without the recognition—and juicier parts—he deserves. He is truly a wonder as Cleveland a sad little man with a stutter who is quietly trying to hide from a tragic past. It’s only when Story comes into his life does he face his personal tragedy and learn to live again. Howard on the other hand who wowed most of us with her stunning performance in The Village doesn’t have nearly as much to work with as the pale water nymph. The mystical character is fairly one note—befuddled and cheerless. But the rest of the apartment tenants shine: Jeffrey Wright (Syriana) as a single dad who has a penchant for crossword puzzles; Freddy Rodriguez (HBO’s Six Feet Under) as a weight builder who only lifts weights on one side of his body; Bob Balaban (A Mighty Wind) as a pompous film critic (and as a critic I’m not at all offended when he gets his comeuppances); Cindy Cheung as a Korean college student who is key in telling the epic bedtime story; Sarita Choudhury (She Hate Me) as a quippy young woman looking for her mission in life and Shyamalan himself as her brother the person Story is meant to inspire to write something extraordinary. There’s never a dull moment with this crew around. In a way M. Night Shyamalan has become his own worst enemy having to live up to this reputation as a master of suspense and surprise twists. His last effort The Village left many of his fans feeling unsatisfied—and unfortunately he may alienate more with Lady in the Water. But the fact of the matter is he is still one of Hollywood's more brilliant minds on par with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman for originality who has an innate talent for crafting ingenious stories filled with genuine human emotions. So maybe this time around he’s made a movie more for those most ardent of his fans who simply revel in the way his mind works no matter how incomprehensible and frivolous it may seem. So what? The diehards might feel compelled to defend Shyamalan’s choices with Lady—how he has come up with an entire universe where things like “scrunts” and the “Tartutic” (simian-like creatures who form an invincible force that maintains law and order in the Blue World) and “Madam Narfs” interact with humans in the real world. If the story actually took place in the Blue World then maybe it’d be easier to swallow. But that’s sort of the genius of Shyamalan. It’s as if with Lady in the Water he’s crafted a child-like movie for those adults who remember being told wildly creative bedtime stories who then in turn tell the stories to their kids.