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UPDATE: Both Cyrus and Hemswort’s reps have confirmed the news exclusively to People: the engagement has officially been called off.
EARLIER: We couldn’t usher in the autumn without the traditional breaking up of Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth. The time-honored tradition has become sacrosanct practice in contemporary society, alike in spirit and accountability to the changing of the leaves’ colors or the shifting of the nature of television from esteemed drama to subpar comedy. Once again, the rumors are afoot: E! reports from an unnamed source that Cyrus and Hemsworth are splitting after four years (on and off) together.
According to the reports, it was 20-year-old Cyrus who terminated the relationship, having determined Hemsworth, 23, to be guilty of infidelity. Some yet unsubstantiated details point to Hemsworth’s involvement in a concord of sexting with Mad Men‘s own January Jones. Let this be a reminder: Sexting is cheating. The lamest kind of cheating, but cheating nonetheless.
Although the news is only budding now, reports add that Hemsworth was conspicuously absent during Cyrus’ performance of “We Can’t Stop” at the 2013 Video Music Awards. Granted, this could simply be chalked up to the fact that he had a notion of what she was going to do onstage and decided, instead, to be anywhere else. Oh yeah, and Cyrus stopped following Hemsworth on Twitter over the weekend — which is, like, huge.