Miley Cyrus Debuts New Breakup Tattoo on Stage at the VMAs After Liam Hemsworth Files for Divorce


Miley Cyrus is continuing to be very open about her emotional split from husband Liam Hemsworth — through her music, words and even her style.

The 26-year-old singer had a breakover moment during her 2019 MTV VMAs performance, wearing an LBD, an edgy wet hair style and layers of jewelry. Even more impactful and telling of her mood was the new tattoo she got on inked on her left bicep, which appears to be a direct reference to her separation from Hemsworth after less than a year of marriage.

“My head was feeling scared, but my heart was feeling free,” reads the tattoo — a lyric from the Pixies’ song “The Thing” — which was done by celebrity tattoo artist Winter Stone.

Cyrus performed her new breakup ballad “Slide Away” for the first time during Monday’s music award show.

Earlier this month, a rep for Cyrus and Hemsworth confirmed the couple’s split, which came after less than one year of marriage.

“Liam and Miley have agreed to separate at this time,” began a statement from the couple’s rep, exclusively obtained by PEOPLE on Aug. 10. “Ever-evolving, changing as partners and individuals, they have decided this is what’s best while they both focus on themselves and careers. They still remain dedicated parents to all of their animals they share while lovingly taking this time apart. Please respect their process and privacy.”

When their split became public, Cyrus was on an Italian getaway where she was spotted kissing Kaitlynn Carter, 30, who had recently announced her split from husband, The Hills star Brody Jenner, whom she married in 2018.

Since their return from Italy, a source told PEOPLE that the newly single ladies are “staying together” in Los Angeles.

“Miley is very close with Kaitlynn. It’s romantic, but also a friendship,” the insider said. “They are both going through similar stuff right now and are bonding over it.”

Kaitlynn was also spotted backstage at the VMAs supporting Cyrus during her performance.

This article was originally published by: People