In the wake of her divorce from Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus found love once more with fellow pop star Cody Simpson after she was seen on an acai bowl date with him in October and officially called him her “BF” on Instagram stories.
But after 10 months of dating, Cyrus confirmed during an Instagram Live that the pair amicably split in August and were “individually just working on ourselves to become the people that we wanna be.” But she reassured that the two have been friends over the last decade and will continue to be friends following their breakup.
See below for a full timeline of Cyrus and Simpson’s relationship.
2012 – Simpson calls Cyrus his “childhood crush”
Seven years ago, the Australian crooner sat down with Fuse to talk about his Welcome to Paradise tour, when he was asked who his celebrity crush is. He immediately revealed that the Hannah Montana star struck his fancy, admitting, “I knew all the words to her songs, I’m not gonna lie, I’m not ashamed at all.”
“I think she will be forever the most datable Disney star,” he foreshadowed.
2014 – Cody defends Bangerz-era Miley
Cyrus stirred some controversy following the release of her fourth studio album and its subsequent tour full of nipple pasties, provocative poses and phallic imagery.
Simpson was having none of the hate, though. In an interview with ET, the singer said, “She’s definitely at heart a very sweet, normal, cool girl. We were spending time out at her ranch in Nashville last week and I’m like ‘Why do people say these things?’ She’s just the coolest chick.”
2015 – Cyrus is Simpson’s “best friend”
In a profile with GQ, the 22-year-old singer mentioned his developing friendship with Cyrus. “Miley is one of my best friends and she helps with some of that transitional stuff – trying to escape your childhood. She’s super open-minded and I’m working on becoming more like that.”
Oct. 3 2019 – Acai bowl date
Dating rumors quickly heated up when the duo were spotted at Backyard Bowls in West Hollywood, where they shared a smooch caught on video by TMZ.
The backlash that followed prompted Cyrus to unleash a lengthy message on Twitter, asking for equality when talking about men versus women’s dating lives. “I am just trying to THRIVE/survive in a ‘mans’ world….if we can’t beat em, join em! If our president can ‘grab em by the p—-…’ can’t I just have a kiss and acai bowl?!?!” she wrote, referencing her date with Simpson.
She followed up by gushing over Simpson on her Instagram stories, checking off boxes for his abs, Australian heritage and for being 22 years old.
— Miley Cyrus Access (@MileyNewsAccess) October 4, 2019
Oct. 9, 2019 – Cyrus’ “BF” Simpson visits her in the hospital
After heading to the hospital for tonsillitis, Cyrus was visited by Simpson, who came prepared with a bouquet of red roses and a guitar. She took to Instagram stories to call him her official “BF” and share a snipped of a song he wrote for her, presumably titled “Golden Thing.” The romantic lyrics featured were “Deep blue jeans, movie screens, it’s a golden thing she’s got,” and “I shouted the words in the first daylight and a chorus of words burst into sight/Now I know that I’m hers, for whatever it’s worth, by the rule that’s in the sky.”
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Tras ser hospitalizada ayer, Cody fue a visitar a Miley con un ramo de rosas y guitarra en mano. pic.twitter.com/Jn56zoOajU
— ?Previously PINK? (@PreviouslyPinks) October 9, 2019
Oct. 10, 2019 – Even more cute Instagram stories
Cyrus made it home from the hospital, and cozied up to Simpson in celebration. “my sick girl finally free,” the Australian crooner wrote on a photo of Miley. The two then proceeded to take a number of adorable selfies in the bathroom.
Oct. 12, 2019 – Simpson confirms their relationship
The Australian singer-songwriter told reporters at the Tiffany & Co. Men’s Launch in LA that his romantic relationship with Cyrus doesn’t compare to his previous ones because of their longstanding friendship. “The reason why it hasn’t been a really crazy sudden thing is just because we’ve been friends for so long,” he said. “Any girlfriends I’ve had in the past has always been immediate romance and so it’s a different experience having been friends with somebody before and it developing naturally into something more.”
He also noted that the two “found each other again in a space where we’re both not partying, working real hard, and it just keeps things healthy and it’s good.”
Oct. 18, 2019 – Cyrus is the lyrical and physical muse behind Simpson’s single “Golden Thing”
After teasing a song about Cyrus tentatively titled “Golden Thing,” he released the dreamy acoustic tribute and even featured a shot of her decorated neck as the single’s cover art.
They came up with the most rocking Halloween couple’s costume by stepping out like Billy Idol and his then-girlfriend Perri Lister. Simpson lip-synched along to the track in a TikTok video, while Cyrus planted a kiss on his cheek before joining in on the performance.
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) November 1, 2019
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) November 1, 2019
Nov. 29, 2019 – Simpson joins the Cyrus family for a low-key Thanksgiving dinner
Noah Cyrus shared a black-and-white snapshot of the Cyrus clan getting together for a traditional “very sober” family meal on the holiday, where Miley sat at the end of the table across from her new beau.
Dec. 12, 2019 – He joins the Cyrus family again for a performance of “Old Town Road” and “Silent Night”
At the 27-year-old singer’s Happy Hippie Foundation holiday party in LA, the “Golden Thing” artist joined her and her family members Billy Ray, Noah and Tish Cyrus for a festive jam session. The group belted Billy Ray and Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road” hit before caroling to the holiday tune “Silent Night.”
Dec. 25, 2019 – They spend their first Christmas together as a couple
From Halloween to Thanksgiving to now Christmas, the two stayed strong throughout the fall and winter holiday season that they spent with her entire family. She posted sweet shots of the two with her parents, sisters Brandi and Noah, and brothers Trace and Braison in front of a giant Christmas tree to commemorate those special season’s greetings.
April 3, 2020 – Cyrus gives Simpson a buzz cut during quarantine boredom
With holiday season in the books, the couple also spent much of quarantine season amid the coronavirus pandemic together, too. But as creatives, Cyrus wanted to get a tad more creative — as someone who had been getting mullets inspired by her father during this time — by giving her boyfriend a buzz cut. Coincidentally, Gwen Stefani made the same move with her beau Blake Shelton almost two weeks later.
April 4, 2020 – They deliver tacos to a local hospital amid the coronavirus crisis
The couple personally delivered 120 tacos to the healthcare heroes combatting the COVID-19 virus from the frontlines, writing in an Instagram series of photos and videos documenting their good deed, “So grateful for these true legends of our time dedicating their lives to battling this pandemic. Show some love to yours in your community!”
May 24, 2020 – Simpson releases the “Captain’s Dance With the Devil” music video, directed by Cyrus
Remember when Cyrus was getting creative with Simpson during quarantine with that buzz cut? Well, the time around, she lent her talents to music video directing by helping the accompanying visual for his latest single “Captain’s Dance With the Devil.” She even dressed the Australian artist in drag as he portrayed the different sides of the titular character who yearned for freedom in his own skin.
“The song can be interpreted in myriad ways and this was my primary idea. Miley interpreted the song, which is reflected in the newly released visual, as the Captain’s struggle with societal norms regarding masculinity, and his secret affinity for dressing as a woman at a time when this was not as widely accepted as it now has become,” Simpson explained to Rolling Stone at the time of the video’s release. “Being able to tell that story throughout this music visual was ideal, and I hope it inspires encouragement toward creative freedom in people in the realms of art, music, wardrobe and life.”
Aug. 13, 2020 – Cyrus confirms their breakup
The “Midnight Sky” singer addressed rumors the two had split during an Instragam Live the same night she dropped her new single off her upcoming seventh studio album She is Miley Cyrus. “So today, it came out that me and my boyfriend have broken up, it was confirmed by a ‘reliable source’ even though no one is reliable in a relationship except the two individuals that are participating in it,” Cyrus said.
She continued: “But, for right now, two halves can’t make a whole and we’re individually just working on ourselves to become the people that we wanna be. Like everybody else at this age, we’re just deciding who we wanna be with our lives, what we wanna do with our lives. And so, don’t make it some drama story if next week we’re out hanging out or getting pizza. We’ve been friends for 10 years and we’re gonna continue to be friends.”
— oscar (@oskihicar21) August 14, 2020