Miley Cyrus isn’t exactly the subtlest of songwriters. Her breakup ballad “Slide Away” went to town on ex Liam Hemsworth and the crumbling of their life together, while her latest album Plastic Hearts (according to fans) also seems to have some doozies about Cyrus’ former loves. I have to say it’s the perfect distraction from 2020.
Fans are most speculative of her song “WTF Do I Know”, which they say delivers some serious jabs at her former husband.
"I'm not tryna have another conversation/Probably not gon' wanna play me on your station/Pourin' out a bottle full of my frustration," she begins in “WTF Do I Know”.
"I'm completely naked but I'm making it fashion/Maybe gettin' married just to cause a distraction/Here to tell you somethin' that you don't know."
The most telling part of the tune comes at the chorus: "Am I wrong that I moved on and I/And I don't even miss you /Thought that it'd be you until I die/But I let go / What the fuck do I know? I'm alone.”
“'Cause I couldn't be somebody's hero/You want an apology? Not from me/I had to leave you in your own misery." Yikes.
The lyric “Am I wrong that I moved on?” likely refers to Cyrus dating Kaitlynn Carter soon after her split from Liam, followed by her relationship with Cody Simpson, which also ended a few months ago. Throw in the added context of recent reports about how Liam felt about Miley dating other people, and the lyrics feel particularly spot on. A few months ago, a source close to Liam told Us Weekly that the actor had a “low opinion” of his ex after she “moved on” so soon after their breakup.
“He was really hurt by their split,” the source said. “Miley and Liam haven’t talked much since their divorce. Liam was hurt by Miley moving on with new love interests shortly after they broke up.” For the record, Hemsworth too is now in a new relationship with Australian model Gabriella Brooks.
Miley Cyrus recently mentioned in her Plastic Hearts interview with Zane Lowe that she’s aware how her song releases and their lyrics could affect those close to her, and it does make her think twice about what songs she will share publicly. Catch her full interview with Zane Lowe on her artistry, staying sober and songwriting below.
Written by Sangeeta Kocharekar, an American-born, Sydney-based writer at MTV. Photos from her pre-COVID-19 days as a travel writer are here.