I know, I know – it's been years since singer-songwriter and undisputed queen of the cover Miley Cyrus got divorced from Liam Hemsworth (well, nearly two years), but we can't not be fascinated every time an uncomfortable pre-divorce video is mysteriously unearthed from the archives.
Remember when this doozy emerged? Captured at the Avengers: Endgame premiere in May 2019 – four months before the pair called it quits – it showed a visibly irritated Miley push Liam away from her while the two were posing for photos, allowing Miley to enjoy the spotlight alone.
Well now, even more painful footage has been making the rounds. In the clip, the then spouses are being interviewed by a reporter at a point when Miley feels moved to lower herself to the ground and start twerking, much to the younger Hemsworth's chagrin. "Don't do it, don't do it", he says mid-twerk. "Whaat," Miley says, before straightening back up and glancing at the camera. "You're scaring everybody on the carpet," Liam responds through a forced smile. Yikes. What did these two ever in have in common to begin with?
And while many believe the current global decline in marriage rates is due to the ongoing pandemic crisis, I would humbly suggest that the enduring generational trauma of Miley and Liam's 2019 divorce, coupled with the circulation of these harrowing clips on the timeline, is what's actually put Millennials and Gen Z off the institution for good. Am I right or am I right?
Words by Reena Gupta, a Melbourne-based writer for MTV Australia. Follow her on Twitter at @purpletank.