If the phrase “I can buy myself flowers” doesn't mean anything to you, then you might've been living under a rock, because Miley Cyrus's recent single, “Flowers,” has been practically inescapable for the past two months. Flying to no. 1 in over 30 countries, breaking the Spotify record for most streams in a week and filling up everyone's TikTok and Instagram feeds around the world, Cyrus wrote the perfect empowerment anthem to kick off 2023.
Part of the success of “Flowers” was due to its backstory. The 30-year-old seemingly wrote the song about her ex-husband, Liam Hemsworth, 33, and in a Swiftian move, the song (and its accompanying music video) are littered with references to their relationship. Not only did Cyrus drop the song the day before Hemsworth's birthday, and film it in the Studio City home that she *used* to share with her ex-husband, but as Mashable notes, the chorus even seems to be a clear play on the words from Bruno Mars's track, “When I Was Your Man,” which Hemsworth reportedly dedicated to Cyrus (although this connection has not been confirmed by the singer).
But this isn't the first time Cyrus has pulled off a trick like this.