It’s official!  Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have called it quits after one of the strangest engagements in recent history.  The former Hannah Montana star bragged about her mature relationship, dished on how much she enjoyed sex and downplayed the importance of a big wedding over this past year but it’s all come to an end.

For a while, break-up rumors dogged the pair and there was even talk of Liam flirting (and possibly cheating) with January Jones.  While it has been said that Liam’s brothers (including Thor star, Chris Hemsworth) have been against his relationship with Miley, she always maintained that everything was fine.

It’s hard to pinpoint when things might have gone wrong since, really, that are so many moments to choose from.  Liam has been elevating his presence in Hollywood by appearing in the Hunger Games films and Paranoia with heavyweights, Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman.  Quietly, he’s building his reputation while Miley seems intent on tearing hers down.

Naturally, no relationship is perfect and both people usually share some of the blame in a breakup but when we look back and how Miley has behaved recently, it’s not hard to see how it could have put a strain on their young love.

Long before the 2013 MTV Music Video Awards and right at the end of her run as Disney’s darling, Miley started becoming more and more known for her provocative moves (remember when the pole dancing was the most shocking thing she’d ever done?) and association with drug culture.

After changing her look in a move to become more “edgy,” Miley has started seeking out collaborations with rap and hip hop artists, promoted the use of drugs such as Molly and explored her own sexuality, literally, right before our eyes.  Yes, she has a right to “find herself” but, in a public forum, it has created some truly cringeworthy moments.

Still, no matter how crazy her celebrity life became, she had the stable, committed relationship with Liam to fall back on.  It was like that foundation made it a little more okay for her to venture outside the box because, at the end of the day, the performance ended and she went home to her domestic life.

Her relationship with her family waxes and wanes and everyone is still talking about her manic twerking stunt with Robin Thicke on the MMVAs.  Some people can’t wait to get away from her while others can’t wait to work with her.  It’s a time when she could lose the good people in her life, only to have them replaced with those who want to exploit her.  Even Liam has already moved on (with Mexican starlet, Eiza Gonzalez).

Now that Miley’s single, she seems even more vulnerable at a time when she’s not exactly showing signs of being stable.  Hopefully, this is the beginning of a new chapter in her life but, with fame, things are not always as they seem.

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