In the last two months, Miley Cyrus ended her relationships with her ex-husband Liam Hemsworth and ex-girlfriend Kaitlynn Carter, but already, she’s fully embracing new love. The singer has given seemingly minute-by-minute coverage of her burgeoning romance with Cody Simpson. All in all, it’s only been 10 days since the pair first kissed. In Instagram years, it’s felt like an eternity. Below, a breakdown of the developing love story.
2012: In a recently unearthed interview with Fuse, Simpson referred to Cyrus as “his childhood celebrity crush.” He added, “I knew all the words to her songs, I’m not gonna lie. I’m not ashamed about it, at all. I was a big Miley Cyrus fan. I think she will be, forever, the most dateable Disney star.”
2015: In a December 2015 interview with GQ Australia, Simpson said, “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.”
At the time, the two musicians were close friends, nothing more. Simpson was dating model Gigi Hadid, and Cyrus was dating Patrick Schwarzenegger.
August 2019: On August 11, news of Cyrus’s split from Hemsworth after six months of marriage and a decade together, broke. Theories about what led to the divorce ranged from busy schedules to infidelity, though Cyrus personally clarified that any cheating rumors were false. Cyrus’ public romance with Kaitlynn Carter began the same day her rep announced her separation from Hemsworth. Sources told Page Six that Cyrus and Hemsworth had been separated secretly for months before they went public with the news.
September 2019: At the end of September, Cyrus ended her month-long relationship with Kaitlynn Carter. A source told ET, “Miley and Kaitlynn are no longer together romantically. They have been there for each other through tough times recently but decided it’s best to be friends.”
October 4, 2019: Less than two weeks after celebrating her singledom in a series of canyon shots on Instagram, E! reported that Cyrus and Simpson shared a “quick kiss” while grabbing sushi at an LA grocery store. TMZ also posted video of the pair making out at Backyard Bowls eatery.
Cyrus seemingly addressed the photos on her Instagram Stories that day, writing that Simpson checked off all of her boxes. That is: being 22, “Australian (my type),” and having abs.
Simpson shared a black-and-white video of himself singing and playing guitar, captioned, “It’s a golden thing she’s got.” Cyrus commented, “🔥” followed by “Drop. That. Shit. 🔥🔥🔥🔥
A source told ET of the pair, “Miley and Cody have been friends for years. They have hooked up in the past. Cody and Miley have no plans to start dating each other exclusively. They both just want to have fun and are open and honest with each other about that.”
October 5, 2019: Shortly after, Cyrus shared a note defending her choice to date Simpson so quickly after she ended two other relationships:
“I am grown now and make choices as an adult knowing the truth/details/reality,” she wrote. “People only ‘know’ what they see on the internet.”
She added, “Men (especially successful ones) are RARELY slut-shamed. They move on from one beautiful young woman to the next MOST times without consequence. They are usually referenced as ‘legends,’ ‘heart throbs,’ ‘G,’ Ladies Man’ etc….. where women are called sluts/whores! I am trying to just THRIVE/survive in a ‘mans’ world…. If we can’t beat em, join em! If our president can ‘grab em by the p***y…’ Can’t I just have a kiss and açaí bowl?!?!”
“pre swim breakfast courtesy of baby,” Simpson captioned a photo of himself kissing Cyrus’s head the same day.
October 6, 2019: A day later, Simpson posted a pair of shirtless selfies with the caption “I got nothin.” Cyrus commented, “🔥💔🔥💔🔥💔🔥💔 Cutest” then “Ps I invented this caption 🤑.” As for Carter’s thoughts on her ex’s new relationship, TMZ reported that she was “not bothered” by their romance but was more generally worried about Cyrus’ well-being. The outlet wrote that Carter had “expressed concern” over Cyrus’ actions to close friends.
October 8, 2019: More than 8,000 people liked Justin Bieber’s comment under a different shirtless photo of Simpson that read, “Double date?” Simpson wrote back, “text me.”
October 9, 2019: Cyrus documented her hospitalization for tonsillitis—and Simpson played a large role. As seen on her Instagram Stories, she referred to him as her boyfriend for the first time while he serenaded her from the hospital bed. He also showed up with roses and his guitar.
At an event for his men’s collection launch with the brand, Simpson was asked if Cyrus was the one. “Oh, I don’t know,” he told Us Weekly. “It’s too early to say.”
People also spoke to Simpson about his relationship with Cyrus. “I’m very happy. We are very, very happy,” he said. “She’s creative. She’s very passionate about what she does, and I’m very similar in that sense. That’s why we get along so well. We just have a ball, yeah, and that’s the most important part of a relationship, you know?”
As for how the romance began, Simpson said: “The reason why it hasn’t been a really crazy sudden thing is just because we’ve been friends for so long,” he said, adding that they “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. 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.”
Hemsworth went on a date in New York City’s West Village around the same time with actress Maddison Brown. A source told Us Weekly that week that Hemsworth has no grudge against Cyrus for dating again publicly so quickly after their split. “He wants what’s best for her—even if it’s not him,” that source said.
October 14, 2019: Cyrus and Simpson soon opted to post a terrifying PDA video to Instagram. In it, the couple kisses while masked behind the app’s The Joker filter.
Cyrus also shared photos of her and Simpson indulging in a meal (“soup is an aphrodisiac”) and posing for a mirror selfie.