Singer Miley Cyrus is back with her latest single and music video, “Flowers.” The song is an upbeat anthem for singlehood, providing not-so-subtle references to Cyrus’s ex-husband, actor Liam Hemsworth.
Unsurprisingly, sleuths on TikTok and beyond have identified several Easter eggs harkening back to Cyrus’s and Hemsworth’s relationship.
The first is the drop date: January 13, Hemsworth’s birthday. While “Flowers” released on January 12 in the United States, it was already the following day in Australia, Hemsworth’s home country.
Now, let’s get to the actual song. The first lyrics are, “We were good, we were gold / Kinda dream that can’t be sold / We were right ’til we weren’t / Built a home and watched it burn.” This is in reference to Cyrus and Hemsworth’s Malibu home, which burned in a 2018 wildfire.
As for the chorus, fans across social media pointed out that the lyrics seem to be in direct response to those in Bruno Mars’s “When I Was Your Man,” a ballad about the one that got away.
The lines to “When I Was Your Man” are, “I should have bought you flowers and held your hand / Should have gave you all my hours when I had the chance / Take you to every party ’cause all you wanted to do was dance.”
The chorus to “Flowers” is, “I can buy myself flowers, write my name in the sand / Talk to myself for hours, say things you don’t understand / I can take myself dancing, and I can hold my own hand.”
There’s a rumor that Hemsworth once dedicated the Bruno Mars song to her, but that hasn’t been verified — and would be weird, considering it’s a breakup song.
The next Easter egg is also speculation, but would be sweet if true. In the latter portion of the video, Cyrus dances in a suit. Fans are already reporting this is the same suit that Hemsworth wore to the Avengers: Endgame premiere, where he supposedly asked Cyrus to “behave for once” after she pretended to lick him. TikTok sleuths have been examining the footage of this moment, with many suggesting Hemsworth actually said “you’re gonna pay for it”.
If nothing else, it’s a similar suit. While rumors are flying, the target of the song is abundantly clear.