Miley Cyrus is celebrating the four-year anniversary of her hit song “Malibu.” The 2017 track was the lead single for her sixth studio album, Younger Now. Aside from being her ninth top-10 entry on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it’s also a special song for other reasons. It’s widely known that Cyrus penned “Malibu” as an ode to her then fiancé, Liam Hemsworth, and the home they shared in the California beach town, which was destroyed in a wildfire. Despite their split, the singer still holds a soft space in her heart for the song.
“Today is the 4 year anniversary of Malibu,” Cyrus began in the caption to the throwback video of her singing. “A song about a place and person that at the time I loved very much. That love was reciprocated beyond what I could describe here with freedom & escapism. I lost that home along with many others in 2018. Here is a video of me writing it in my home studio. 🌊 💕 🦢”
Miley Cyrus has spoken about how she ended up writing the song in the back of an Uber (yes, really). You never know when inspiration will strike! “On the way to The Voice. I drive myself everywhere, but that day I decided to Uber, and I was trying not to sing out loud because someone else was in the car,” she revealed in a cover story with Billboard.
In an interview with Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, Cyrus talked about the story of the song, which includes elements of love, nature, and a sense of belonging. “It can so easily be generalized into a love song,” she explained. “I had to really heal myself individually, and then this song about finding a new love with an old love, maybe you’re finding a new freedom is also about individuality and the freedom in that.”
She continued, “And realizing that certain doors lead you to one place you never imagined you would be, and if that can be through a person, that’s really awesome.”