Miley Cyrus Declares She Doesn’t ‘Belong To Anyone’ In Self-Directed Music VideoAugust 14, 2020
Just hours after her alleged breakup from Cody Simpson was reported, Miley Cyrus dropped a single person’s anthem. Watch her music video for ‘Midnight Sky,’ which also marks her directorial debut!
One year after hinting that new music was on its way, Miley Cyrus made good on the promise by releasing “Midnight Sky.” The first track from her forthcoming She Is Miley Cyrus album arrived on Aug. 14, and it seems to be the Disney Channel alum’s farewell to all her past loves (which include Liam Hemsworth, Kaitlynn Carter and now, apparently, Cody Simpson). “I was born to run, I don’t belong to anyone, oh no / Don’t need to be loved by you / Fire in my lungs, can’t fight the Devil on my tongue, oh no / Don’t need to be loved by you,” Miley sings, and this assertion of independence is reflected in the song’s music video, which seemed heavily inspired by ’80s glam rock and disco.
Just hours before Miley’s new song was released, something just as major hit the news circuit: a report claiming that she had broken up Cody! They had “officially called it quits” within “the last few weeks” after 10 months of dating, sources told TMZ. Neither Miley nor Cody has spoken on the matter, and the report was a shocker, considering that Cody had just declared his “love” for Miley on Aug. 1.
But, back to the music! “Meet Miley Cyrus….. again,” Miley tweeted on Aug. 4, sharing a clip from her 2008 music video, “Start All Over.” Miley also included the hashtags “#SheIsComing” and “#ButForRealThisTime,” referencing her campaign from last year. In 2019, Miley announced she was going to release three EPs – She Is Coming, She Is Here, and She Is Everything – that would make up the full-length record, She Is Miley Cyrus. Only the first one, She Is Coming, was released. The track was described as “an unkempt little EP that tries to cram her wild oeuvre, from molly to Mark Ronson, into just six songs” by Rolling Stone. It’s possible that this three-EP project was meant to sum up Miley’s past, present, and future. But, for whatever reason(s), the second and third installments never came out.
2019 was the year that Miley’s marriage to Liam Hemsworth fell apart, and the on-again/off-again lovers appeared to say good-bye for good. She seemingly addressed the breakup on “Slide Away,” the song she released in August of that year. While teasing “Midnight Sky,” Miley hinted that this song might also be about that relationship. While taking a selfie video of her listening to the synth-pop track, fans picked apart the lyrics, per Billboard. “It’s been a long night and the mirror is tellin’ me to go home/ But it’s been a long time since I’ve felt this good on my own/ Nine years went by with my hands tied up in your ropes/ Forever and ever, no more.”
Musically, Miley has spent 2020 paying homage to some of music’s giants. She covered The Beatles’ “Help” in an empty Rose Bowl Stadium as part of Global Citizen’s “Global Goal: Unite for Out Future.” She and her now possible ex, Cody, teamed up to deliver an acoustic version of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” on an April episode of Saturday Night Live. She also broke out “The Climb” for the Class of 2020, performing her song for the first time in two years for the #Gradutation2020 virtual event.
Regarding her romantic life, Miley has weathered quarantine with help from Cody. She and the “On My Mind” singer have thrived while in quarantine together. They have “passed with flying colors,” a source told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY in May, adding that they have been “able to really focus all their energy on positive, healthy stuff.” While avoiding drugs and alcohol, the two have stayed fit by training in their home gym and, in Miley’s case, making use of all this free time to work on music.
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