It seems Miley Cyrus has put her messy summer behind her, finding some new love in the wake of her divorce from Liam Hemsworth.
It all started when the songstress was seen on an acai bowl date with Cody Simpson last week, and on Wednesday (Oct. 9), officially called him her “BF” via Instagram stories.
Though the pairing may seem random on first glance, the duo have been close for years now. See below for a full timeline of Cyrus and Simpson’s relationship.
2012 – Simpson calls Cyrus his “childhood crush”
Seven years ago, the Australian crooner sat down with Fuse to talk about his Welcome to Paradise tour, when he was asked who his celebrity crush is. He immediately revealed that the Hannah Montana star struck his fancy, admitting, “I knew all the words to her songs, I’m not gonna lie, I’m not ashamed at all.”
“I think she will be forever the most datable Disney star,” he foreshadowed.
2014 – Cody defends Bangerz-era Miley
Cyrus stirred some controversy following the release of her fourth studio album and its subsequent tour full of nipple pasties, provocative poses and phallic imagery.
Simpson was having none of the hate, though. In an interview with ET, the singer said, She’s definitely at heart a very sweet, normal, cool girl. We were spending time out at her ranch in Nashville last week and I’m like ‘Why do people say these things?’ She’s just the coolest chick.”
2015 – Cyrus is Simpson’s “best friend”
In a profile with GQ, the 22-year-old singer mentioned his developing friendship with Cyrus. “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.”
Oct. 3 2019 – Acai bowl date
Dating rumors quickly heated up when the duo were spotted at Backyard Bowls in West Hollywood, where they shared a smooch caught on video by TMZ.
The backlash that followed prompted Cyrus to unleash a lengthy message on Twitter, asking for equality when talking about men versus women’s dating lives. “I am just trying to THRIVE/survive in a ‘mans’ world….if we can’t beat em, join em! If our president can ‘grab em by the p—-…’ can’t I just have a kiss and acai bowl?!?!” she wrote, referencing her date with Simpson.
She followed up by gushing over Simpson on her Instagram stories, checking off boxes for his abs, Australian heritage and for being 22 years old.
Oct. 9, 2019 – Cyrus’ “BF” Simpson visits her in the hospital
After heading to the hospital for tonsillitis, Cyrus was visited by Simpson, who came prepared with a bouquet of red roses and a guitar. She took to Instagram stories to call him her official “BF” and share a snipped of a song he wrote for her, presumably titled “Golden Thing.” The romantic lyrics featured were “Deep blue jeans, movie screens, it’s a golden thing she’s got,” and “I shouted the words in the first daylight and a chorus of words burst into sight/Now I know that I’m hers, for whatever it’s worth, by the rule that’s in the sky.”
Oct. 10, 2019 – Even more cute Instagram stories
Cyrus made it home from the hospital, and cozied up to Simpson in celebration. “my sick girl finally free,” the Australian crooner wrote on a photo of Miley. The two then proceeded to take a number of adorable selfies in the bathroom.