Miley Cyrus may have shed the party-girl persona that made her a tabloid regular several years ago, but the former Disney Channel star still remains a constant source of gossip. Here’s a look at her career so far and the recent Instagram post that had many of her followers believing she was expecting a baby.
Born in Tennessee in 1992, Miley Cyrus was seemingly destined to forge a career in showbiz. After all, her father is country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, her godmother is the legendary Dolly Parton and four of her siblings are also now in the entertainment industry. Cyrus herself first came into the public eye playing Young Ruthie in 2003’s Big Fish. Three years later, she landed the role that made her a worldwide phenomenon.
Yes, Cyrus made her debut as Hannah Montana in 2006 and soon became a global star. That same year, for instance, she topped the Billboard 200 with the first official soundtrack from the show. A sell-out world tour, a 3D concert movie and a chart-topping double album soon followed. By the age of just 16, in fact, Cyrus had enjoyed four number-one LPs and become the youngest artist to achieve such a feat.
Cyrus also later earned a Golden Globe nomination for her voice performance in the animated movie Bolt, starred in a Hannah Montana movie and started her own fashion label. She subsequently hosted SNL, added So Undercover and LOL to her filmography and guested on Two and a Half Men. Cyrus then left her Disney Channel past behind to establish a more grown-up sound and image.
This saw her work with the likes of Snoop Dogg and Pharrell, perform a suggestive duet with Robin Thicke at the 2013 MTV VMAs and become something of a twerk icon. She also scored another number-one single in the shape of Wrecking Ball, which was accompanied by a video featuring her swinging entirely unclothed atop the eponymous sphere of destruction. And in 2015 she released a psychedelic album for free on SoundCloud.
But Cyrus reinvented herself again in 2017 for her latest album, Younger Now. Featuring guest vocals from godmother Dolly Parton, the record saw Cyrus embrace her country music roots and adopt a more restrained image. It peaked at number five on the Billboard 200, becoming her 11th top ten entry overall.
Through it all, though, the singer’s love life remained a constant source of speculation. During her Hannah Montana era, for instance, she dated actor Tyler Posey for two years and fellow Disney Channel star Nick Jonas for 18 months. But her most high-profile relationship has been with Liam Hemsworth, whom she met on the set of a Nicholas Sparks adaptation called The Last Song.
Cyrus and Hemsworth have since become renowned for their on/off romance. Indeed, in 2012 they announced their engagement, only to break it off just a year later. In early 2016, however, the star confirmed that she and Hemsworth were once again an item. And six months later they got engaged for a second time.
But there were rumors early in 2017 that the pair had already walked down the aisle together. After all, both Cyrus and Hemsworth had apparently been seen sporting matching rings during a romantic getaway to Tybee Island, which was where they had filmed The Last Song.
Regardless, the pair still appear to be together judging by Cyrus’ recent activity on Instagram. In November 2017, for instance, the star posted a picture of a gem-studded gold chain that Hemsworth had given to her as a pre-25th birthday present. She captioned the photo, “My mannnnnn’s already winnin & it ain’t even my bday yet!”
But it was another Instagram photo that sent the online world into a frenzy shortly afterwards. In the Thanksgiving picture, Cyrus could be seen cradling her stomach with the caption, “Stoked for a day full of Tofurkey & loved ones. Ain’t it ironic? #VeganTurkeyBaby.” Inevitably, then, the pose and baby reference had many followers believing that the star was in fact pregnant.
The post came just days after Cyrus had sported a gargantuan dress on The Voice’s results show, too. And the star’s unusual attire had several of her fans trying to join the dots. One follower tweeted, “Is Miley pregnant? I’m suddenly thinking back on all her recent outfit choices including a very curious one on The Voice Tuesday.”
“If Miley is pregnant I will really cry forever, I love Miley so much.” “Miley looks so pregnant here. Like, is that a baby bump we see here?” “Miley, are you carrying Liam’s baby?!” These are just some of the other responses to Cyrus’ pre-Thanksgiving post, all suggesting that the baby in question wasn’t of the vegan-turkey variety.
After learning about all the rumors, however, Cyrus wasted little time in putting them to bed. In fact, she took to Twitter again the very same day to set the record straight. And it’s fair to say that she seemed amused by the talk that she was carrying a real baby.
“Rude!!! Not pregnant, just eating a s*** ton of tofurkey.” That’s how Cyrus responded, in a caption on the very same photo that had sparked all the speculation. The star also added a red arrow pointing to her belly and a “Miley Cyrus pregnant” headline to the pic.
Cyrus didn’t let the gossip ruin her birthday and Thanksgiving celebrations, though. She later posted an image of herself in one of her more familiar poses – sticking her tongue out. The singer also uploaded a smiley picture from her childhood, captioned with the phrase, “Birthday Mood.”
She also made a cheeky attempt to convert some of her followers to veganism, posting a variety of vegan-friendly alternatives to turkey for the big Thanksgiving meal. “In case any last-minute conscience kicks in,” Cyrus explained. The star decided to become a vegan in 2014 in response to the death of her dog Floyd.
And for anyone still doubting Cyrus’ denials, an Instagram post from December 2017 appeared to prove once and for all that the star definitely wasn’t pregnant. Sporting a yellow crop top, the singer flashed her entirely flat midriff during a recording studio session with The Voice contestant Brooke Simpson. Cyrus had also posted a similar photo just a week previously.
Nonetheless, Cyrus does want a baby of her own in the near future, according to reports. In Touch Weekly has even claimed that she and Hemsworth have been arguing about the prospect of welcoming a little one into their worlds. Hollywood Life also alleged that while Cyrus is keen to get pregnant immediately, her fiancé is currently a little more reluctant about becoming a parent.
But for now at least, Cyrus appears to be concentrating on her work. For example, she recorded covers of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “Sleigh Ride” just in time for the festive season. And in January 2018 she performed alongside John Legend, Kesha and Chris Martin at New York’s Madison Square Garden for a gig in honor of Sir Elton John.