Miley Cyrus Didn’t Expect Liam Hemsworth to File for Divorce and Is ‘Disappointed,’ According to Source

When Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth announced they were splitting earlier this month, her rep issued a statement that said the couple was separating. Hemsworth has now filed for divorce and Cyrus reportedly “didn’t expect it.”

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The first statement explained briefly that they broke up

Cyrus’ rep initially released a statement explaining: “Liam and Miley have agreed to separate at this time. Ever-evolving, changing as partners and individuals, they have decided this is what’s best while they both focus on themselves and careers.”

The statement continued: “They still remain dedicated parents to all of their animals they share while lovingly taking this time apart. Please respect their process and privacy.”

Rumors swirled

At the same time, photos were circulating of Cyrus kissing Kaitlynn Carter while they were on vacation in Italy. Many wondered if Cyrus’ actions were part of the reason that the singer and the actor were calling it quits.

As the rumors swirled, a report made the rounds that Hemsworth broke his silence by remarking, “You don’t understand what it’s like. I don’t wanna talk about it, mate.”

He later took to Instagram to post a short statement: “Hi all… Just a quick note to say that Miley and I have recently separated and I wish her nothing but health and happiness going forward. This is a private matter and I have not made, nor will I be making, any comments to any journalists or media outlets. Any reported quotes attributed to me are false. Peace and Love.”

Hemsworth filed for divorce

According to documents obtained by PEOPLE, Hemsworth filed for divorce from Cyrus today, citing “irreconcilable differences.”

An insider close to the singer told PEOPLE that Cyrus was “disappointed,” noting, “She didn’t expect it and is a bit disappointed, but she is still doing well and has obviously moved on as well.”

The source added: “What she and Liam had for a long time was very special. It’s just hard for her to think that she will never have this again with Liam. There are really so many things that she loves about him.”

The two met in 2009 on the set of The Last Song and had an on-again/off-again relationship until they were married in December 2018 at her family’s home in Tennessee.

A source close to Cyrus shared that it has been difficult for the singer to give up on their relationship, telling PEOPLE: “They have a long history together, and that’s a huge part of why she has a hard time letting him go.”

The insider added, “At the end of the day, she wants to be happy, and she genuinely wants Liam to be happy too.”

Cyrus released a new song

Cyrus released a new song titled “Slide Away” that alluded to some issues in their relationship, including the lyrics: “I want my house in the hills / Don’t want the whiskey and pills / I don’t give up easily / But I don’t think I’m down.”

An insider explained to PEOPLE that the song wasn’t intentionally meant to hurt Hemsworth, as they noted: “Her song was her way of telling her story without having to say anything at all. She isn’t trying to bash him, but she wants to be able to share what she’s been going through.”