Miley Cyrus VMA Performance: The Nail in Liam Hemsworth Engagement Coffin!

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Let's be clear: the relationship between Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus was pretty much over weeks ago, long before the latter Twerked up a storm at the MTV Video Music Awards.

So Miley's racy routine at that event didn't cause this couple to break up... but it didn't exactly help matters, either.

"When he saw her performance and the backlash it created, it was the nail in the coffin,” an insider tells Radar Online. “That was all he needed to finally break up with Miley once and for all. He was embarrassed, disgusted and mortified by her performance.”

Of course, this assertion doesn't jibe with other reports.

According to the outlets that originally confirmed Miley and Liam's split, the actor's infidelity was actually to blame for the couple's demise, with rumors continuing to circulate that he's in touch with January Jones and that he intimately touched Eiza Gonzalez.

“There was a time that they had a lot in common and enjoyed being together,” the source tells Radar. "But in the last year or so, they grew apart and tried desperately to make it work, but it just didn’t and it won’t.

“This breakup is the best thing for both of them."

Let's hope that's the case... and let's start to plan Miley's love life! Who should the singer date next?

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Miley Cyrus Biography

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Miley Cyrus has evolved tremendously over the years. Initially known for portraying Hannah Montana, the singer/actress made an effort to... More »
Franklin, Tennessee
Full Name
Destiny Hope Cyrus

Miley Cyrus Quotes

Thank you guys for all your support. Without you, none of this would be possible. I love every one of you and I could not be more appreciative. God bless you.

Miley Cyrus [at a concert, soon after photo scandal broke]

I have let myself down. I will learn from my mistakes and trust my support team. My family and my faith will guide me through my life's journey.

Miley Cyrus [on lewd photos]