Miley Cyrus is promoting her (delightful) new single, “Malibu,” which means, after a few years of relative quiet, Cyrus is returning to the scene, making appearances and doing press and otherwise getting herself out there. She performed the single live for the first time this past weekend, at the Wango Tango concert in Los Angeles, where she met up with fellow performer Katy Perry, a pop star also making her return to the limelight. Perry shared a video of the two of them embracing on her Instagram Story, captioning it “#BUYMALIBUONITUNES.” (Perry also tweeted in support of the single on the day of its release, writing, “Love this! Sounds like you just pulled up to the liberation station.”)
Did we all know Cyrus and Perry were buddies!? They’ve been photographed at events and the like for years, but we wouldn’t have necessarily realized they shared any sort of history—until Cyrus explained as much on a radio show Tuesday. “She’s been a friend of mine for a really long time,” Cyrus told KTU’s Cubby and Carolina Show. “We were actually just realizing the other day that next year, we’ll have been friends for 10 years. I think that’s my friend that I’ve known the longest. Which is really, really weird.” Katy Perry is Miley Cyrus’s oldest friend?! Update your hand-drawn pop-star friendship charts accordingly, we guess.
Cyrus explained exactly how the two met, back in 2008. “When [Perry] came out with ‘I Kissed a Girl,’ I was doing the Hannah Montana movie, and I heard her on the radio. They said, ‘Who did you write that about?’ She said me! I screamed and started freaking out, and then she asked me to go to the VMAs with her. That’s when I started doing my whole VMA controversy. I was like, ‘I’ll go with Katy Perry!’ So that’s how we met and we just stayed friends.”
And there is photo documentation of this account, lest we wonder about its veracity, as there are shots of the two of them from that year’s ceremony that are frankly jarring to behold now, Perry with her sun-kissed, pin-up aesthetic, and Cyrus with cascading locks, years before she would return to the VMAs a-twerking.
By Josh Duboff