Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Split

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Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth

"Ever-evolving, changing as partners and individuals, they have decided this is what’s best while they both focus on themselves and careers," a rep for the singer said.

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have separated after less than a year of marriage.

“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. They still remain dedicated parents to all of their animals they share while lovingly taking this time apart. Please respect their process and privacy," a rep for the singer said in a statement to People.

Cyrus had been spotted without her wedding ring in photos she posted from her vacation in Italy last week. After photos surfaced of Cyrus looking romantic with Kaitlynn Carter (who recently split from The Hills star Brody Jenner) during that Italy trip, Cyrus, who identifies as queer, took to social media to say: "Don’t fight evolution, because you will never win. Like the mountain I am standing on top of, which was once under water, connected with Africa, change is inevitable. The Dolomites were not created over night, it was over millions of years that this magnificent beauty was formed. My dad always told me 'Nature never hurries but it is always on time'.... it fills my heart with peace and hope KNOWING that is true. I was taught to respect the planet and its process and I am committed to doing the same with my own." Later adding, "Life’s a climb... but the view is great."

After the headline-grabbing pictures of Cyrus and Carter circulated, Hemsworth took to Instagram to say, "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." 

The longtime couple had confirmed that they tied the knot in December. "10 years later," Cyrus had captioned a photo of herself in a white gown embracing Hemsworth. Cyrus and her family later shared more snapshots from the big day on social media, including a cake cutting picture and a family portrait.

In June, the Black Mirror star and She Is Coming singer celebrated her 10-year anniversary with Hemsworth — the pair first met on the set of their film The Last Song — with a message to her "love."

They quietly married after losing their home together in the California wildfires in November.

“I was 18 when I met Miley," Hemsworth told GQ Australia in an interview published in May. "We really fell in love quickly and had a really strong connection from the beginning and I think in the back of my head I knew it was on the cards, but we weren’t planning to have a wedding anytime soon. Then just going through something this emotional with someone, it brings you closer and we felt like we’d lost a big part of our lives, so we wanted to make a new part of our lives. It was something really good coming out of a horrible situation. It was going to happen eventually, but I think this just sped it up a little bit."

In a February interview with Vanity Fair, Cyrus told the magazine of her marriage to Hemsworth: "The reason that people get married sometimes can be old-fashioned, but I think the reason we got married isn’t old-fashioned — I actually think it’s kind of New Age. We’re redefining, to be fucking frank, what it looks like for someone that’s a queer person like myself to be in a hetero relationship. A big part of my pride and my identity is being a queer person. What I preach is: People fall in love with people, not gender, not looks, not whatever. What I’m in love with exists on almost a spiritual level. It has nothing to do with sexuality. Relationships and partnerships in a new generation—I don’t think they have so much to do with sexuality or gender. Sex is actually a small part, and gender is a very small, almost irrelevant part of relationships."

An earlier version of this story first appeared on Billboard.com.