Miley Cyrus debuts post-breakup tattoo at VMAs with powerful message

The singer wowed the crowd at the VMAs with a performance of her new single, "Slide Away," but the song may not have been the only ode to her recent breakup.
Miley Cyrus new post-breakup tattoo
A fan-favorite performance wasn't the only thing that Miley Cyrus debuted at Monday night's MTV Video Music Awards.Getty Images

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By Ree Hines

Miley Cyrus delivered a show-stopping live performance of her new single, "Slide Away," at MTV's Video Music Awards Monday night.

But the lyrics she belted out onstage, which are widely believed to be about her split from husband Liam Hemsworth, may not have been the only ones intended to deliver a message about her life post-marriage.

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The other lyrics could be seen emblazoned across her left bicep in a new tattoo she debuted at the event.

Miley Cyrus backstage during the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards on August 26, 2019.WireImage

While Cyrus sang, “Once upon a time it was made for us, woke up one day and it turned to dust. Baby, we were found, but now we’re lost. So it’s time to let it go," her arm boasted another message.

In fine-line script, the tattoo read, "My head was feeling scared, but my heart was feeling free."

A close-up look at Miley Cryus' new tattoo.WireImage

The words are from the 1990 Pixies track "The Thing," however, they make for a sentiment that anyone facing the end of a long-term relationship can understand.

Cyrus and Hemsworth were married for less than a year when they announced their split, but their on-again, off-again romance spanned a decade.

Miley Cyrus and husband Liam Hemsworth announced their separations on August 10, 2019.KYLE GRILLOT / AFP - Getty Images

According to People, celebrity tattoo artist Winter Stone was responsible for the 26-year-old hit maker's latest ink — which isn't her first post-breakup tattoo.

The news of the split broke during Cyrus's recent Italian vacation, and upon her return, she had her go-to tattoo artist, Dr. Woo, leave her with a image to commemorate the getaway.

Just two weeks ago, the singer shared a photo from that trip that revealed her arm before those recent additions — as well as yet another apt message.

"Life's a climb," she wrote in the caption on Instagram, "but the view is great."