Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are back to remind us that true love never dies.
Young Hollywood's former It couple have been spending a lot of time together in recent months. Despite calling off their engagement in September 2013, 16 months after Liam initially proposed, all signs have been pointing to a reconciliation.
Let's go over their recent timeline, shall we? Last spring, the two reportedly spent time together in Los Angeles, and for Halloween, the 23-year-old singer donned Liam's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle onesie in a series of Instagram snaps.
In November, the Happy Hippie helped Liam adopt a rescue dog, which raised many people's suspicions because, despite being absolutely adorable, the gesture went well beyond what most exes do for each other. Then earlier this month, Miley and Liam were spotted getting cozy at a music festival in Australia, which truly made us believe that the duo might be back on.
OK, we got a little ahead of ourselves on that last one. At the very least, Miley and Liam did just give, oh, everyone unrealistic hopes about the one who got away and high school flames. But don't drunk dial that long lost soulmate to confess your undying love just yet -- first, let's take a look back at some of the most gushy, delightful sentiments Miley and Liam have said about each other during their romantic rollercoaster.
The first hint of reconciliation came when Liam admitted to Men's Fitness in October that he still loved his former fiancée. "You fall in love with who you fall in love with; you can never choose," the 26-year-old actor explained. "I guess some people just come with a little more baggage. [Laughs.] I mean, look -- we were together five years, so I don't think those feelings will ever change. And that’s good because that proves to me that it was real. It wasn’t just a fling. It really was an important part of my life and always will be."
2. She's Just Being Miley
In the same interview, the Hunger Games star waxed poetic about Miley's free spirit, which has been both lauded and criticized in recent years. "I think she'll always surprise people with what she does, but she's not a malicious person in any way," he said. "She's a young girl who wants to do what she wants to do."
Miley and Liam fell for each other fast after meeting on the set of The Last Song in 2009. "From the first time we read, it was like I had known her before," Liam said of Miley in the April 2010 issue of Teen Vogue.
4. Besties First
In October 2009, the two hadn't labeled their budding relationship, but Miley had told Seventeenthat "first and foremost, we are best friends." She also uttered one of her first, and sweetest, things about her soon-to-be boyfriend. "All you want is for one person to say, 'You did a really good job today.' Or 'You look really beautiful,' or 'I was really moved by that,' You just want one person to make you feel good about something you're doing," she explained. "Liam has been a big part of that."
5. Almost Professional
Shortly before they got engaged, Liam opened up about falling in love with Miley on set of The Last Song. "What happened happened, and we've been together two and a half years," he told Details in February 2012. "She makes me really happy. When you start, you want to be professional, but when you're filming those scenes with someone and pretending to love them, you’re not human if you don’t feel something."
Miley always knew she had a gorgeous beau, and she was happy to tell the entire world when she graced the cover of Cosmopolitan in January 2013. A couple of months later, she continued to praise his physical attributes, telling ET that Liam didn't seem too upset by all the compliments. "All these women are reading about sex in Cosmo, and then it's, like, Liam naked in the pool," she told ET. "So he loves it, I'm sure."
7. That Loving Gaze
Despite the many rumors that were flying around in 2013, including talk of multiple ceremonies, the "Wrecking Ball" singer made it clear that she was only "having one wedding" to the man she thought was The One -- and she knew how rare that feeling was. "That's my day and whatever I want on that day, it will be about me and that moment, that look of love," she said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in November 2012.
"That's the one day that that movie crap is real, that romance. That look is the time that you get that," she added. "I've been to probably 10, 20 weddings, and I've seen that look probably five, six times. It's rare that people just stop to really look a person in the eye and know that this is your life together. It's important."
Miley has never been shy about her spirituality, which was clearly a bonding point for her and Liam. "I think we're both deeper than normal people -- what they think and how they feel," she admitted to Teen Vogue in the same 2010 interview with Liam. "He's very grateful for what he has, but he doesn’t let it go to his head. I’m like that too."
9. Growing Together and Apart
Even after the pair broke off their engagement, their feelings for one another remained. "I think I'm speaking to women, and it's not because I went through a breakup -- I love Liam and Liam loves me but -- it's about finding yourself, and sometimes you have to separate yourself from everyone," Miley said on Australia's Sunday Night in August 2014. And as everyone knows now, the controversial singer has certainly taken a journey of self-discovery over the last two years.
Here's to hoping that 2016 (and beyond!) will bring us even more adorable, mushy quotes from Miley and Liam.