Although Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have been together for nearly a decade, the "Malibu" singer says there was one event that was the catalyst for their marriage. In her Vanity Fair cover story, Cyrus explained that the Woolsey Fire that ravaged the couple's home in Malibu, California, is what brought the two closer together and made them sure about spending the rest of their lives together.
Cyrus said the trauma actually strengthened the bond between her and her now husband because they were the only two who could understand exactly what the other was going through. "Liam and I have also found a new bond underneath all that rubble. Going through a natural disaster, the grief you experience is really unlike any other loss. No more, just different," she wrote in a personal memo for the outlet. "In our position it feels or looks like everything is replaceable and you can start again, but you can't buy spirit. Our place wasn't filled with expensive, meaningless s—, but art."
Not only did the experience allow the couple to become closer together, but Cyrus also felt a new relationship forming with herself. "I'll never be happy that all those memories and pictures and things that I've loved are gone," she said. "But to have an experience like this—I find myself feeling more connected to being human again."
Among what was left of their property were concrete letters spelling out "L-O-V-E," which Hemsworth shared in a post on Instagram. "That's literally and physically all that's left, so I felt that that was really poetic," she said on On Air with Ryan Seacrest in December. "You can always rebuild a physical structure, but that love that can't be destroyed is always there and always stays strong. That's been something that gave me a lot of light at a dark time."