Miley Cyrus has a new flame in longtime friend Cody Simpson! On Thursday, the 26-year-old "Slide Away" singer and the 22-year-old Australian musician were spotted grabbing food together at a Backyard Bowls in Los Angeles. Photos obtained by TMZ show the duo sharing a kiss during the outing.
Shortly after a video of the two kissing made its rounds, Miley took to Twitter to push back on critics who said she'd moved on too quickly from her split with Liam Hemsworth. "I am trying to just THRIVE/survive in a 'mans' world .... if we can't beat em, join em!" she wrote. "If our president can 'grab em by the p*ssy....' can't I have a kiss and açaí bowl?!?!"
She added: "Don't f*cking pity me, not what I'm asking for. I have a great life I wouldn't trade for 'privacy' but PLEASE don't make this awkward for me! I am trying to make light and like always MAKE FUN of myself / and the public's perception of me! Get used to me dating - this is where I am at!"
Miley and Cody have been hanging out quite a bit as of late. They've reportedly been enjoying other excursions together. Their potential romance isn't totally random, as the two have actually been friends for quite some time. In 2015, Cody opened up about his bond with Miley, telling GQ, "Miley is one of my best friends and she helps with some of that transitional stuff — trying to escape your childhood. She's super open-minded and I'm working on becoming more like that."
While Cody was previously linked to Clair Wuestenberg and Gigi Hadid, Miley was notably in a long-term relationship with Liam Hemsworth. The two wed in December 2018 before deciding to part ways around August. Shortly after their breakup, Miley was photographed kissing Kaitlynn Carter during an Italian getaway. However, Miley and Kaitlynn split a month later in September.