A Timeline of Their Crazy Year Since the 2013 VMAs

by Kadeen Griffiths

Can you believe it's been exactly one year since the 2013 Video Music Awards? Or am I the only person still writing 2013 on my note pads? At the 2013 VMAs, the world took a visual left turn into a new era the very second Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus performed and Cyrus twerked in front of all of us for the very first time. Sure, there were signs of Cyrus building a new image for herself, but I don't think any of us were paying attention until that single moment in award ceremony history. Now, just one year later, it's hard to imagine the time before Cyrus was, well, Cyrus.

In fact, a lot has changed for Cyrus and Thicke since that infamous performance that still hovers in the back of all of our minds. The people they were before they got onto that stage are gone and the people they are now are kind of totally different. Cyrus is more different than Thicke, of course, but the fact of the matter is that there's been a huge change in the state of their lives now to the state of their lives then. With the 2014 Video Music Awards looming ever closer, it's time for a progress report on everything that's happened for Thicke and Cyrus since the last time they were at the VMAs.


Cyrus released "We Can't Stop" as the lead single from her upcoming album, Bangerz, in June 2013. It hit number two on the Billboard chart and broke Vevo's record for the fastest video to reach 100 million views. Meanwhile, Thicke was in the midst of criticism following his March 2013 single "Blurred Lines", which was attacked for being a misogynistic mess that nonetheless became Thicke's first song to hit number one on the Billboard chart.

August 2013

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Cyrus performs "We Can't Stop" at the VMAs before stripping down to a skin-colored two piece to perform a duet of "Blurred Lines" with Thicke. The controversial performance got more people talking about Cyrus and Thicke (but mostly Cyrus) than ever before in their entire careers. They literally broke Twitter. It was a madhouse.

September 2013

Cyrus and fiancé Liam Hemsworth call off their engagement. The popular rumor at the time is that Hemsworth was as appalled by her VMAs performance as everyone else was. This also gave just about everyone the opportunity to make a joke about Cyrus' relationship not "twerking" out.

February 2014

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Patton and Thicke separate after almost nine years of marriage. Rumors blame everything from alleged stories of Thicke's unfaithfulness to Patton's humiliation after Thicke's VMAs performance. No matter what the explanation, the separation went forward as planned.

April 2014

Between Cyrus being hospitalized with an allergic reaction and losing her beloved dog, Floyd, April is not a good month for her. She Instagrams her entire hospital stay all through the month, but doesn't recover enough to return to the stage until early May.

May 2014

Thicke announces "Get Her Back" is the first single off his next album, called Paula, that is entirely based on the idea that he can win Patton back by wooing her in public with his music. Generally, the rest of the world agrees that this is an incredibly bad idea.

June 2014

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Cyrus' Bangerz NBC special completely flops during its premiere, losing 4 million viewers during its two hour run alone. At this point, Cyrus' antics have gone from shocking to expected, so this comes as no surprise. In addition, Thicke's Twitter Q&A is hijacked by trolls who ask him questions about his misogyny and unnecessary campaign to get Patton back.


Thicke has given up on his campaign to get Patton back and has put their home up for sale. Meanwhile, Cyrus is taking Instagram photos of herself peeing in the woods and being invited to attend (but not perform at) the 2014 VMAs. Of the two of them, I'd have to say that Cyrus' progress report has probably been the most positive in the last year. Hopefully things will start looking up for Thicke soon.

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