Taylor Swift, whose recent album announcement, record-breaking world tour and appearance at the Super Bowl alongside partner Travis Kelce got everyone talking, is having a bit of a moment right now – as is Miley Cyrus, the former Hannah Montana star who recently stole the show with her Grammys performance.
But you may not realize that the two are related in an appropriate musical way.
Taylor, who signed her first recording contract at just 14 years old, is just three years older than Miley, whose first season of Hannah Montana aired when she was just 13.
And it turns out Taylor was also involved with the show behind the scenes.
Taylor, who has written songs for other artists in the past (like Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s This Is What You Came For), also wrote a song for Hannah Montana.
In the 2009 film Hannah Montana, the song You’ll Always Find Your Way Back Home shines as a country bop – and was written by none other than Taylor (who would have been 19 or 20 when the film was released).
Taylor collaborated with songwriter Martin Johnson to write the song – with whom she also worked on the track Speak Now If This Was A Movie.
The You Belong With Me star also made an appearance in Hannah Montana: The Movie, and Miley took the stage with Taylor during the latter’s first-ever Grammy performance.
So wait: are Miley and Taylor friends?
Well, they seemed happy performing together in the late 2000s. “Our personalities are different so it works,” Taylor said of their Grammys collaboration at the time, to which Miley added: ” And our voices.”
The two also shared a hug in a video of the performance.
Later, when Miley was in the spotlight for her infamous performance at the 2013 VMAs, Taylor came to her defense.
“Honestly, I think I encourage everyone who lives their life on their own terms, wears what they want to wear and represents what they want to represent,” she told Tout Le Monde En Parle.
“I don’t think any other female artist should be able to tell me to wear less clothes and I won’t tell any other female artist to wear more clothes.”
However, in a 2015 New York Times article, Miley seemed to claim that she didn’t want to be part of Taylor’s friend group.
“I’m not trying to be part of the team,” she said at the time. “None of my friends are famous and there’s no other reason why I love real people who live real lives, because they inspire me.”
And, speaking about Taylor’s Bad Blood music video the following year, Miley told Marie Claire: “I don’t understand the violent revenge thing. Is this supposed to be a good example? And I’m a bad role model because I run around with my boobs out? I don’t know how breasts are worse than guns.
However, neither star has made any real comments about the other since: Taylor and Miley were both in attendance at the 2024 Grammys, and Taylor enthusiastically clapped when Miley won Best Pop Solo Performance for Flowers facing his also nominated Anti-Hero.
So basically, we don’t know. But we know that always finding your way back is an eternal bop.