Miley Cyrus loves to get us all talking with her live performances and one week on from that giant sand dune on the X Factor, the 21-year-old hit headlines at the American Music Awards for singing with a giant cat. But was the Wrecking Ball singer's latest stunt inspired by her ex Liam Hemsworth?
The 'We Can't Stop' singer, who turned 21 on Saturday, was introduced to the AMAs stage by Jaden Smith and 2 Chainz on Sunday to close the awards ceremony which also saw the likes of Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and One Direction perform.
While she covered up most of her modesty, Miley flashed plenty of leg in a pair of waist-high leotard pants adorned with a cat print teamed with a matching crop top.
Miley Cyrus performing at the AMAs (YouTube)
Perhaps in keeping with her outfit, Miley's performance was accompanied by a singing cat which was projected onto the screen behind her and mimed along as the star belted out the lyrics.
Now a pal of the singer has claimed that the bizarre cat theme was a nod to happy times Miley spent with her former fiance Liam Hemsworth.
Miley and the Hunger Games hunk split in September after four years together, but according to the inside source Liam is still very much on the singer's mind, with the AMAs cat inspired by one of the former couples' favourite shared pastimes:
“Miley and Liam used to watch funny videos on YouTube together all time, especially cute cats and dogs and animals,” Miley’s friend reveals to Hollywoodlife.
Miley split from her former fiance Liam Hemsworth earlier this year (WENN)
“Miley came up with the cat video for her American Music Award performance a while ago. She saw this hilarious rendition of a cat known as the Keyboard Cat impersonating her in a homemade “Wrecking Ball” video and fell in love with it,” the friend adds.
”The cat, a red tabby, is swinging on a wrecking ball, licking the sledgehammer and playing piano.”
While Miley may reportedly be thinking about her ex, according to another source Liam is remaining cordial but keeping his distance, even on his former love's 21st birthday over the weekend:
“The recent contact he has had with her was to wish her Happy Birthday but that is about it,”the insider claims.