Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus
09/17/2013 AT 07:30 AM EDT
Any hope that Miley Cyrus
and Liam Hemsworth
would twerk off into the sunset together was lost when reps for the couple confirmed Monday that they called off their engagement
But signs their young romance was on the rocks began earlier this year when the singer, 20, took to Twitter to shoot down "#draining" reports
that her wedding was off the table
And that wasn't the only clue.
Hint 1: She took that ring off
As soon as we laid eyes on the 3.5-carat Neil Lane diamond The Hunger Games
star, 23, slipped on the singer's finger
in May 2012, we knew it was definitely not a Nashville (wedding) party. So when Cyrus was spotted
without her Hollywood-worthy rock in March, buzz that their own relationship was on the rocks quickly followed. A source told PEOPLE
that the newlyweds-to-be "split for now," but by the end of the month, she put the ring back on
– also for now.
Hint 2: They put the wedding on hold
Soon after – and just less than a year since they made plans to wed – the couple took their big day off the calendar. "They want to figure out their life together before they get married," a source told PEOPLE
in April of the postponement. "They just realized that there is no rush with the wedding and that it's better that they wait a bit." Even with the pressure to tie the knot removed, a source told PEOPLE
Cyrus was still struggling to stay with Hemsworth.
Hint 3: That VMAs performance
Miley Cyrus performs at the VMAs with Robin Thicke
Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic
Tongues were wagging – including her own – when Cyrus went from working on her relationship to Twerking at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Her eyebrow-raising, booty-shaking performance
of her hit, "We Can't Stop," with Robin Thicke reportedly received no standing ovation from Hemsworth.
Hint 4: She was a "wreck"
Miley Cyrus in the music video for 'Wrecking Ball'
The most shocking part of Cyrus's follow-up to
"We Can't Stop" had nothing to do with the fact she was swinging around naked
at a construction site. (Or that her tongue was in her mouth. And there were no teddy bears involved.) The Terry Richardson-directed music video for "Wrecking Ball," released at the beginning of the month, featured a tearful Cyrus singing about a destructive relationship: "All I wanted was to break your walls/All you ever did was wreck me."
Hint 5: Tweethearts no more
Cyrus expressed more than she could ever say in 140 characters or less when she unfollowed
Hemsworth on Twitter over the weekend, further foreshadowing that the power couple was indeed #over.