Miley Cyrus has been on a press tour for weeks, but it wasn’t until the Oct. 11 episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show that she finally addressed her breakup with Liam Hemsworth. The Last Song costars announced the end of their engagement on Sept. 16, but the 20-year-old pop princess has managed to avoid questions about their split while promoting her fourth album, Bangerz.
“So the last time you were here [in November 2012], I threw you an engagement party,” host Ellen DeGeneres said in Friday’s show. Cyrus replied, “Do you want your money back?”
“I want my money back,” DeGeneres joked. “I sent you, like, [strippers]. You enjoyed it.”
The “Wrecking Ball” singer laughed and replied, “I should of kept one of those dudes’ numbers.” In all seriousness, Cyrus said it’s “not awkward” talking about her breakup “because I’m living it.”
“I think people spend more time actually thinking about it than I really do. I just believe when a chapter is done you have to close it and start that new one. That’s kind of where I am right now,” she explained. “I felt like I have so much to be thankful for at this time that my energy hasn’t really been focused on that.”
The Tennessee native continued, “I’ve been kind of impressed with people and how much they’ve actually shown more respect. I don’t really look up anything, so maybe they haven’t been showing respect, but from what I have seen, I felt like people have really focused on my music right now when I’ve needed them and have actually been really good about that. Because that’s the only thing I worried about—I didn’t want it to make me to sacrifice what I’ve been working for, for just the attention to be on that.”
Bangerz is a reflection of her relationship with Hemsworth, whom she began dating in 2009 and got engaged to in 2012. “I think it says that with starting with ‘Adore You’ and ending with ‘Someone Else,'” she said. “I feel like you can really find like this arch of, like, growth.”
Cyrus said she didn’t realize how personal the album was “until I really listened to it now that it’s done and I have like my physical copy and I put it in my car. I’m like, ‘This is really like telling a story.’ I think I knew more intuitively where my life was going then I actually thought I did at the time.”
The “We Can’t Stop” singer hasn’t been in contact with Hemsworth, 23, who is currently in Georgia filming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay with Jennifer Lawrence and Julianne Moore.
“You know, for me, I really haven’t gotten to see anyone right now. ‘Cause I’ve been so crazy busy, I’m just letting that chapter kind of close and just looking forward to that new one,” Cyrus explained. “I want to be really clear and determined with everything I’m doing in my life right now, and I have been. I keep saying I’m the happiest I’ve ever been and that’s not even a dig. That’s just me, because I really am genuinely happy finally with myself, which I think sometimes it takes you separating yourself from someone else to really be happy with who you are. I’ve never been able to just be alone, and I’m obsessed with being alone and like hearing my thoughts.”
Hemsworth, for his part, has yet to publicly comment on their broken engagement.