Although Miley and Liam's families were "begging" the pair to reconsider their split, The Hunger Games actor filed for divorce yesterday. According to PEOPLE, he cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for their breakup. The publication also confirmed the pair signed a prenuptial agreement ahead of their marriage, so an easy divorce is said to be expected.
Upon hearing the news her husband of less than a year had officially moved on from their relationship, the "Mother's Daughter" singer "was shocked".
“She didn’t expect it and is a bit disappointed, but she is still doing well and has obviously moved on as well,” the source said.
“What she and Liam had for a long time was very special. It’s just hard for her to think that she will never have this again with Liam. There are really so many things that she loves about him.”
"Their families have urged them to take some time to breathe before they make any final decisions," an insider told E! News. "They are both upset about how this has blown up and are both hurting right now."
At the time, the source also claimed: "Neither Miley or Liam have decided when they are going to take the next step of filing for divorce because there is a chance of reconciliation".
Clearly, things have taken a turn for the worse since then.
In the wake of their messy split, a representative for Miley, 26, and Liam, 29, claimed that the pair "still remain dedicated parents to all of their animals". However, since then, an insider has revealed the pop star and Australian actor are locked in a bitter custody feud over who will care for their seven dogs, two mini horses, two regular-sized horses, two pigs and three cats full time.
While the separated stars initially told their pals they hoped to "co-parent" their furry friends, the insider revealed to Radar Online that "everyone knows that’s not possible".
“Miley thinks these animals are all hers, but Liam also adopted two of the dogs on his own,” the source dished, referring to Liam's pitbull Tani and mix Dora. "Miley wants to raise them together. She doesn’t think it would be okay to separate them.”
While the anonymous source said The Isn't It Romantic star— who saved their 16 pets from the California wildfires that destroyed their Malibu home earlier this year— is still coming to terms with their divorce, the "Wrecking Ball" songstress is far more focused on their animals.
“She seems to be more concerned about the pets than Liam right now,” they said.
As for why they split, a source close to the A-listers said it was Liam's excessive partying habits that spelled the end of their relationship. These claims were also supported by TMZ, with sources on the singer's side saying Liam's alleged "drinking" and "drug use" damaged their relationship.
Another spy said the "Can't Be Tamed" singer also told the outlet that Liam's "super easygoing" public image is just that, an image. It's been said Liam was "super moody" and, in difficult times, took his frustrations out on Miley.
“Everyone always thinks Miley is problematic and immature and a hardcore partier while he’s this chill surfer dude, but that’s actually [not accurate],” a source also told PEOPLE. “Liam parties with his friends and Miley thinks he should’ve grown out of that by now.”
Since these allegations made headlines, a representative from Liam's camp hit back, claiming Miley's friends are intentionally using this as a coverup so the attention is taken away from supposed "infidelity" on the "Wrecking Ball" singer's behalf.