How Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's plans for a top secret wedding were spoiled.

It was meant to be a “top secret” wedding.

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth had made a point of keeping the ceremony small – only close friends and family – and telling them strictly no photos.

Yet when the pair tied the knot at their home in Tennessee on December 23, within just a few hours, the world knew all about it.

So who messed up?

Well, the Malibu singer’s sister Brandi Cyrus has explained exactly what happened, on her podcast Your Favorite Thing with Wells & Brandi.

Brandi told listeners that the “no photos” message was drilled into the “small, tight-knit” group of guests, who included just a few of Liam’s closest friends and Miley’s best friend Jessie.

“Even with family and close friends, they still made a point to say, ‘Hey guys, this is a private thing for a reason. We love you all, but please don’t take photos’,” Brandi said.

“I think because it was just so few of us, they just assumed everyone would be smart enough to know [not to post about the wedding].”


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But one of Liam’s friends, pro surfer Conrad Carr, somehow missed the message.

“I didn’t really ask what happened, but I think from what he said, no one told him not to post about it, so he didn’t know,” Brandi said.

So he, like any wedding guest these days, shared some photos – particularly one of Miley and Liam cutting their wedding cake, which tipped the media off big time that a wedding had gone down.

It was still considered speculation until Miley confirmed the wedding herself with a series of photos of her in her Vivienne Westwood gown slow dancing with Liam in his tux.

Brandi said Conrad “feels really bad” for announcing the news before the couple was ready, but thankfully Miley “doesn’t really care”.


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Brandi’s co-host Wells Adams, who is also a friend of the family, said many reactions he saw were from people who had actually assumed the pair were already married.

Which we kind of understand, given that Miley’s big sister confirmed that Liam has been wearing a ring that Miley gave him on his own left hand “for years”.

The pair met and fell in love on the set of The Last Song in 2009 and were engaged in 2012. But in 2013 they called off their engagement, reuniting about two years later. By mid-2016 Miley was wearing an engagement ring again.