Miley Cyrus is keeping all the pets after her split with Liam Hemsworth – The Sun
ANIMAL lover Miley Cyrus will keep custody of all the pets she shared with estranged hubby Liam Hemsworth following their split.
The pair, who are divorcing after just seven months of marriage, have seven dogs, two horses, two mini horses, three cats and a pig.
And according to US website TMZ, the Slide Away singer, 26 – who is such an animal devotee, she even named her 2015 album, Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz – will keep the lot in her Californian home.
A source told the outlet: "If Liam wanted to put up a fight, he could in California because there's a new law that allows judges to determine which party is best suited to keep the pets.
"The judge puts a lot of weight on who cares for the animals. Judges even have the power to award joint custody of household pets.
"In this case, however, it's no contest. Miley's the one who gave almost all of the animals a home in the first place – mainly through adoption – and she's certainly passionate about them."
But while Liam, 29, won't challenge his ex keeping custody of their animals, it was him who saved their pets when wildfires destroyed their Malibu pad last year.
"Liam, I have never loved him more for this," she told The Howard Stern Show last December. "He was so incredible, he got all the animals out in his truck…"
While TMZ claims the pair's divorce settlement will be relatively clean and tidy because they had a pre-nup in place before they tied the knot last Christmas Eve, the split has played out in a painfully public manner.
Since Miley was pictured cavorting with Brody Jenner's ex Kaitlynn Carter following her shock separation from Liam, she has been dogged with rumours that drug use and infidelity were to blame for destroying her marriage.
After Liam filed for divorce on Wednesday, Miley took to her twitter account last night to defend herself against the whispers.
Miley wrote: "I can admit to a lot of things but I refuse to admit that my marriage ended because of cheating.
"Liam and I have been together for a decade. I’ve said it before & it remains true, I love Liam and always will."
She added: "BUT at this point I had to make a healthy decision for myself to leave a previous life behind.
"I am the healthiest and happiest I have been in a long time. You can say I am a twerking, pot smoking, foul mouthed hillbilly but I am not a liar."
"I am proud to say, I am simply in a different place from where i was when I was a younger."
The long rant – which she tweeted in 11 parts – began: "I can accept that the life I’ve chosen means I must live completely open and transparent with my fans who I love, and the public, 100% of the time.
"What I cannot accept is being told I’m lying to cover up a crime I haven’t committed. I have nothing to hide.
"It is no secret that I was into partying in my teens and early 20’s. I have not only smoked, but advocated for weed, I’ve experimented with drugs, my biggest song to date is about dancing on molly and snorting lines in the bathroom."
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