For many millennial kids who dedicated their tween years to all things Disney Channel, Nick Jonas and Miley Cyrus were a true iconic pairing. They both emerged on Disney Channel around the same time and soon earned themselves the ship name of Niley. Not only was this a huge era for their hairstyles (Miley with her Hannah Montana wig and Nick with his curly mop), but it was also the time when they were truly first launched into the spotlight Disney-style. And what a time it was, indeed. In a recent interview, Nick was put in the hot seat and asked about his past with Miley – and turns out, the widely believed rumor that Miley's song "7 Things" is about him is actually true.
"I've heard that rumor," he said. "Never directly [heard it from her], but she's wearing a dog tag in this thing that I gave her when I was 14 or something. I was actually kind of flattered, to be honest. It's there forever, and I know it's about me."
The dog tag, Nick? UM, what about the photo of you that she put tape over? That kind of gave it away too, one might say.
Now, let us relive their journey.
Did Nick Jonas and Miley Cyrus ever admit to dating?
Yes, but not until after they were dunzo. The Jo Bros are the first to admit this now – but back in the day, they kept their relationships super private. Like, lock your lips and throw away the key kind of private. During their peak era of fame, they would literally be asked point blank if they were dating, and they'd just start blabbing about something else. Nick even recently admitted to making Selena Gomez walk 25 feet behind him in central park once, but their relationship is a whole different story. In our v detailed comprehensive breakdown of the OG Disney Channel squad, we explained the whole love triangle – but we digress. Back to Miley.
So yeah, the boys' media training may have been on point, but they sure weren't fooling anybody. Nick and Miley were very much a couple, and it was a pretty well-known fact. While they didn't openly discuss it during their time dating, Miley explained how they met in her 2009 book Miles to Go – except she called Nick "Prince Charming." You know, to be mysterious.
When did Miley Cyrus and Nick Jonas start dating?
Miley revealed in her book that she and ~the prince~ met on June 11, 2006 at a charity event filled with Disney Channel stars.
"Hannah Montana had only been on the air for a few months when I went to a benefit for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. I remember the exact date, June 11 2006. It was the day I met my first love," she wrote. "I knew from a friend that he thought I was pretty. He came up to me with a bunch of guy friends and introduced himself. Instantly, I wanted them all to go away just to be with him. He started to shake my hand, and I said 'I don't do handshakes, I do hugs.' When he hugged me, I noticed his scratchy shirt and I blurted out: 'I hate your shirt!' So that was the first thing I said to him: 'I hate your shirt.'"
When did Nick Jonas and Miley Cyrus break up?
Nick and Miley ended up splitting towards the end of Miley's The Best of Both Worlds tour, where the Jonas Brothers served as her opening act.
Miley shared in her book, "Prince Charming and I broke up on December 19, 2007. The hardest day ever. My life felt like it had ground to a halt, but the rest of the world kept right on rolling. I was on tour. People were counting on me, but my head – no, my heart – was dizzy."
She remained in a funk for a while after their split.
"At first I bawled for a month straight. I was so sad. I just went into this weird funk. And I dyed my hair black. When we were dating, Nick wanted me to get highlights – and so I did that, and I got myself looking great. And then, on the day we broke up, I was like, I want to make my hair black now – I don’t want to look pretty; I want to look hard-core. I was rebelling against everything Nick wanted me to be. And then I was like, I've got to be by myself for now, and just figure out who I really am," she spilled in an interview with Seventeen.
Were their first kisses with each other?
"The first person I kissed was Miley Cyrus, and I kissed her outside of California Pizza Kitchen in Hollywood – very romantic," said in an interview with BBC's Radio 1. "I'd just had a pizza that had onions all over it. I'm sure that my breath smelled terrible."
Nick wasn't Miley's first boyfriend though – she low-key dated Dylan Sprouse for a short period of time too – like, a day.
Dylan said in an interview, "We met on her set, I believe and we dated. And then Nick Jonas walked by and then it was over."
Is Nick Jonas' "Wedding Bells" about Miley?
In Wired's "Nick Jonas Answers the Web's Most Searched Questions" video, Nick answered this very frequently searched question. And tbh, he wasn't even hesitant to admit it. "It was, so yeah. There you go," he casually confessed.
Are Nick Jonas and Miley Cyrus still friends?
Nick has publicly supported Miley's song "Malibu", along with sharing that he was jamming out to "The Climb" not to long ago. While you most likely won't catch them hanging out, he's previously admitted there's no bad blood.
"I don't have a relationship with her now really, but that's not because we have any bad blood—we just sort of run in different circles," he said. "It's pretty great, because I love 'Wrecking Ball' so much. I still think its one of the best pop songs of the last 10 years. And you know, she's always been outspoken and authentic to who she is, so it was only a matter of time before she really owned that, and I'm proud of her... It's a lot like watching your high school crush do well, just on a bigger scale."
Precious. And after the 2018 Grammy Awards both stars attended, Nick just had to leave Miley some love on Instagram dropping a simple red heart in the comments of one of the pics she posted from the evening.
Ah, young love. Never quite leaves you after all.
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This post was originally posted on Jan. 18, 2018 and has since been updated.