Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have broken up after less than a year of marriage, a representative for the singer has said.

The couple, who first met while filming 2010's The Last Song and dated on and off for years before tying the knot in December 2018, have decided it's best for them to go their separate ways so they can "focus on themselves and careers."

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"Liam and Miley have agreed to separate at this time," a representative for Cyrus told PEOPLE in a statement.

"Ever-evolving, changing as partners and individuals, they have decided this is what's best while they both focus on themselves and careers.

"They still remain dedicated parents to all of their animals they share while lovingly taking this time apart. Please respect their process and privacy."

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