In a recent TikTok, Cyrus looked back on the performance as part of her ongoing “Used To Be Young” video series, which she launched last month in celebration of her new single of the same name. She and the “Positions” pop star recorded their cover of “Don’t Dream It’s Over” in 2015 to benefit Cyrus’ Happy Hippie Foundation, dressed in adorable animal onesies and singing with a live band.
“I was flirting with her, and she was a little scared,” Cyrus said, watching footage from the performance on an iPad. “We were having fun!”
In the video, the “Flowers” musician — still sporting her trademark Bangerz era pixie cut — tells a slightly flustered Grande that she looks cute in her onesie, causing the two to miss one of their entrances. “Sorry, I was flirting!” Cyrus, then 22 years old, tells the band.
Two years later, Cyrus and Grande would perform the same duet at the latter pop star’s One Love Manchester event, which raised funds for victims and families affected by the terrorist bombing attacks at Grande’s 2017 Manchester Arena concert.
“Ariana’s a real friend,” Cyrus added in her “Used To Be Young” video. “There’s never been a time where I’ve asked her to do something that was important to me that she didn’t come through. And same thing for me with her.”
Afterward, Grande reposted the video onto her own Instagram Story and called Cyrus “my sweet.” “Love you always @mileycyrus,” continued the R.E.M. Beauty founder. “we #usedtobeyoung !!!!”
The pair’s 2015 duet is one of many career highlights Cyrus has reflected on for “Used To Be Young,” with the Black Mirror alum also touching on her brutal Hannah Montana era work schedule, her surprisingly successful debut single “See You Again,” and that one photo of her with Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato that she hilariously says should’ve been fans’ first sign that she’s bisexual.
Watch Miley’s TikTok below: