Since her debut, Katy Perry’s career has undoubtedly undergone many levels of evolution, but her breakout song, “I Kissed A Girl,” will remain at the forefront of her catalog of hits. Continuing a career that’s also undergone evolution via reinvention, backed up by considerable talent, Miley Cyrus just dropped her latest single, “Malibu,” and answered a very important question, we’ve all been pondering since 2008. The mystery is unshrouded: Cyrus announced Perry’s 2008 hit was actually a tribute to her.

Though speculation had once pointed Perry’s anthem as a reference to Scarlett Johansson, Cyrus spoke to 103.5 KTU’s Cubby and Carolina in the Morning show this past Tuesday, May 16, as she is currently heavily hitting the circuit promoting her long-awaited new album. When asked which pop star Cyrus admires, she noted Perry, stating they are about to celebrate their 10-year friendiversary. She then excitedly goes to explain the trajectory of their friendship, throwing in fact that Perry’s song was about her, after having been Perry’s guest to the VMAs. Cyrus recollected, “When she came out with ‘I Kissed a Girl,’ I was doing the Hannah Montana movie, and I heard her on the radio. They said, 'Who did you write that about?’ She said me! And I was on a four wheeler, actually – my dad had this four wheeler, this is how hillbilly we are, we had a radio attached to the four wheeler – and I heard it and I screamed, and started freaking out.“

Watch the entire interview here.

While “Malibu” offers a clean, optimistic outlook, Cyrus seems to be muting her wild-child ways, going so far as to embrace sobriety and leaving behind her affinity for weed, something tells us she will continue to provoke, shock, challenge and speak her mind while encouraging dialogue about various issues.

Flashback to 2008 with Perry’s breakout video, which features a pre-fame Kesha.