Miley Cyrus and Kaitlynn Carter are back in the Golden State!
On Wednesday, the pals were spotted driving around Los Angeles together, shortly after returning from their Italian getaway near Lake Como.
A newly single Cyrus, 26, was behind the wheel, wearing a gray T-shirt with her blonde locks down loosely by her shoulders, while Carter, 30 — who recently announced her split from husband Brody Jenner — sat in the passenger seat and sported a pair of sunglasses.
Their outing comes just a few days after the stars were photographed showing some major public displays of affection, as they cuddled and kissed poolside in Italy.
A source previously told PEOPLE that Cyrus and Carter spent several days at the il Sereno Hotel near Lake Como, along with Cyrus’ older sister Brandi.
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Despite Cyrus and Carter’s intimate interactions over the weekend, the source noted that the pair have mutual friends in common and are “just having fun” together.
Cyrus “wasn’t introducing Kaitlynn as her girlfriend,” the source told PEOPLE. “She only called Kaitlynn her friend.”
“They were with other friends, spent time by the pool and enjoyed a boat tour on the lake,” the source continued. “Everyone seemed very happy. They were in a party mood, had cocktails and seemed to have a great time.”
“Miley seemed especially great. She was very happy and laughing a lot. You could tell she had fun. She was very close with Kaitlynn,” the source added.
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Hours before Cyrus and Carter were spotted kissing, Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth announced their breakup in a statement shared exclusively to PEOPLE.
Cyrus also shared multiple photos of herself in Italy without her 3.5-carat cushion-cut diamond engagement ring and wedding band earlier in the day.
“Liam and Miley have agreed to separate at this time,” a rep for Cyrus said. “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.”
An insider told PEOPLE the pair actually split months ago, while multiple sources agreed that Cyrus’ public displays of affection with Carter are partly because the singer is hurting from her breakup.
“She’s genuinely trying to have fun and put on a good face,” said a source close to Cyrus. “Yes, she’s trying to push Liam’s buttons whether she’ll admit it or not, but she’s hurt.”
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