Miley Cyrus love tattoo ear

Can you hear her now? Miley shows off her new "Love" ear tattoo. Photo: Splash News

Did you hear? Miley Cyrus is in love -- and she's got a new tattoo to prove it!

The 17-year-old star -- who seems hell-bent on shedding her squeaky-clean "Hannah Montana" image -- was spotted with the word "LOVE" tattooed on the inside of her right ear as she traveled through Los Angeles airport with beau Liam Hemsworth, the Daily Mail reports.

It's the teen queen's second (known) ink job -- she also has "Just Breathe" written across her ribs, says the newspaper -- and her latest attempt show that she's all grown up.

Last month, Cyrus released her "Can't Be Tamed" video, which showed her caressing herself in a $25,000 corset and grinding against her backup dancers. That same month, she wore a scanty leotard at a May 29 music festival in Portugal and, two days later, teetered on 7-inch Christian Louboutin heels while flashing her black bra in Spain.

She continued the controversy this month by faking same-sex kisses on TV and at London's G-A-Y nightclub, where she wore a cut-out mini dress. And just last week, she shot a new video in a see-through sundress.

Addressing the criticism surrounding her clothing, Cyrus reportedly told the AP, "I'm not trying to be 'slutty.' I'm not trying to be like, go to the club and get a bunch of guys... What I'm trying to do is to make a point with my record and look consistent, in the way my record sounds and the way I dress."

And yes, that sometimes means wearing skimpy attire.

"I'm really comfortable with my body," she explained. "I work really hard to be fit and to know that I can wear whatever makes me most comfortable. I feel more comfortable dressing with a little less, which is just how I've always been."

Why do we get the feeling she'll be sporting tattoo sleeves in the very near future?

In related news, read who influenced Cyrus's latest looks.

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