Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are probably the most closely watched celebrity couple at the moment. Many fans consider their relationship a testimony of true love being able to survive all trials. They have been through everything that a couple can go through to prove the enduring nature of their love.
Cyrus was only 16 and Hemsworth 19 when they met as co-stars on the set of the romantic drama The Last Song in June 2009. Cyrus played the role of a rebellious teenage girl by the name of Veronica Miller, while Hemsworth played the role of Will Blakelee, a popular teenage volleyball player. Through it all, the real-life Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth got caught up in the onscreen romance of their characters.
The fact that their relationship survived so many ups and downs, and multiple breakups and reconciliations is remarkable. Their love was even strong enough to survive more than two years of heartbreaking separation, from September 2013 to January 2016, after which they reunited and got engaged a second time.
With some hindsight, we have to agree with Cyrus' assessment that their breakup in September 2013 was for the best. It was necessary to allow them to grow and come to better appreciate the privilege of their relationship.
Here are 20 Interesting Facts About Liam Hemsworth And Miley Cyrus’ Relationship.
20 Miley Cyrus Used To Wear A Purity Ring
During her Disney Channel days, Miley Cyrus was one of several teen stars, including the Jonas Brothers (Nick, Joe and Kevin), and Jessica Simpson, who wore purity rings and openly talked about their commitment to abstinence. Cyrus once bragged in a 2008 interview with TV Guide that The Bible was her how-to guide to life and that she liked to think of herself as the girl that no one can get.
The Hannah Montana star admitted that many of the girls in her group were betraying their promise to wait until marriage, but she was determined to abstain. However, by 2012, Cyrus had ditched her purity ring and reportedly declared that parents need to be open with their kids about physical intimacy, which she described as beautiful and magical.
19 How they fell for each other
Sources close to the couple said that their relationship started in June 2009, and that they fell in love while playing movie characters -- Veronica Miller (Miley Cyrus) and Will Blakelee (Liam Hemsworth) -- who also fell in love.
Cyrus and Hemsworth met in 2009 on the set of Nicholas Sparks’ movie adaptation of The Last Song.
Cyrus and Hemsworth were very young at the time. Cyrus, who rose to fame playing the leading role in Disney's TV series Hannah Montana (2006-2011), was only 16 and Hemsworth 19. Many fans believe Cyrus and Hemsworth fell in love while playing the leading roles in the romantic movie partly because they shared so much in common with the characters they were portraying. It was easy for them, as impressionable youngsters, to become caught up in their onscreen roles in real life.
18 They Denied their relationship at first
At first, Cyrus and Hemsworth refused to confirm media rumors about their relationship. Cyrus insisted in an interview with Seventeen magazine that Hemsworth was only her best friend, and added that even if they had a relationship they wanted to keep it private. But the pair could not hide the strong chemistry between them. They eventually made their debut as a couple, and confirmed they were dating, when they walked the red carpet together in March 2010 during the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Party.
Cyrus also told Seventeen magazine: "Any type of relationship that we have, we will always just keep it private... First and foremost, we are best friends." Later in the same month, Cyrus and Hemsworth walked the red carpet together for their movie The Last Song. Cyrus was 17 at the time, and Hemsworth 20.
17 They Broke Up Twice In 2010
After they confirmed their romance in March 2010, they launched almost immediately into troubled waters. Multiple media reports claimed in August 2010 that they had broken up, and blamed it vaguely on Cyrus' work schedule. They were seen together again in September, but in November, a source allegedly close to the couple told E! magazine they were on a time out.
They were not seen together in public again until April 2011, when sources claimed they were taking it slow.
However, in December 2011, Hemsworth and Cyrus attended the CNN Heroes Gala in L.A. together. They also attended the Vanity Fair Oscar party together in March 2012. Many fans believed that the ups and downs of their relationship were due to the fact that they were very young, and that they needed time for their love to mature.
16 Previous BFs Inspired Her "Can't Be Tamed" Album
Cyrus revealed in June 2010 that Hemsworth was largely the inspiration for her third studio album Can't Be Tamed (2010). She told MTV News that many of the songs in her album were about Hemsworth. She also revealed that Hemsworth liked "Permanent December" from the album which was released in June 2010 by Hollywood Records.
Cyrus went on to admit that the album also had songs inspired by previous boyfriends, but she declined to confirm which of the songs referenced her previous relationships.
Cyrus is known to have had relationships with singer Nick Jonas and singer/actor Justin Gaston before she met Hemsworth. But she insisted in interviews that she was too young when she was with Jonas and Gaston, and that the relationships were not serious. For instance, she was only 12 when she and Nick supposedly dated.
15 They First Denied Their Engagement
Rumors that Cyrus and Hemsworth were engaged emerged in 2012 soon after they attended the Los Angeles premiere of The Hunger Games together. Many fans noticed that Cyrus was wearing a diamond ring that looked like an engagement ring, but she denied the rumors that she was engaged to Hemsworth. In a tweet on March 26, 2012, she explained that she had worn the ring on her finger since the previous November and accused people of looking for something to talk about.
However, a few months later in June 2012, the couple announced their engagement.
Cyrus said in an interview with People magazine that she was so happy to be engaged to Hemsworth, and that she looked forward to a happy life with him. She posted an image to social media of herself wearing her engagement ring, a Neil Lane 3.5 carat diamond ring.
14 Cyrus Was Accused Of Cheating
Breakup rumors began circulating soon after Cyrus caused a stir on the internet in August 2012, by cutting her hair and sporting a platinum blonde pixie cut.
The couple was photographed during a vacation in Costa Rica in January 2013. In February, rumors emerged that Cyrus had cheated on Hemsworth with the English actor Ed Westwick, who starred as Chuck Bass in the TV series Gossip Girl (2007-2012). Cyrus reacted to the rumors on February 8, 2013 - she insisted she had never been with Westwick in her life. Her denial had no effect, however, and breakup rumors intensified after she was reportedly spotted on multiple occasions without her engagement ring.
Cyrus tried to push back against the rumors in March by posting an image to social media showing her wearing the ring, and later in June the couple was spotted together for the first time in five months.
13 Cyrus Regretted Twerking At The VMAs
The breakup rumors intensified further in August after Cyrus' twerking performance with Robin Thicke at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. The bizarre incident, which shocked viewers around the world, happened while Thicke performed Blurred Lines. Miley Cyrus wore a revealing outfit, and rubbed her body against Thicke while sticking out her tongue.
She later appeared to express regret in an interview with Harper's Bazaar in 2017.
She admitted that her action was motivated by her desire to assert her freedom as a woman, but after the performance she realized she did not want it to define her public image. She also seemed to apologize to her dad in a tweet on August 17, 2017, four years after the infamous performance.
12 Cyrus' Twerking At The VMAs Led To Their Breakup
Rumors of an impending breakup were eventually confirmed in September 2013, when Cyrus unfollowed Hemsworth on Twitter, and a close source confirmed that she and Hemsworth had called off their engagement. Shortly after they made their breakup official, Hemsworth was spotted canoodling with the Mexican actress Eiza Gonzáles.
Hemsworth would later explain, in a 2016 interview with GQ Australia, that they had to break up because both of them were going in different directions. He added that although the decision was hard, it was the best thing to do at the time because both of them were very young.
Media reports claimed that Hemsworth had felt disgusted by Cyrus' raunchy VMA performance and lost all interest in their relationship. Cyrus released her album Bangerz in October 2013. The album, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, featured hits such as "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball".
11 Cyrus Broke Down During Performance Of "Wrecking Ball"
During her first live performance of "Wrecking Ball" at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on September 21, 2013, following her break up with Liam Hemsworth, Cyrus broke down in tears. Her emotion as she performed the song -- widely rumored to be about her relationship with Hemsworth -- appeared so genuine that fans speculated that she broke down in tears because the lyrics of the song reminded her of Hemsworth.
Cyrus later admitted her tears were genuine, but claimed she cried because of her dog recently passing away.
Cyrus was referring to her dog Lila, a Yorkshire terrier she adopted in 2011 that passed away in December 2012. However, many fans were skeptical of her claim that her tears were for the dog which died the previous year.
10 She Loved Her Life After Breaking Up With Hemsworth
In October 2013, Cyrus told Cosmopolitan in an interview published in the magazine's December 2013 issue that, contrary to what many fans thought, her life after breaking up with Hemsworth was proving to be the best time of her life. She admitted she was upset about it, but said she had moved on, and had stopped dwelling on it. She added that, although the breakup was painful, it needed to happen because both of them needed time to grow before taking a mature decision about their future together.
It was also reported in July 2014 that Liam Hemsworth told friends that he and Cyrus remained best friends despite breaking up, but when he was asked about Cyrus later in October 2014, he declined to comment.
9 Cyrus Sought Comfort From Hemsworth After Her Breakup
In November 2014, just over a year after she broke up with Hemsworth, Cyrus started dating Patrick Schwarzenegger.
They broke up in April 2015 following rumors that Schwarzenegger was cheating on Cyrus with a college girlfriend.
Although fans assumed that the breakup was spurred by pictures showing Schwarzenegger getting cozy with another girl, subsequent reports suggested that a major factor in the break up might have been an ongoing reconnection between Cyrus and Hemsworth. Media reports in April 2015 claimed that she secretly communicated with Hemsworth during her short-lived romance with Schwarzenegger, and that their texting often got a little flirty.
Multiple reports claimed that Miley sought comfort from Liam Hemsworth immediately after breaking up with Schwarzenegger, and had dinner with him at Soho House in WeHo.
8 Cyrus Announced She Was Gender Fluid
At the time Cyrus broke up with Schwarzenegger, fans paid little attention to reports that she was secretly communicating with Hemsworth while dating Schwarzenegger, and that she had dinner with Hemsworth days after the breakup. The public instead focused on Cyrus' announced that she had dated women in the past.
Cyrus revealed in interviews for the launch of her pro-LGBTQ Happy Hippie Foundation in May 2015, that she was gender fluid and that she'd had relationships with women. She also told Paper magazine that she was open to every single thing that is consenting, and doesn't involve an animal or anyone underaged.
She was spotted kissing Victoria's Secret model Stella Maxwell in July 2015. A photo posted to Instagram earlier in April showed Miley Cyrus cuddling up to model Cara Delevingne. Another April 2013 photo showed her kissing model Frankie Rayder at a party.
7 Cyrus And Hemsworth Reunion
Although Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth had reportedly been communicating before she broke up with Schwarzenegger, close watchers of the couple began paying attention to the evidence that the two were reconnecting in October 2015. News emerged in November 2015 that Cyrus had helped Hemsworth adopt a new dog, and that she was vacationing with Chris Hemsworth's wife, Elsa Pataky. Cyrus was also spotted on the Instagram account of Hemsworth's family members and their close friends.
In January 2016, Cyrus posted a photo showing what many thought was her 3.5 carat Neil Lane diamond engagement ring.
Sources close to the couple soon confirmed they were back together and engaged again. The sources added that Cyrus was happy and ecstatic to be back together with Hemsworth. In April 2016, the two were seen in public together for the first time since they broke up.
6 Cyrus Compared Their Relationship To A Trip On A Concord Jet
During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in September 2017, Cyrus compared intimate relations with Liam Hemsworth to a trip on a Concord jet. The show host Ellen DeGeneres had asked her personal questions about her relationship with Liam Hemsworth during the "Lady Time" segment of the show. Although, she demurred at first, saying that her grandma was in the studio, she spilled the beans. When DeGeneres asked whether that meant it was "fast," she answered "Yeah, I'm good."
Cyrus' response appeared to confirm previous statements by various sources that her and Hemsworth's chemistry had improved since their reunion. Many fans also remarked that her response was a welcome departure from her past unwillingness to talk about her personal relations with Hemsworth.
5 Hemsworth's Parents Didn't Approve Of The Marriage
Since Cyrus and Hemsworth reunited in January 2016, rumors have been whirling and fans have been speculating about the timing of their wedding.
There were also rumors that the delay in their wedding was due to some members of the Hemsworth family having doubts about Cyrus.
Although Cyrus' parents approved of Liam Hemsworth and were looking forward to their wedding, Hemsworth's parents were nervous about Cyrus. Sources revealed that Hemsworth's parents thought Miley Cyrus was not marriage material because of her past outrageous behavior, such as her infamous 2013 VMA performance, and her history of substance use. Sources also revealed that Hemsworth's older brother, Chris, allegedly shared his parents’ doubts about Cyrus. Although he treated her politely, Chris allegedly thought Cyrus was too wild for his mild-mannered brother, and disapproved of her potty mouth.
4 Cyrus' Older Brother Was Not A fan
It wasn't only members of Hemsworth's family who doubted the match. Sources claimed that Cyrus' older brother Trace, who is a vocalist and bassist for the band Metro Station, did not approve. Trace, who is said to be close to Cyrus and extremely protective of his sister, was allegedly not impressed with Liam Hemsworth because he thought he was lazy and unfit to marry his sister.
However, other sources have contested the claim, saying it was largely based on rumors that no reliable sources close to the family have confirmed. Alleged sources insisted that Miley Cyrus tried very hard to convince her brother to accept Hemsworth. Regardless, the two had been dating for a number of years now, and planned to continue with their engagement.
3 Cyrus Was Committed To Turning Her Life Around
Cyrus made efforts to win over the Hemsworth family. She reportedly committed to turning her life around and to stop her wild partying lifestyle, stop her substance abuse, and work to forge a closer relationship with her in-laws. According to sources close to Cyrus, she has tried to convince her in-laws that her past indiscretions were part of the coming-of-age phase of her life that she's moved on from.
Cyrus revealed in a May 2017 interview with Billboard magazine that she had stopped her partying ways.
Sources also revealed that Hemsworth's mother, Leonie Hemsworth, has since softened her stance on Cyrus. After noticing positive changes, she now believes Miley Cyrus is serious about turning her life around.
2 Elsa Pataky Played A Part In Cyrus' Acceptance Within The Hemsworths
Sources close to the Hemsworths claimed that the Spanish actress, Elsa Pataky, played a key role in winning over Hemsworth's mother, Leonie Hemsworth. According to a source, Pataky and Cyrus are close, and Pataky supported Cyrus' efforts to convince Leonie that she was committed to building a stable life and future with Hemsworth.
According to media reports, Pataky's support for Cyrus helped her gain the acceptance of her future in-laws. Pataky praised Cyrus during an interview while attending the L.A. premiere of 12 Strong on January 16, 2018, with her husband, Chris, who played Captain Mitch Nelson in the movie. Pataky said she and her children, the 2-year-old twins Tristan and Sasha, and 5-year-old India Rose, love Cyrus. She added that other members of the Hemsworth family also love her because she is creative and fun to be with.
1 The Secrecy About Their Wedding Sparked Rumors
Fans have been anxiously anticipating the official announcement of Cyrus and Hemsworth's wedding since she posted an image to social media of herself wearing her Neil Lane engagement ring. Although they appear ready to tie the knot, the secrecy surrounding the details of the timing and plans for the wedding has led to speculation.
There were rumors that the couple has already secretly wed, which first emerged in 2017 after Cyrus was reportedly spotted wearing what looked like a wedding ring. But sources close to Cyrus denied the rumors. The sources said Cyrus was considering many alternative plans, and was sharing information about her plans only with close friends and relatives. Other sources alleged she was considering an intimate ranch-style wedding that recalls her country roots.
Regardless, the plans will be made public at the right time, the sources said.
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