After appearing together in “The Last Song” in 2010, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have been on and off again. Throughout the past years, however, they have consistently shown respect and love toward each other in interviews and on social media.
More recently, as an homage to their love, Miley Cyrus told Billboard her recent song “Malibu” was about her feelings for her fiance. And even more, in the last year, the couple has posted multiple romantic photos on Instagram. All this points to the conclusion that the couple is going strong.
Here are eight lessons Cyrus and Hemsworth’s relationship could teach regular couples.
Timing is everything in a relationship.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth broke up for almost three years before reconciling. And this was most likely in part due to the timing. For example, when they broke up in 2010, a source told E!, “Ever since she left for Detroit, Miley has been super focused on her work.Liam wanted more, but she’s 17 and has other priorities right now. He’s been a distraction.”
Sometimes it’s impossible to make your relationship a priority if you have other things going on in life and that’s OK.
Sometimes, taking a break is the best decision you can make for your relationship.
Deciding that you need a break from your current significant other can be a death sentence for many relationships, but sometimes what you need is to take a breather, figure yourself out, and then reevaluate whether or not you want to spend the rest of your life with this person – and after Hemsworth and Cyrus were given the chance to do that, they seem stronger than ever.
“I don’t like when relationships are two halves trying to make a whole. So, I don’t think that I have that co-dependency,” Cyrus told Howard Stern in 2017. “I think people that break up and get back together, that’s awesome. You get time to be yourself. You get time to grow up. I think if you’re growing up attached to another person, you never really get solid as your own being.”
It’s important to retain your individuality.
A long-term relationship is all about blending two separate lives into one, but that doesn’t mean you need to morph into the same person. You and your partner should retain your individual personalities and interests, even if what you like doesn’t necessarily line up with what they like, and it sounds like this is something that’s been key for Cyrus and Hemsworth.
“I think that’s what is wrong with a lot of relationships if you don’t have time to be able to be yourself,” Cyrus said during an appearance on the Zach Sang radio show in May 2017. “I just love that my dude doesn’t really make me do that. He gets to do his thing and I get to do my thing, and then he inspires cool music and gets me to go to the beach more than I ever would.”
Fully appreciate who your partner is.
“It really was an important part of my life and always will be,” Hemsworth said of their relationship in an interview with Men’s Fitness that took place while they were broken up in 2015. “She’s a free spirit. I think she’ll always surprise people with what she does, but she’s not a malicious person in any way. She’s a young girl who wants to do what she wants to do.”
Putting effort into your relationship is important.
It’s definitely not your responsibility to make sure your significant other is happy – and it’s not their job to do the same for you, either. But as Cyrus pointed out in a 2011 interview with Marie Claire, there are certainly benefits to be had in your relationship if you’re both putting in the same effort that you did when you first started dating.
“We’ve been together a really long time and I just know that this is what I want, you know, for my life,” she said. “So a lot of people I think, you know, say I can’t believe they’re getting married, it’s so young. But it’s like life is too short to not spend every moment making the person that makes you the happiest happy in return.”
Create a solid foundation of friendship.
People always say that being friends with your partner is important in any romantic relationship, and that’s because it’s the truth. And in Cyrus and Hemsworth’s case, that foundation of friendship might have been part of the reason they were eventually able to find their way back to each other, and for them, that started from the moment they met on the set of “The Last Song.”
“I’ve never gotten along with someone so well,” Cyrus said in a 2009 interview with Seventeen. “I was a little anxious about making this movie; I wanted everything to be perfect. To go on set and feel insecure was a totally new element for me. But he felt the same way. He admitted his insecurities, and it was really nice to have someone who understands me for once.”
Supporting each other is crucial.
Being that they both work in entertainment, Cyrus and Hemsworth understand what it takes to be successful in that field – and it seems like they’re always cheering each other on, too. When Cyrus’ album, “Younger Now” came out last year, Hemsworth shared his pride on Instagram along with a sweet message.
In 2012, Cyrus told Access Hollywood, “Liam deserves it [his success]. There are so many people out there that I think just don’t even know what he’s capable of, and I can’t wait until people see it because, you know, I’ve been around it for the past three years.”
Don’t forget to have fun together.
As Cyrus has revealed in the past, she and Hemsworth seem to be having a blast living together, in part because, as Cyrus told ELLE, they’re always pranking each other.
If you follow them on social media, you’ve probably seen Hemsworth scare Cyrus on more than one occasion, and this brings up another important relationship lesson: having fun with each other is so important. Life can easily bog you down, but these fun moments will create happy memories that get you through the tough times.
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