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Well look who's having the last song, er, laugh?
Not that Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are actually laughing at anybody, but it's starting to seem as if they're the mature ones who've got it all figured out, and those lovey-dovey duos who've been together for years on end...
Could learn a thing or two from this not-so-odd-anymore couple.
In paying tribute to Muhammad Ali over the weekend, as millions of people did on social media, Hemsworth posted a pic of both him and Cyrus with the iconic athlete that was taken many years ago, judging by his fiancée's pre-2013 hairdo. And we realized that was the first pic of Cyrus on his Instagram!
Of course, we're also zeroing in on the sweet sentiment in the caption: "I'll never forget the day we met the toughest man on the planet. RIP champ."
Such a familiar, easy use of the collective "we." Miley and I = we. Then and now.
Hemsworth has only been on Instagram for less than a year, but still...some guys' pages would have filled right up with significant-other pics.
And the same goes for Miley (who shared the same pic in tribute to Ali), who is a much more prolific user of social media than her fiancé. Her whole devil-may-care vibe while she and Hemsworth were broken up indicated that she didn't care who knew what and when... But she's obviously treating this relationship with utmost care.
None of this is to say that being all over social media would be a bad sign (though a lot of flash-in-the-pan couples, celebrity or otherwise, often have a social media presence that outweighs their actual connection), but the way in which Hemsworth and Cyrus got back together and then simultaneously retreated into low-key mode is making us think that they may have this celebrity-relationship thing down.
This fierce hold on their privacy seems especially poignant in the wake of Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama's breakup after almost six years together, a development they simultaneously announced on Friday.
Now there's a couple whose engagement we were fairly certain we'd be celebrating before any split. Alas, it wasn't to be, despite the pile of evidence that they were just the most romantic, devoted duo...evidence largely from social media, that is.
We don't know yet what else besides their supposed mutual revelation that they're better off as "best friends" led to their breakup, and only time will tell whether it's for good or not, but Twitter and Instagram certainly weren't telling the whole story.
Meanwhile, another feather in Hemsworth and Cyrus' thinking cap is that they've already weathered a long break. They haven't been off and on for the past seven years, but rather, after a brief split in 2010, took a couple of years off (minus the occasional path-crossing, but they both saw other people) starting in fall 2013 before reuniting-with-ring early this year.
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But aside from rocking her diamond engagement ring from time to time, Cyrus has stayed uncharacteristically silent about her private life—that is, after getting her message across loud and clear during those aforementioned two years that she was in the practice of living life as she damn well pleased. In fact, Hemsworth seems like the chatty one compared to her, though that's not really saying much considering how not into sharing he is, either.
"Of course it was hard, man. But at the time we were going in different directions and it's just what needed to happen," the 26-year-old actor briefly reflects on their breakup in the June/July 2016 issue of GQ Australia.
The Independence Day: Resurgence star once lied to the media's face about his engagement being back on in order to avoid the probing questions that always follow such news—and we're taking that as proof of the lengths they're willing to go to protect the always-fragile nature of a relationship that thousands of people are keeping tabs on.
About Cyrus he told GQ, "I guess when I feel something, then I just feel it and I go for it. I make my decisions about what's going to make me happy, what I think is right and what I want to do—and I don't worry too much outside of that." (Aha, put that in the column of a majorly important value that he and Miley share!)
And about just how serious they are, he also said, per the mag, "People will figure it out, they already have...They're not dumb."
But he and Cyrus are in on this together, keeping a low profile and maintaining an insular circle, one largely composed of family members. Moreover, they tend to operate more freely in public when they're far, far away in Hemsworth's native Australia.
Such devotion to each other, combined with such disregard for what anyone thinks about them—and laced with their refusal to share what makes them tick with inquiring minds— sounds like a recipe for success that they've tasted and found quite to their liking.