Is Liam Hemsworth Going to Be OK?

Liam Hemsworth will eventually be OK, but right now, he’s hurting from his split with Miley Cyrus, to whom he had been married for less than a year. Cyrus will continue on with her music and her headline-generating ways, while Hemsworth will keep making movies, although that presents issues of its own. 

Cyrus and Hemsworth have both struggled with identity issues, with Cyrus trying to break free of her Hannah Montana image while Hemsworth is known as Chris’ younger brother who isn’t as big a deal.

Liam had The Hunger Games, but Chris has Marvel.

Few doubt Cyrus will bounce back from this, but can Hemsworth?

Why did Cyrus and Hemsworth split?

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Liam Hemsworth | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Cyrus’ camp announced the initial split, after which Cyrus was seen making out with Kaitlynn Carter, star of The Hills. Cyrus has made no secret of her pansexuality, but it was Hemsworth who actually filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.

According to Vanity Fair, he has been spending time with Chris looking “visibly downtrodden.”

Of course, this isn’t the first time the couple has separated. After meeting on the Nicholas Sparks movie The Last Song, the pair had an on-again, off-again relationship. Earlier this year, they tried to make the on-again stick by tying the knot, but the buzz is that Hemsworth wanted to settle down with kids, and settling isn’t Cyrus’ strong suit. 

Hemsworth, still reeling from the split, told the Daily Mail, “You don’t understand what it’s like … I don’t want to talk about it, mate.”

Cyrus, however, does

Cyrus tells her side of the story

Cyrus posted on Twitter about the breakup, denying that cheating had anything to do with it, although she had been guilty of that in past relationships. Saying she had nothing to hide, Cyrus admitted her wild antics had cost her in the past, but she also stated:

“I can accept that the life I’ve chosen means I must live completely open and transparent with my fans who I love, and the public, 100% of the time. What I cannot accept is being told I’m lying to cover up a crime I haven’t committed.”

Although she was defiant, Cyrus also struck a conciliatory note, tweeting, “Liam and I have been together for a decade. I’ve said it before & it remains true, I love Liam and always will.”

Where will Hemsworth go from here?

It may not be right or fair to call Hemsworth, “Mr. Miley Cyrus,”  but it also tended to be true that if his name came up in the news, it was associated with her. He has the Hunger Games movies under his belt, but movies like Independence Day: Resurgence and Isn’t It Romantic with Rebel Wilson haven’t made much of a dent in the public consciousness.

As a result, if Hemsworth is not known as “Mr. Miley Cyrus” he is known as “Chris’ brother.” And even Chris struggles to have a hit movie if he’s not playing Thor. Liam hasn’t forged much of an identity on his own, always seeming to labor in someone else’s shadow, whether it’s his brother’s or Cyrus’.

The Hemsworth/Cyrus relationship has been so volatile that it’s impossible to completely rule out yet another reconciliation. Still, with divorce papers filed, it may be difficult if not impossible to close that Pandora’s box. 

Vanity Fair notes that Hemsworth’s despondence probably plays better with Middle America than Cyrus’ wild child persona, although Cyrus has made it clear that she does what she wants. Hemsworth may not have that much liberty. 

Cyrus says she has grown up, although some cynical observers may dispute that. Hemsworth, meanwhile, will be looking to find a way to grow out from those who take up most of the energy in the room.