Miley Cyrus is about as far from traditional as you can get, so it’s no surprise that her marriage is a little different too. While there’s plenty of love between Cyrus and her husband Liam Hemsworth, they don’t follow the standard rules that many other marriages do. We wouldn’t expect anything less from the couple, but we’re all a little curious. Luckily, Cyrus recently took the time to explain her marriage to us, in the best way that she could.
How did Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth meet?
Cyrus met her future husband on the set of The Last Song, which they co-starred in together. Although they hit it off right away, Cyrus and Hemsworth had a lot of ups and downs in their relationship before they made it official. They had to go their separate ways for a time before they both realized they wanted to be together.
Even after they re-started their relationship, they still didn’t consider themselves ready for marriage. Until their house burnt down in the California wildfires. This was a turning point for the couple. They realized that life was too short, and they wanted marriage.
At the end of last year, Cyrus and Hemsworth tied the knot in a small ceremony at her Tennessee home. They kept it secret for a short time, before breaking the news to the world via social media.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have an untraditional marriage
In a recent interview with Elle, Cyrus went into detail about her untraditional marriage, and what it means for her. She doesn’t follow the normal rules for what you would consider a husband and wife. In fact, she doesn’t even like those words, preferring instead to use the term “partners.” That’s a word that Cyrus feels symbolizes her marriage very well. They’re partners in life. They protect each other and work together to achieve their goals.
“I made a partner decision,” Cyrus said of her marriage. “This is the person I feel has my back the most. I definitely don’t fit into a stereotypical wife role. I don’t even like that word.”
Her parents, Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus, were big role models for Cyrus growing up, and coming to terms with what she believes a marriage should be. “They were always partners,” she said about her parent’s marriage. “That’s why I like that word. “Husband and wife” sounds like a cigarette commercial from the ’50s to me.”
Gender norms are not a part of Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth’s marriage
Cyrus has long questioned gender norms, and like many people today, she doesn’t believe she fits into a gender binary. In fact, when speaking about her newest album, She Is Miley Cyrus, she went out of her way to explain that the word “She” in the album name, doesn’t represent a gender, but is instead a force of nature. So if you imagine Cyrus fitting into the image of a woman who cleans, and bakes for her man, you’d be dead wrong. In regards to her marriage and her frustrations around people understanding it, Cyrus added: “I mean, do people really think that I’m at home in a f**king apron cooking dinner?”
Another aspect that confuses people about Cyrus’ marriage, even after exchanging vows with a man, she doesn’t consider herself straight. Cyrus is a queer person. “I’m in a hetero relationship, but I still am very sexually attracted to women,” she said. “People become vegetarian for health reasons, but bacon is still f**king good, and I know that.”
Her marriage to Hemsworth may not fit what most people expect, but Cyrus understands that. She doesn’t expect most people to understand, and that’s okay with her. “I think it’s very confusing to people that I’m married,” Cyrus said. “But my relationship is unique. And I don’t know that I would ever publicly allow people in there because it’s so complex, and modern, and new that I don’t think we’re in a place where people would get it.”
Although their marriage isn’t traditional, it’s not any less valid. Our hope is that Cyrus and Hemsworth are able to live in a way that brings long-lasting happiness to them both.