Miley Cyrus Calls Liam Hemsworth Her "Survival Partner"

And the reason behind it makes total sense

Updated 12/16/18

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The way Miley Cyrus defines her relationship with Liam Hemsworth doesn't quite fit with any of the predetermined options on Facebook. Instead of calling her beau "boyfriend," "fiancé," or "husband," she calls him her "survival partner," and the reason behind it makes total sense.

On a recent appearance on The Howard Stern Show, Stern asked Cyrus if Liam was her fiancé, and her response introduced us to an entirely new phrase in the dating vernacular. "Kind of, ish. [He's] my partner," Cyrus replied. "I call him my survival partner now. And he thinks it's not romantic, but I learned that that is why you pair up with someone—for survival."

The couple dated for the first time in 2010, were engaged in 2012, and split up in 2013 before reuniting and getting engaged for a second time in 2018. And through all of their ups and downs, the "Nothing Breaks Like a Heart" singer revealed that she has "never loved [Liam] more," than when he saved their menagerie of animals from the fire that burned down their Malibu home last month.

The star of The Hunger Games got four horses, two pigs, seven dogs and three cats into his truck and drove them to safety in the midst of the recent California wildfires. "He got a lot of action for saving the animals...Yeah, he got a lot of action," Cyrus said of the heroic move. "We had to make sure he knew I was very, very grateful."

Considering their current relationship status, the couple is in no hurry to tie the knot any time soon. "Miley and Liam are totally in love and are so happy living together," a source told Entertainment Tonight in November. "They are not married but often laugh at the idea that people believe they are secretly wed. They refer to each other as husband and wife all the time and their friends laugh."

The source continued, "They do talk about a wedding and kids all the time, but they are in no rush."

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