Despite all the glamorous photos from her at-home wedding and that blinding rock on her finger, getting married was apparently not guaranteed for Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth. The singer, who covers Vanity Fair’s March issue, told the magazine that she never felt the need to get married.
“We’ve worn rings forever, and I definitely didn’t need it in any way," she said. "It actually is kind of out of character for me.”
Even though tying the knot wasn’t exactly on brand for the “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” singer, it’s what felt right after Cyrus and Hemsworth lost their Malibu home in the Woolsey Fire. “When you experience what we experienced together with someone, it is like glue," she said. "You’re the only two people in the world who can understand.”
At the time of the wedding, sources told UsWeekly that the fires brought them closer. “Liam caring for animals and helping others during the Malibu fire sealed the deal. Their love exploded after that,” the source said. “They are a perfect match.”
Cyrus apparently thought so too. She said the fire had more of an impact on her than getting married did. Apart from calling each other husband and wife now, marriage feels "zero percent different,” according to the former teen star.
“I would say that losing the house changed us much more than getting married changed us.”
Change is also what Cyrus believes she and Hemsworth’s relationship brings to the definition of marriage. “The reason that people get married sometimes can be old-fashioned, but I think the reason we got married isn’t old-fashioned—I actually think it’s kind of New Age," she said. "We’re redefining, to be f*cking frank, what it looks like for someone that’s a queer person like myself to be in a hetero relationship. A big part of my pride and my identity is being a queer person. What I preach is: People fall in love with people, not gender, not looks, not whatever.
What I’m in love with exists on almost a spiritual level. It has nothing to do with sexuality. Relationships and partnerships in a new generation—I don’t think they have so much to do with sexuality or gender. Sex is actually a small part, and gender is a very small, almost irrelevant part of relationships.”
Cyrus also penned a personal essay for VF that further explained what her relationship means to her. “My relationship is very special to me, it is my home,” she wrote of her “survival partner.” “I feel less misplaced when we are in the same room, no matter where that is, but just because something changes in my relationship doesn’t mean something has to drastically change in my individuality.”
The end of last year was a whirlwind for the couple who now tries to just live in the moment. “What Liam and I went through together changed us,” she penned. “I’m not sure without losing Malibu, we would’ve been ready to take this step or ever even gotten married, who can say? But the timing felt right and I go with my heart. No one is promised the next day, or the next, so I try to be “in the now” as much as possible."