Photos of a certain former Hannah Montana starlet sporting a huge rock made the world wonder: Are Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus engaged?
While Miley and Liam are apparently not engaged, according to her Twitter this morning, the idea of them getting married is still on our minds. I mean, the cute couple paraded on red carpets together for Liam’s The Hunger Games premieres, and they hit up a Celeb Fight Night party arm in arm, with the rock still clearly visible–and they’ve been together for years.
While it may well be a brilliant “are they or aren’t they” publicity stunt (Liam did have a huge movie just come out), it raises a big question: Miley is 19, Liam is 22. Are they too young to get married–or if they really were engaged, would it be cool?
Consider: Miley and Liam met on the set of their film, The Last Song, when Miley was 16. Most if us are pretty different when we’re 16 than when we’re 19, let alone when we’re old and gray. If marriage is, ostensibly, a lifelong commitment, is it too soon for them to be tying the knot? If they got married in the next year or two, Miley wouldn’t even be able to legally sip champagne at her own wedding!
On the other hand, Miley grew up faster than a lot of other girls because of her career in the spotlight. While most of us want to see, learn, and experience new things before we settle down, she’s accomplished so much already. She’s well beyond financially secure, which is a big reason a lot of young couples put off a trip to the chapel (or courthouse, temple, or white sand beach). Because she’s been working hard since she was so young, she may feel she’s emotionally and mentally mature enough to tackle matrimony.
For the rest of us, the circumstances are different. While marrying young has its benefits— for instance, your dating pool is a lot bigger, you can grow together, your chances of childbearing are really good, your boobs are still perky–it’s also more risky than waiting it out until you’re older. Because your dating pool is so much larger, there’s a lot more room for temptation. Think of it like channel surfing: How do I know what I’m watching is the best thing that’s on if I haven’t scanned through the rest of the premium channels yet? Additionally, growing up together can also mean growing apart.
The scariest part of marrying young? Couples who marry between 20 and 25 have a 60% divorce rate! Miley’s not even 20 yet. Yikes!
Then again, it is Liam Hemsworth she’s dating.
Are you married or thinking about getting engaged? Would you rather wait until you’re older? Would YOU marry Liam Hemsworth if he proposed today?! Sound off in the comments!