Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have been rocked by a cheating scandal. Rumor has it that Liam got cozy with January Jones at a 2013 Oscars party while Miley and her mom went to a party benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation elsewhere. Liam was spotted leaving the party with January and hitching a ride with her to wherever they went afterward, and some sources even say that they smooched. It could very well be nothing–but once gossip and rumors start to fly, it’s hard for it to die down.
We imagine Miley is pretty pissed about all this, and she has every right to be. Here’s how to handle dealing with rumors of a cheating scandal of your own.
If there are rumors you cheated on your boyfriend:
These are especially annoying because you know whether you did or didn’t, and it’s frustrating if people don’t believe you when you know for a fact that you’re right. Poor Miley Cyrus already was accused of cheating on Liam Hemsworth with Ed Westwick a few weeks ago by Perez Hilton. She adamantly denied the allegations and called that bottomfeeder Perez out directly on spreading lies. This is a pretty savvy move: If you know the source of the scandal rumors, confront that person directly in a polite way. Just be like, “Hey, I heard you said I cheated on Josh, and that stings. Why would you say that?” Chances are the rumormonger will be so taken off guard that they’ll apologize–and keep their mouths shut for a while.
These also suck because they can cast doubt on your guy and make it harder for him to trust you (unless the rumors are totally bogus and you can both prove it–like if the guy you were supposedly seen with was your brother or something dumb like that). You may want to give your guy a little extra TLC to assure him that you’re into him and him alone.
If there are rumors that your boyfriend cheated on you:
These are tough, because unless you’re literally with your guy 24/7 or have a tracking device on him like you’d have on your pet, you can’t really know for sure what happened. Your best bet? Don’t comment on any stories you may hear. If anyone asks, just be like, “Oh. Cute shoes!” or anything else to change the subject. Then hear your guy out in private. Nothing good ever came from airing dirty laundry in public–especially if you’re not sure exactly how dirty the laundry is.
In situations like this one where there may not evidence beyond he-said-she-said nonsense, go with your gut and your boyfriend’s history: Did he have a player rep before he met you? Has he done anything shady that you know of before this? If not, chalk it up to jealousy and try your best to move on. If your instinct tells you something is up, though, you may have to ring the alarm.
When it doubt:
Keep quiet. The less dramatic you get about the rumors, the more a chance that they’ll die down on their own once everyone else has a new scandal to talk about!
Do you think Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are handling this cheating scandal well? Do you think Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus will still get married? Have had cheating scandal rumors of your own? How’d you deal? Tell us in the comments!