The Disney star could have chosen anyone in the world as a romantic partner, but she chose Liam Hemsworth. The two of them met while shooting The Last Song, a movie produced by Cyrus’ mother, in 2009. In the film, they played love interests: her tearaway teenager fell for his handsome volleyball player.
At the time of The Last Song, Hemsworth was just starting out as an actor. He’d had some competition from his brother, Chris, for the role of the superhero Thor, however. In the end, though, Chris got it, and it kick-started his career. But Hemsworth wasn’t far behind. In 2011 he landed a role in The Hunger Games, a massive teen franchise.
After The Last Song, rumors spread that Cyrus and Hemsworth were dating in real life, too. The Disney star, however, decided to keep the whole thing private. “It sucks when your personal life becomes public,” she told Seventeen magazine in 2009. “We’ve decided that any type of relationship that we have, we will always just keep it very D.L [down low]. First and foremost, we are best friends, so that’s what I tell people all the time.”