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Why the internet loved Miley Cyrus’ low-key wedding announcement

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones - Arrivals at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

It’s official: Miley Cyrus has confirmed her marriage to her long-term partner, Liam Hemsworth.

Miley Cyrus has confirmed that she has tied the knot with Australian actor Liam Hemsworth – and she made sure to do it in an entirely refreshing manner.

Taking to Instagram, Cyrus shared a black-and-white photo of herself in a passionate embrace with Hemsworth.

She captioned it simply: “This is probably our one millionth kiss.”

After racking up over 5.5 million likes, Cyrus shared an album of photographs, which she captioned with the date of her nuptials: 23 December 2018.

She also pointed out that she and Hemsworth had tied the knot almost 10 years after they starred together in the popular movie adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ romantic novel, The Last Song (a fact which, somewhat unsurprisingly, made the author very happy indeed).

Cyrus and Hemsworth’s wedding comes just weeks after the couple lost their home in California in the state’s devastating wildfires. Cyrus was out of town at the time, so it was up to Hemsworth to rescue their animals - an act which she later told Howard Stern that she was forever grateful for. 

“Liam, I’ve never loved him more for this,” she said, adding that the act had prompted her to come up with a new term for the “love of my life”.

“I call him my survival partner now,” explained Cyrus. “He thinks it’s not romantic, but I learned that it is. It is why you pair up with someone is for survival.”

The wedding is reported to have taken place at another property owned by Cyrus, in Franklin, Tennessee.

It was a small ceremony attended by family and close friends, reports said.

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Cyrus and Hemsworth became engaged in 2012 but then broke it off the following year and separated. They were seen together in 2015 and it was later announced that they were again engaged.

Cyrus referenced the temporary split in her 2017 song, Malibu, singing in one verse and into the chorus: “I never would’ve believed you if three years ago you told me / I’d be here writing this song / But here I am, next to you / The sky is so blue in Malibu / Next to you in Malibu.”

This is, partly, one of the reasons that so many people are obsessed with the couple: we have been with them on a journey, we feel invested in their relationship, and we want to see them get that Disney-esque ‘happy ever after’.

However, there is a little more to our obsession with celebrity nuptials than just that.

As royal biographer Andrew Morton, who wrote the best-selling Diana: Her True Story – In Her Own Words, explains to Harper’s Bazaar: “Just look at today’s news – the world is more unstable than it has been in generations. We have the most powerful man in the world, Donald Trump, roaming around like Godzilla; Putin jabbing away; and we don’t know what will happen post Brexit and how many jobs will be lost.”

It’s no wonder, then, that a celebrity wedding “offers a nice piece of respite”. 

“It’s sweet and joyful,” says Morton, adding that “all weddings” have the same feel-good effect. “If you see a wedding happening in a local church you might stop and take it in - they symbolise hope, optimism and new life.”

Our preoccupation with the lives of others is also a by-product of the psychology that evolved in prehistoric times. Indeed, as Professor Frank T. McAndrew famously pointed out, our ancestors had to cooperate with one another in order to survive, and also had to recognise the fact that they were one another’s main competitors when it came to dividing limited resources.

As such, they had to exercise and develop their social intelligence in order to survive, using it to manage friendships, alliances and family relationships, as well as predict and influence the dealings of others.

“Evolution did not prepare us to distinguish among members of our community who have genuine effects on our life and the images and voices we are bombarded with by the entertainment industry,” says McAndrew, highlighting the fact that our intense familiarity with celebrities can leave us feeling – on a subconscious layer – that they are socially important to us.

“They provide a common interest and topic of conversation between people who otherwise might not have much to say to one another, and they facilitate the types of informal interactions that help people become comfortable in new surroundings,” he adds.

“Hence, keeping up with the lives of actors, politicians, and athletes can make a person more socially adept during interactions with strangers.”

So there you have it: there’s absolutely no need to feel ashamed about your predilection with celebrity weddings. Because, to paraphrase Lady Gaga, you were born that way, baby!

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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