YOUNG GIRLS still believe in the legend of Prince Charming and Lived Happily Ever After. Former Disney Channel star and singer Miley Cyrus sparked off a minor storm in a tea cup last week when she finally revealed that the 3.5 carat diamond that she has been flaunting on her finger is indeed her engagement ring , a gift from fiancé, Liam Hemsworth.
In typical teenage fashion, the engagement was announced to People Magazine by the 19-year-old who gushed about her love for Liam, 22, her co-star from ‘The Last Song’. “I’m so happy to be engaged and look forward to a life of happiness with Liam,” she said on Twitter. The two have been dating since the time she was 16 and the last few months have seen the young singer take time off from the frantic pace of her career, to enjoy her relationship with Liam, one of the three young stars in The Hunger Games.
At a time when global opinion is turning against teenage pregnancies, sex and early marriages, Cyrus’ decision may well end up confusing a generation of her fans who hang on her every word. And she has been saying a lot of stuff recently that might not necessarily get her the brownie points from the more mature crowd. On a chat show recently, she said of sex: “It’s the only way we create, and it’s the only way the world keeps going. So it’s ignorant not to talk to your kids about it or [not] make it seem as magical or cool as it actually is.” Mature in some ways but given the grim statistics about teenage pregnancies and high-school dropouts related to this, we don’t necessarily want someone talking so gushingly about it.
The newly engaged couple is not having a dream run just now though. Minutes after the news of the engagement went viral, the punters are cashing in on the hysteria and the majority opinion seems to be that the marriage has little chances of surviving and that Miley has just signed away her career.
Not to be outdone by the twiterrati and the folks that gab on-line, other publications such as the Christian Science Monitor have pulled out statistics to prove that teenager romances and marriages are mostly not built to survive and that older, more mature relationships are built for long-lasting marriages. “Though there are several demographic factors that impact first marriage longevity — education level, cohabitation and timing for babies — the consensus is that those who marry after age 25, statistically speaking, have a higher probability of staying married longer.”
Not the stuff that people in love want to hear, but then we don’t all get to hear the stuff we want to hear and we certainly don’t get to live the life we want.