By Kat Giantis
Like most teenagers, Miley Cyrus tends to veer between emotional extremes, and in recent days she's gone from feeling flirty during a hands-on dinner with boyfriend Liam Hemsworth to fuming over being constantly surrounded by the paparazzi.
First up is the toothy starlet's demonstrative display over raw fish with her "Last Song" co-star-turned squeeze. A spy tells People magazine that the pair, who spent the holidays together in the actor's native Australia, looked "very much like two kids in love" as they chowed down at a Los Angeles-area sushi joint.
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Miley, 17, and Liam, 19, "were very affectionate with each other, laughing, giggling and being very touchy-feely," adds the eyewitness. "It was very sweet."
Not as sweet: the rumor that they're shacking up at her family's homestead (in separate bedrooms, natch) after she supposedly gave parents Billy Ray and Tish an ultimatum: He moves in or I move out.
"In the end, [they] decided they'd rather have Miley under their roof with Liam than not knowing where she is at night," a snitch tattles to the National Enquirer. "Billy Ray believes it's better to keep Miley on a short leash and to monitor her rather than alienating her and risking a rebellion."
As for the shutterbugs, the teen queen took to her official Web site on Saturday to kvetch about the "total chaos" that ensued when she went to visit a pal.
"Honestly I am so over these photographers!" the Twitter quitter griped of the 30 or so snappers who tagged along on her outing. "It's really scary for me, especially being a new driver! Sorry I'm venting, but somehow I feel like my fans are the only people I can talk to."
Now, we'd find that last part really sweet and sympathy-worthy if not for the fact that Miley stepped out of the house that day sporting a shredded, open-backed shirt and teetering in black boots, a style selection that she knew would set off a flashbulb explosion.
Of course, the blinding light might explain why she attempted to unlock the wrong Prius, a mistake the lensmen were only too happy to capture.
But that incident earns Miley a free pass from us, because we've been there and done that, and we're really glad no one was around to film it.
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