His words. Not ours.
In an interview with Men's Fitness magazine, the actor addressed his relationship with the "Party in the USA" singer, which he rarely does, but he didn't openly acknowledge that they are engaged. They are reportedly planning an Australian wedding.
"When you get thrown into this industry at a young age, you're gonna say some stupid s---," he said. "Absolutely. It's impossible not to. Everyone does it. But you learn from it, and you learn from it quickly. You become a lot more mindful of what you say and how you say it."
Miley, of course, hasn't been one to hold her tongue over the years and it's often rubbed many people the wrong way.
"You fall in love with who you fall in love with, you can never choose. I guess some people just come with a little more baggage," he said. "I mean, look - we were together five years, so I don't think those feelings will ever change. And that's good because that proves to me that it was real.
"It wasn't just a fling. It really was an important part of my life and always will be," he said. "She's a free spirit. I think she'll always surprise people with what she does, but she's not a malicious person in any way. She's a young girl who wants to do what she wants to do."
Neither Miley nor Liam often speak publicly about their romance (especially Liam). Recently he was asked by GQ about the status of their romance and he said, "People will figure it out. They already have. …They're not dumb."
He admitted though that his workload makes it hard to date anyone, even someone who understands the Hollywood grind like Miley does.
"Yeah, dating is really difficult. I'm constantly traveling, and I don't go out to clubs or anything like that," he said. "I have a great small group of friends in my life, but I barely ever meet anyone new. It's tough to have a relationship in this industry, though not to the point where it makes me depressed.
"I'm constantly working, and I love working. I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything at this point - I feel like I'm focusing on the right things and prioritizing things in the right way, and I'm a healthy, happy person."
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