Ask Liam Hemsworth, and he’d tell you change is never easy, especially in a relationship. Break-ups and divorces are especially jarring; it’s frankly unsettling to go from sharing everything with another person to never speaking with them again. Unfortunately, even the most amiable separation still hurts quite a bit.
Despite his star status, Liam wasn’t immune to the pain of a break-up. If anything, living under constant media scrutiny made dealing with personal issues even more challenging. In fact, he only recently started opening up about his dramatic split with Miley Cyrus, and what he had to say left fans completely floored.
With roles in The Hunger Games and Independence Day: Resurgence, Liam Hemsworth has grown into a Hollywood mainstay. During his childhood in Australia, however, celebrity status seemed to be an impossible dream.
Liam was born on January 13, 1990, in Melbourne, Australia. While his two older brothers, Chris and Luke, were actors, Liam didn’t initially seem destined to follow in their footsteps.
Commercial success got even further away when the Hemsworth family moved to Phillip Island; if acting gigs were hard to come by in Melbourne, they were impossible to find on a small island known primarily for its penguins.
Liam didn’t think much of the isolated location, however, and spent most of his time surfing with his older brothers. His new island life wasn’t all fun and games, however.
In addition to taking his standard high school classes, Liam started working in his free time. After six months of installing floors, he was exhausted, so he decided to look for a better path in life.
Liam remembered how his older brothers participated in their school plays and had an idea. He wanted to try acting, too; how hard could this whole theater thing really be, anyway?
Well, he took to the high school drama scene naturally, but that only whet his appetite. Acting came easily to him, so he wanted to see how his talents stacked up on a bigger stage.
Liam hired an agent and, at age 16, started auditioning for professional acting gigs. The process was much tougher than landing a role in his school play, but the teen was making progress.
In 2007, Liam scored his first roles, appearing on the Australian TV series Home and Away and McLeod’s Daughters. Eventually, he landed a role in Neighbours, following in his brother Luke’s footsteps.
Liam knew he had to make a change to advance his career, however. Australian television could only take him so far; he and his brother Chris packed up and moved to Los Angeles.
The gamble paid off, and Liam appeared in two films during his first year in America. After wrapping Knowing and Triangle, he accepted a part in another movie. That job would change his life.
He was slated to play the male lead in The Last Song, a teen coming-of-age movie. His love interest, the rebellious Ronnie, would be played by none other than Miley Cyrus.
When the two met, they clicked right away. Hemsworth later said that he and Cyrus shared “an instantaneous and powerful connection.” Love, however took some time to truly blossom between the young stars.
The couple embarked on an on-again, off-again relationship, seemingly unable to settle down. They announced their engagement in June 2012, but broke off the commitment a little over a year later.
They remained close, however, and the paparazzi would frequently spot the two celebrities spending time as a couple. Finally, in October 2016, Liam proposed again; they were giving their relationship another shot.
He and Miley tied the knot in December 2018. It seemed like they had put all of their relationship drama behind them; this was the happy ending that the couple had always dreamed of.
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Unfortunately, this relationship was a tragedy rather than a fairy tale. Less than a year after their wedding, the couple separated again. Both Liam and Miley took to social media to explain the split.
Despite making some questionable choices in the past, Miley denied that she was at fault in the separation. “Once Liam and I reconciled, I meant it, and I was committed,” she wrote on Instagram.
“You can say I am a twerking, pot smoking, foul mouthed hillbilly,” she continued. “But I am not a liar.” Liam, however, took a much different approach in his public comments.
“Hi all,” the actor wrote on his own Instagram post. “Just a quick note to say that Miley and I have recently separated and I wish her nothing but health and happiness going forward.”
“This is a private matter,” he concluded, adding there would be no further discussion of their relationship. Perhaps he and Cyrus should have listened to marriage advice from another Hollywood couple…
Every relationship has its ebbs and flows. Things can’t be perfect all of the time, but a positive relationship is one where each party can compromise and see the other’s points of view. Just ask actress Kristen Bell.
Kristen Bell, as her fans remember, arrived to the upper tier of the Hollywood scene in the form of Veronica Mars. People embraced the snarky role, and the show’s success allowed her to climb the Hollywood ranks.
Veronica Mars allowed Bell to flex her dramatic side, but fans also enjoy her great sense of humor. She worked everyone’s funny bones in the film Bad Moms, and there was one animated film that earned her even younger fans…
She was the voice of Anna in the hit Disney film Frozen. Kristen Bell is one of those actresses who’s going to be around for a long time, and for good reason. Of course, she says none of it could happen without her husband.
That man is Dax Shepard. Shepard is known mostly for his comedy roles in movies like Without a Paddle, Let’s Go to Prison, and Idiocracy, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t proven himself in dramatic roles, either.
Shepard spent many seasons on the show Parenthood, a family drama with more tears than knee-slapping moments. He was able to shed the goofy-guy persona associated with him and nail down a more serious tone.
Interestingly enough, back during Bell’s Veronica Mars days, Shepard had a minor role in one of the episodes alongside his future wife. Needless to say, the two seem to fit seamlessly in each other’s lives, and it’s not always easy to find that certain someone.
Believe it or not, when the two first met, the pangs of cupid’s arrow didn’t immediately strike. However, they ran into each other a couple weeks later and, according to Bell, from that point forward “it was on.”
In 2013, the couple made the relationship official. As you would expect from two people who have energetic and bubbly personalities, the ceremony was full of laughs and goofiness.
Naturally, right after any couple weds, they’re on cloud nine. They made a huge commitment to each other, they go on their honeymoon, and nothing in the world can come between them. However, that wasn’t the case here.
In interviews, Bell never hid the fact she and Shepard had a more-than-rocky start to their journey. In fact, they actually went through some serious couple’s counseling, which she claims saved the marriage and positioned them on the right track.
So, when one fan asked her to write a letter to a soon-to-be-married couple, Bell didn’t just write some throw-away message. She took the time to sit down and really flesh out what criteria makes for a great partnership.
She wrote: “Vulnerability always begets connection and intimacy. Stay vulnerable with each other.” Vulnerability, Bell clearly felt, was of the utmost importance when it came to sharing a life together. That was far from the only thing she had to say, however.
Bell continued: “In 10 years, when the dopamine has waned, remember: life is a crazy ride. It’s a privilege to go through it with a partner.” Having someone to share experiences with is priceless.
She also gave advice many couples might not follow, but it really is necessary sometimes for the mood of a relationship to stay positive. “Take necessary separateness,” she said. “It will make your marriage better.” Sometimes space will help things work out.
“Loving someone despite their faults, failings, or character defects is the most powerful thing you can do.” This statement always rings true. No one is perfect, and looking past flaws opens up a world of potential opportunity.
One of the final thoughts she offered the soon-to-be couple was to “rejoice in what makes the other happy, and allow them their personal interests.” No one wants a partner who demands them to give up their passions.
Bell concluded with a fitting metaphor about emotional capacity. She wrote, “Know that everyone is doing the best they can with what they’ve got. So get a bigger emotional tool box.”
No relationship is perfect, as she knows, but there are plenty of things couples can do to support each other during the hard times. No doubt, Kristen was itching to share advice when a contemporary of hers faced public scrutiny.
When it comes to the pop music industry, Jessica Simpson has just about done it all. But her road to the top started in much more humble circumstances.
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Simpson’s dad was a Baptist youth minister, so she began singing in her church’s choir. When she was 11, however, she realized she would need to branch out if she wanted to make it as a vocalist.
Soon after, she found herself auditioning for The Mickey Mouse Club with Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Justin Timberlake. While Simpson didn’t make the final cut, the experience filled her with confidence.
She would go on to sign with a Christian music label, but her debut record was never released. Her talent was obvious, however, and caught the eye of someone else…
Tommy Mottola, head of Columbia Records, signed Simpson to a contract. He claimed that she not only brought a fresh face to the industry but had better vocal talent than Britney Spears.
Once Simpson released her first album, Sweet Kisses, her career took off. Dating Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees only helped confirm her superstar status. But the celebrity lifestyle is never completely easy.
Simpson and Lachey would get married and famously star on their own MTV show, but the relationship wouldn’t last. The couple separated in 2005, with Simpson reportedly paying her ex $12 million.
Simpson would have several high profile romances before meeting former NFL tight end Eric Johnson in May 2010. They would get engaged a few months later, prompting a change in Jessica’s career.
In 2012, Simpson added another job to her resume: mother. The couple would go on to have three children, but even experience can’t make being a celebrity mom any easier.
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In fact, Simpson garnered controversy for what seemed like a simple parenting choice. The entire scenario started ordinarily enough, with the proud mom sharing a picture on Instagram.
The image showed Simpson’s oldest child, Maxwell, enjoying a day at the hair salon. But there was a problem with this girls’ day out that made other parents feel uneasy.
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Maxwell was getting her hair dyed. Before long, countless comments started appearing on the photo. While some loved the image, others were saying a seven year old shouldn’t be getting her hair dyed.
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Simpson tried to explain that Maxwell simply wanted purple hair like her favorite Descendants 3 character, Mal, but it was too late. The Internet had already passed its judgement.
Another celebrity noticed the mob mentality, however, and felt the need to step in. Not only was she also a Hollywood mom, but she had expertise in another topic as well.
It was Pink! The artist definitely knows a thing or two about extreme hair styles, so she was quick to come to Simpson’s defense. But she did it in an unusual way.
The artist shared an Instagram photo of her own and, like Simpson’s, it highlighted a mother-daughter day. In this case, Pink and her daughter Willow were taking part in a special activity.
Pink was dying Willow’s blonde hair a bright shade of teal! But her support for Simpson didn’t end with the photo; there was a pointed caption, too.
“I heard people were bummed on Jessica Simpson for letting her seven year old get her hair colored,” Pink commented. “So we thought we’d share what we did yesterday.”
But no post is complete without hashtags, so Pink added a few including, “#BlueHairDontCare”, “#GetYourOwnKids” and, #IllDyeYourHairTooLosers.” But there was one final act of defiance.
Pink’s final hashtag simply read, “#OhLookMaNoComments.” The message was clear: people would have to go somewhere else to provide unsolicited parenting advice.
But Pink has dealt with parenting controversy before. And, given her propensity for pushing boundaries, she’s unafraid to use her social media channels in an unconventional way.
Among the sea of celebrities on Instagram, Pink’s openness on social media stands out, especially when it comes to her family. Of course, this has also opened her up to trolls who endlessly criticize her parenting skills.
She has posted many down-to-earth photos of her kids, from them enjoying happy taco nights to cozy days in pillow forts. These posts are usually greeted by supportive fans who enjoy seeing the behind- the-scenes pics of Pink’s life. Others are not quite so supportive.
Many sweet family photos, including one of Pink breastfeeding her daughter and one of her husband riding on a dirt bike with his son, have garnered significant backlash from people who want to voice their opinion about Pink’s parenting skills.
The backlash seemed to come to a head when she posted a picture of her children at the beach. Instagrammers were quick to point out, and criticize, that her son was partially nude, therefore making the photo “inappropriate.”
This was the last straw for Pink. “There’s something seriously wrong with a lot of you out there,” she began before launching into a lengthy response aimed towards her haters. She then deleted the photo, but her rebellion against the haters wasn’t over.
She announced on Ellen that she would no longer post photos of her children online. With the controversy she stirred up on a daily basis, it was no surprise that Pink decided to stop posting about her kids. For the most part, she stuck to her guns.
But she has recently posted more subtle photos of her family while they enjoyed the European portion of her Beautiful Trauma tour. She couldn’t have known, despite her subtle Instagram posts, that she’d soon encounter one of her biggest controversies yet.
It all started when her family embarked upon the Berlin leg of her tour. As her Instagram posts implied, the trip began normally enough: The family did the kind of sightseeing many tourists do in international cities.
However, the trouble really started once she posted the photos of her family sightseeing. They went to a restaurant where Pink could show off her bartending skills, and they visited some historic Berlin landmarks…including the Holocaust Memorial.
This particular photo showed her kids running through the Holocaust Memorial. Of course, the combination of Pink’s young children plus the historically-tense subject of the Holocaust was fodder to Pink’s internet trolls, who were ready to attack.
Her children were called “disrespectful” for running through the memorial. “This is one of the most sacred pieces of ground on the planet. It should be treated as such,” someone commented. And it only got worse.
One person even wrote that Pink needs to “Teach [her] children to respect everyone,” and that in the past she has only done so when she “can make money off of it.” Such harsh comments begged the question: Would Pink respond to the hate?
Some people were not only criticizing her parenting skills, but even her behavior as a Jewish person. For some, the decision about what to do would have been easy: If she was to quietly delete the photo, the backlash would have disappeared…
…but Pink isn’t one to do something quietly. In response to the backlash, she wrote: “These two children are in actuality Jewish, as am I and the entirety of my mother’s family…to me [this photo] is a celebration of life after death.”
Despite the aggressive backlash, the comments were also overflowing with support from fans. One person wrote how “[Pink] can honor and celebrate her history however she wants,” while another simply commented that “Kids make sad places better.”
Even the designer of the Holocaust Memorial has spoken on how people should behave when they visit. “A memorial is an everyday occurrence, it is not sacred ground,” he said, debunking the claims of some haters who slammed Pink for allowing her kids to run around a “gravesite.”
More times than not, Pink is able to brush off the hate…and deliver a scathing burn or, at the very least, a memorable last word. “Please keep your hatred and judgement to yourselves,” she said simply in response to the backlash.
Pink’s not the only celeb mom in the hot seat. Once you become a mom, there are certain activities that may need to take a back seat to new responsibilities. Kim Kardashian learned to spray tan a little less after her first child, North, ended up with bronzer on her mouth post-breastfeeding!
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You might think there’s nothing that can stop a powerful and imposing athlete like Serena Williams, but think again! During one Twitter rant, Williams admitted her frustration with trying to figure out her child’s stroller!
When it’s early in the morning and you have multiple little ones sprinting around the kitchen demanding breakfast, it’s easy to mix up names every now and then. Jennifer Garner admits her memory has floundered on more than one occasion!
Modern Family star Julie Bowen mastered the skill of driving while pumping milk after having twins, and it led to an embarrassing situation one afternoon. While in bumper-to-bumper traffic, officers approached her vehicle while the pump was still attached to her!
When the Younger star Hillary Duff brought her two-year-old son Luca into the ornament section of Bloomingdale’s, she quickly learned he might be better off away from breakable items. He wasn’t as well-behaved as she’d believed!
No matter how hard you try to stick to a rigid diet, you have to take what you can get sometimes. Carrie Underwood has admitted that plenty of her “meals” have consisted of leftover food her kids didn’t finish. Bon appetit!
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No matter who they have as parents, most kids hate when their moms or dads try to act “cool.”Reese Witherspoon’s kids are all in their teens and especially dislike her use of words like “lit” and her rapping along to Drake.
While many Hollywood moms might try to act as if their lives are perfect, Chrissy Teigen’s fans know just how blunt she can be about motherhood. One candid bit of info she shared was that she fell asleep with her breast pump on!
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It’s hard to keep your thoughts in order when you’re required to remember a million things. Khloe Kardashian learned this when she tweeted about her baby’s one-month birthday only to realize she made a mistake about the date!
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Finding time to be intimate with your spouse when you have a full house can be impossible. Kristen Bell and husband Dax Shepard were having a little alone time when both of their daughters raided the room! Luckily they played it off like smooth criminals.
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Kids can be temperamental, and Blake Lively and hubby Ryan Reynolds know this all too well. In fact, they candidly expressed on social media that living with their kids’ mood swings was similar to spending time with a substance abuser. Yikes!
While planning a road trip with her daughter Wyatt,Mila Kunis made sure she was over-prepared for any sort of emergency. However, immediately after pulling out of the driveway, she gasped when she realized she never buckled Wyatt in!
In an interview with People magazine, Christina Applegate admitted she sometimes just stands in her home amidst the chaos of her kids and thinks, “I’m not doing any of this right!” Rest assured there are millions of moms thinking the same exact thing.
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Any parent will tell you it’s hard to go back to work after having a kid. For actress Olivia Wilde, becoming a mom came with an overwhelming desire to ditch the fast-paced Hollywood life to play “endless rounds of Itsy Bitsy Spider” with her young one.
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Even though she’s fulfilled by her career, Halle Berry admitted feeling the pangs of guilt for spending way too much time away from her kids while working on different projects.
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Kids have a special ability to push parents to the brink of madness sometimes. Back in 2013, Nicole Richie tweeted about one tension-filled morning where she and her husband Joel Madden had gotten into five different fights before nine in the morning due to their kids.
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There was one time this superstar was so frazzled she only time for either showering or feeding her baby! Her hubby swooped in at the last second, the baby ate, and Tyra Banks got to bathe!
When country singer Kelly Clarkson first shared photos of her child Remy on Twitter in 2016, she attached the quote, “Meet Remy, our newest edition to the family!” But, “edition” should have been spelled “addition.” Whoops, mommy brain!
Obviously women are strongly urged to avoid alcohol during pregnancy, and The Hills star Heidi Pratt was no exception. After 10 months of sobriety, she admitted to being completely deseperate to get back to drinking wine.
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Whether you’re a celebrity mom or not, raising kids is no walk in the park. The big difference with children who grow up in Hollywood is the way they spend cash as they get older. Some of them are really, really good at it…
1. Koraun Mayweather: For what it’s worth, a quick scroll through Koraun’s Instagram account shows that he and his controversial dad have a great surface-level relationship. But it also reveals how he likes to spend his old man’s money…
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Yep, Koraun’s Instagram is the equivalent of a dirty magazine for car enthusiasts. Post after post shows the 18-year-old posing with cars worth well over $100,000. Hey, when your dad gets punched in the face for a living, it comes with perks.
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2. Lily-Rose Depp: It’s unlikely this starlet will be remembered solely as “the daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis.” The 18-year-old has put together her own impressive resume already. Still, she’s had some interesting investments…
Lily-Rose’s fans scratched their heads after her father spent $7,000 on a couch owned by the Kardashians for her. Even more: after the hefty purchase, the leather couch reportedly just went into storage!
3. Reginae Carter: Gaskets across the planet blew when word came out that big-time rapper Lil’ Wayne spent $150,000 on diamond teeth. But that was nothing compared to what he shelled out for his daughter, Reginae.
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All you really need to know was that one episode of MTV’s My Super Sweet Sixteen—a show focused on really spoiled teenagers—featured Reginae. On top of a party with a $500,000 price tag, her parents gifted her a couple of cars that’d make Koraun Mayweather jealous.
4. Barron Hilton: Brother to Paris Hilton and heir to the Hilton family fortune, Barron—the baby in the center of this retro family pic—has put together quite a luxurious (and expensive) lifestyle, according to his Instagram. As a kid, though?
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While his sister flaunted her family’s money in front of cameras, Barron’s expenses came in a much more tragic fashion. Once, he drunkenly drove and struck a gas station clerk. The ensuing lawsuit cost the Hilton family $5 million.
5. Sofia Richie: Speaking of Paris… while Lionel Richie’s daughter, Nicole Richie, gallivanted around with the Hilton heiress, it was his second daughter, Sofia, who might have been even worse with her dad’s wallet.
Sofia’s done quite well for herself and she has her own successful modeling career, but Instagram posts show her living like a princess thanks to that “Stuck On You” money. All her posts show the envy-inducing vacations and luxury transportation she takes.
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6. Brandon Lee: With a mom like Pamela Anderson and a dad like Tommy Lee, Brandon could’ve spent his life poolside, waited on by only the best butlers. But while he’s pursuing a career of his own, he’s proven that he likes spending some of his parents’ money…
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Between private jets and photo-worthy vacations, Brandon sure knows how to spend some coin. Apparently, he knows how to waste it, too, a fact embodied by this Champagne bath. Sure, why not?
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7. Chet Hanks: The son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Chet didn’t spend Pop’s cash on luxury cars, trips, or the couches of reality TV stars. Instead, he used that Toy Story money for something quite tragic: drugs.
Exactly how much of the Hanks’ fortune Chet spent on cocaine is a mystery, but it must have been a lot because he reportedly did an insane amount of it. Since then, those who know him say he’s out of rehab and doing well. Good luck, Chet!
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8. The Willis girls: To say Rumer, Tallulah, and Scout Willis were under pressure and scrutiny as children would be an understatement. With Bruce Willis and Demi Moore as parents, it must have been freezing in that enormous shadow. But now?
No doubt about it, the sisters (Scout and Tallulah pictured here with mom Demi) turned out all right! But they were all known to be big partiers. While they’ve reportedly conquered their addictions, some say a good amount of money went into going out on the town.
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9. Robert Cavalli: Make no mistake, Roberto Cavalli knows how to make a fortune on fashion. His high-end clothing, perfumes, and leathers have padded his bank account since the ’70s, after all. His youngest son, Robert, on the other hand, sure knows how to spend it.
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Robert’s Instagram could easily be mistaken for a travel guide: the man loves hopping aboard a private plane and ending up somewhere luxurious. And who can blame him? They do say you should spend your money on experiences…
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10. Cazzie David: With his work on Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David made his fortune thanks to some of the best comedy chops around. Judging by Instagram, his oldest daughter, Cazzie, likes spending some of that dough.
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You can guess two things about Cazzie: she loves her dad… and she loves the beach. As she slowly builds her own acting and writing resume, though, you’ve got to figure that Seinfeld money lets her practically live her whole life with a coconut drink in her hand.
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