Miley Cyrus, whose Disney Channel “Hannah Montana” TV series made her a teen idol, announced her engagement on Wednesday to “Hunger Games” actor Liam Hemsworth, reports Reuters.
“I’m so happy to be engaged and look forward to a life of happiness with Liam,” Cyrus told People magazine. “Thank you for all the love today. I’m happy to share this news with you all. I feel like all my dreams are coming true,” the star posted on Twitter.
Cyrus, 19, has been dating Hemsworth, 22, since 2009, after they starred together in “The Last Song,” according to The Huff Post. No wedding date was yet announced.
In March 2012 Hemsworth covered the issue of Details magazine, and spoke about his relationship with Cyrus.
“What happened happened, and we’ve been together two and a half years,” the actor said about falling for Cyrus on the set.
He added: “She makes me really happy. When you start, you want to be professional, but when you’re filming those scenes with someone and pretending to love them, you’re not human if you don’t feel something.”
“All I ever hoped for as a daddy was to see my kids reach their dreams,” tweeted Miley’s father, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, who starred with her on “Hannah Montana.” “To find happiness…peace of mind…and someday know…true love.”
CNN writes that Hemsworth proposed on May 31 with a 3.5-carat diamond in 18-karat gold with carved diamond floral motifs in an art nouveau pattern. The center stone dates back to the late 19th century, the store said.
The news quickly became one of the world’s top trends on Twitter, bringing thousands of congratulations from fans. However, there were those who questioned the wisdom of settling down so young.
“Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are ENGAGED? OMG I remember watching her on Hannah Montana for the first time. my bby grow up so fast :’)” tweeted one fan named Hatoon.
Allison Terry from the Christian Science Monitor asked: .”A 3.5-carat diamond ring and an Australian fiance sound like a fairytale marriage, but teen pop star Miley Cyrus’s engagement raises questions about the idealized dream she’s modeling for the average teenager. In other words: Can teen marriages last?”
The engagement also became the main topic on female TV chat show “The Talk” on Wednesday, where “America’s Got Talent” judge Sharon Osbourne defended Miley.
“I think that she is 19, but in her head she is an old soul. She has lived 19 lives in 19 years … She is an accomplished young woman, who knows what she wants at this time in her life,” Osbourne said.
Cyrus earned international fame after starring in the “Hannah Montana” television series on the Disney Channel.
The role also launched Cyrus as a chart-topping singer with hits like “Best of Both Worlds,” “The Climb” “7 Things” and “Party in The USA”.
But while growing Cyrus has been the subject of controversy. At the age of 15, she apologized after Vanity Fair magazine published provocative photos of her, saying she was “so embarrassed.”
Later she shocked fans by smoking the hallucinogenic herb salvia on her 18th birthday.
Last year, Cyrus dealt with fallout after joking that she was a “stoner.”
Last month, Cyrus openly spoke about sex in the interview to The Sun, showing the she is all grown up..
“I think [sex] does change you as a person a little bit because you start thinking maybe that’s what guys want from you,” Cyrus told The Sun. “It’s a big part of growing up, because it opens a whole new connection — and heartbreak.”
Liam Hemsworth, who was born in Australia, started acting in high school, and later followed his brothers Chris and Luke into show business. He acted last year in “The Hunger Games,” which brought him international fame.