Miley Cyrus announces that she is engaged to The Hunger Games actor Liam Hemsworth.
Liam Hemsworth, 22, proposed to the former Disney princess on May 31 with a 3.5-carat diamond ring from jeweller Neil Lane.
Miley Cyrus, 19, told People magazine: “I’m so happy to be engaged and look forward to a life of happiness with Liam.”
Australian magazine WHO reports that the ring is a cushion-cut diamond set in an Art Noveau-inspired gold band.
Miley Cyrus tweeted a day after the proposal: “Heaven is a place on earth.”
Today she quoted: “I love you more today than yesterday but I love you less today than I will tomorrow,” and also wrote: “Life is beautiful.”
Miley Cyrus’ parents Billy Ray and Tish have yet to release a statement but a source close to the family say the couple are “thrilled” and have always seen Liam Hemsworth as “one of the family”.
The actress once named Liam Hemsworth as her “first serious boyfriend” after teenage romances with Nick Jonas and model Justin Gaston.
The couple met while working together on The Last Song in 2009 and Liam Hemsworth has previously admitted while he wanted to be professional on the film, they couldn’t help but fall in love after working so closely together.
Liam Hemsworth said: “What happened happened, and we’ve been together since.
“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.”
It hasn’t been the smoothest of relationships. The couple announced that they had split in August 2010 but were back together within a month. They broke up again in November last year before reconciling again.
Former Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus is one of the highest-earners in showbusiness, and topped a list of the ten richest teens in Hollywood last year with a personal fortune of $120 million.
Liam Hemsworth, meanwhile, is a rising star, who this year broke into the big time with his starring role in The Hunger Games.
Previously, he was best known for his relationship with Miley Cyrus and as The Avengers star Chris’ younger brother.
It has been a happy time in the Hemsworth family of late, with Chris becoming a father for the first time just last month.
Miley Cyrus has been eager to shed her former squeaky clean Disney image for the past few years, and last month voiced her opinion on “magical, beautiful” sex.
“Sex is actually really beautiful,” Miley Cyrus said during an interview on The Conversation.
“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. Kids have a TV, so they know what sex is. So educate them and let them know… it’s a beautiful thing, and it is magic, and it’s when you connect with somebody.”