Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth** clearly needed some distance. Engaged since last summer, Cyrus, 20, and Hemsworth, 23, have been enduring “the worst fights of their relationship” for the past few months, a source concedes in the new issue of Us Weekly, out now. The singer-actress and her Last Song costar have been warring bitterly over everything from Cyrus’ drastic punk makeover to his reported Feb. 23 make-out session with an A-list actress.
Which is why Hemsworth dispatched himself March 2 to his homeland of Australia, 7,900 miles away from Los Angeles, to visit with family. “Miley and Liam are talking,” another friend assures Us, “But he needed a beat.”
Cyrus, meanwhile, has taken a “beat” from social media — taking a Twitter break last week after Us and other outlets reported news of a major rift between the couple. (She also made two excursions in L.A. — one with Hemsworth’s pal Paul Khoury — where she was photographed without her wedding ring.)
According to E! News, Hemsworth’s parents recently purchased a $1.6 million home in Australia for the Hunger Games star, where he’ll stay during his extended visits Down Under. “He doesn’t seem especially sad [or] happy,” an insider told the site of his mood during his latest trip. “He seems to be enjoying seeing his family as far as we can tell.”