Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus are engaged. (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty…)
"Miley Cyrus engaged!" That's the entertainment news of the day. But the former Disney performer who grew up before our eyes into a scantily clad young woman has barely had time to enjoy the 3.25-carat diamond ring given to her by beau Liam Hemsworth before critics have begun to ask:
Is Cyrus too young to be engaged?
There is no wedding date yet for Cyrus, 19, who has transitioned from her years as Disney Channel child phenom "Hannah Montana" to singer and actress, and Hemsworth, 22, who is starring in the "Hunger Games" trilogy.
But statistical and anecdotal evidence would seem to be stacked against a union between Cyrus and Hemsworth going the distance.
First, let's start with age.
An oft-quoted study from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that age does indeed matter: 48% of those who marry before age 18 are more likely to divorce within 10 years, compared with 24% of those who marry after age 25.
Second, there's education.
The National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia has found that people without a college degree are three times as likely to divorce within the first 10 years of marriage as those with a higher education, according to the Washington Post. Unless Cyrus has been attending Harvard undercover (perhaps using the alias Miley Stewart?) she does not have a college degree. Apparently neither does Hemsworth, according to his IMDB.com bio.
Third, there's Hollywood.
Sure, there are some Hollywood marriages that go the distance. (Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, for one.) But other celebrity-on-celebrity marriages wither in the hard spotlight.
There is one irrefutable fact that can be used against all those naysayers.
None of the "damning" statistics hold true 100% of the time.
Congratulations, Miley and Liam!
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