Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth set the world of Twitter and celebrity gossip sites on fire when they announced their engagement earlier today, and die-hard fans have been tweeting their excitement and support for the couple in love. However, critics are already pointing out that she is way too young to get married. Are they right?
The fact of the matter is: she is only 19 years old, and he is 22. Come on--they're practically babies. What are they thinking? The average age for people getting married in the United States is 26 for women and 28 for men. The Improper notes that "the only place where the average woman is married in her teens is in some African counties and impoverished countries like Bangladesh." Ouch--the truth hurts.
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Of course, one can't really compare two of the most famous people in the world to, well, 'average' people. Miley Cyrus has been a celebrity her entire life and is reportedly worth $120 million, and Hemsworth already has a solid acting career, starring in the wildly successful Hunger Games franchise. Worrying about money clearly won't be a problem for the two, and they already live together. But it is difficult to imagine someone who is not even of legal drinking age yet getting married.
Unfortunately, the odds are also against them for a lasting love because Hollywood marriages are notorious for being short and not-so-sweet. At least Cyrus and Hemsworth have been together for a long time (three years, off and on), unlike Kim Kardashian and poor Kris Humphries, who barely knew each other before their disastrous 72-day marriage. (There's also Katy Perry and Russell Brand, Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds--the list could go on forever.) Yes, it is possible for a young marriage to last, and the couple does seem very in love, but they might want to wait a year or two (or three) more before tying the knot.