STORY: JENNY COONEY CARRILLO
Liam Hemsworth has a message for those following the swirl of tabloid reports about his painful break-up with fiancée Miley Cyrus and rumours linking both of them to other people.
“Don’t believe everything you read, just like my mum told me,” the Aussie actor says during interviews to promote his upcoming role in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
“How the tabloids define you is something I have to deal with, but it’s based on no truth whatsoever. It’s frustrating when people call me up and ask me if it’s true, because, if there was something that was completely untrue written about you, you would feel frustrated about it, too.”
Although the 23-year-old actor won’t divulge the details of his break-up with Miley, he is refreshingly open and maintains a calm outlook on the turbulent events in his personal life.
“I believe everything happens for a reason – and I think, for me, when I let go of trying to control everything, I am happier and accept things however they happen,” he tells TV WEEK.
“A while back, there were a lot of things that would stress me out, that I would over-think and eat myself up about. But, these days I read a lot of books on Zen Buddhism and have a very open way of looking at things. I try to take a positive from any situation I’m in, as hard as things are sometimes.”
That’s not to say Liam’s time in the spotlight has been easy.
“I feel that, as humans, when we are scared and thrown into a position where we are not knowing, that’s when we learn the most,” he muses.
“For me, lately, I’ve been thrown into some pretty scary places and things that are unsure and unknown. I’m learning more about myself than I have ever learned – that’s when you learn, that’s when you grow.”
The actor becomes emotional when he talks about what success has meant for him and older brother Chris.
“Our parents have both worked their entire life and have been paying bills their entire life and my parents are now retired because of mine and Chris’ success,” he says proudly.
“My dad said to Chris after we paid off their bills and told them to retire: ‘I thought I’d be dead before I paid off all my bills.’
I’m 23 and Chris is 30. For a mid-fifties man to say that to his son, that’s a pretty emotional thing. Our parents worked for so long with so many different jobs to take care of us and put food on the table, so now we are able to take that stress away from them. It breaks my heart very time I talk about him saying that to Chris and I.”