Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth shocked fans on Saturday by confirming their split after just eight months of marriage.
Only hours earlier, Miley, 26, had been spotted snogging Brody Jenner’s ex, Kaitlynn Carter , and went on to explain that she and Liam had ‘evolved’ and chosen to ‘focus on our own careers’.
The split is rumoured to have been caused over her reported reluctance to start a family – something Liam, 29, is said to have wanted to do for years.
And Miley – who identifies as pansexual – recently opened up about their ‘modern’ set-up, admitting she hated being called a ‘wife’ and was still “sexually attracted” to women .
Now embracing their split, Miley is currently cruising around Italy on a luxury yacht with Kaitlynn, while Liam is holed up at his brother Chris Hemsworth’s place in Australia.
Earlier today, he finally broke his silence, telling the Daily Mail, “You don’t understand what it’s like.”
And We-Vibe’s relationship expert and psychologist Dr Becky Spelman says those few words reveal so much about the breakdown of their relationship.
“In Liam’s statement that he is hinting at difficulties in the marriage that go beyond what the public sees,” she tells Mirror Online.
“Only Liam and Miley will ever know all about what has happened between them, but Miley has been very vocal in the past about her pansexuality, while Liam has been less upfront, but Miley’s stated he doesn’t identify as a ‘straight dude’.
“It may be that this celebrity couple is mismatched in terms of what they are looking for in a relationship, and that a more open arrangement might suit one, or both, better.”
However, Dr Spelman warns that open relationships come with a whole raft of problems.
“Opening a relationship up is a big step, especially when society still tends to assume that most or all couples will at least aspire to monogamy,” she says.
But with both having seemingly decided their issues can’t be fixed, We-Vibe ‘s Dr Spelman advises them to take time to heal and get over their “unresolved feelings” for each other.
“One of the biggest mistakes many couples make when they split is not to give themselves enough time to process their emotions before moving on,” she adds.
“This is especially important for Miley and Liam in light of the fact that they went through the trauma of losing a home just last year, and the unresolved feelings for one another they still harbour.
“Liam is undoubtedly upset from the split, having put lots of effort into the relationship it’s obviously going to be devastating when it doesn’t work out.’