Relationship Lessons We Can Learn from the Breakup of Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth

Rumors about the breakup of Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have swirled for months, but they officially called off their engagement earlier this week. Sources "close" to the couple have blamed the split on everything from Hemsworth's roving eye -- he was spotted kissing Mexican singer Eiza González earlier this week -- to Cyrus' wild ways.

Are we bummed they broke up? Absolutely, but the former pair has taught us a few relationship lessons that all couples should follow to keep them from a similar fate.

Lesson 1: Keep Your Partner in Mind When You Make a Big Appearance Change

Cyrus surprised everyone in 2012 when she traded her trademark long, dark hair -- and topknot -- for a platinum blonde short style. She later told E! News that Hemsworth "loved" the look, and Hemsworth said the same thing.

"Her hair looks great. It's a big change, but it looks really fantastic," he told "Good Morning America." However, some thought he wasn't being quite so honest about it.

Do we need to have our significant others' approval before changing our appearance? Of course not, but it's always a good idea to let them have a bit of input. Or, at least, let them know before you do something drastic like, say, cutting off all your hair or getting a huge tattoo.

Lesson 2: Communicate With Your Partner When You're Planning Something Crazy

Cyrus got everyone's attention at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards when she twerked her way through a live performance. It wasn't all good attention -- and it reportedly left Hemsworth embarrassed.

"Miley and Liam were already pretty much broken up at that point, but when he saw her performance and the backlash it created, it was the nail in the coffin," a source purported to RadarOnline. "That was all he needed to finally break up with Miley once and for all. He was embarrassed, disgusted and mortified by her performance."

Again, Cyrus didn't have to get Hemsworth's permission to do it, but it's important to at least communicate your plans to your significant other. It's part of having an open and honest relationship -- something that's especially important when the other person's reputation is on the line.

Lesson 3: Put Your Partner First

Cyrus seemed ready to settle down with Hemsworth when he popped the question in 2012. The pair was always spotted doing things together, like shopping and exercising. However, all of that stopped in 2013, and the pair was rarely photographed together. Instead, Cyrus hangs out with a group of friends, including rapper and producer Pharrell Williams, and says she's more interested in having fun.

"I want my house to be the party house!" she told Harper's Bazaar.

Any healthy relationship should include time with friends, but not at the sake of your relationship.

Tell us: What lessons did you take away from the breakup of Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth?

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