Elsa Pataky: Liam Hemsworth ‘deserves the best… I think he deserves much better’

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During Miley Cyrus’s on-and-off relationship with Liam Hemsworth, there were some blind items painting a particularly sleazy picture of her relationships with Liam’s brother Chris and Chris’s wife Elsa Pataky. I never believed the blind items. I don’t think Miley was particularly close to Chris Hemsworth and Elsa. Maybe the Hemsworth family always knew Miley was trouble, or maybe they were just like the rest of us, and could only take her in small doses. In any case, I think that when Liam spent time with his family, he tended to, like, not bring Miley along. For a reason. So… is it off-side for Elsa Pataky to slide in a little insult at Miley now that Liam is finally 100% done with her?

Liam Hemsworth’s sister-in-law, Elsa Pataky, has sensationally claimed the actor ‘deserves much better’ than his ex-wife, Miley Cyrus. The Spanish model, who is married to Liam’s older brother, Chris Hemsworth, broke her silence on the split during a press conference in Madrid this week.

‘My brother-in-law, well… after a relationship that you’ve dedicated ten years to, he’s a little bit down, but he’s coping well, he’s a strong boy and he deserves the best,’ she said, according to Hola! Magazine. ‘I think he deserves much better,’ the 43-year-old added.

Speaking about Liam’s relationship with her husband, she continued: ‘You always find support in your family, and he’s joined at the hip with [Chris], who has been there to give all the strength he needed.’

[From The Daily Mail]

I mean… she sounds like she cares about her brother-in-law. She sounds like she’s just hearing his side of everything. But… having covered the breakup drama for months, I sort of feel the same way as Elsa. Of course Liam’s not perfect and of course they were dumb kids and they mostly just grew apart over time. But Liam definitely deserved better, in general.

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  1. TheOriginalMia says:

    Nothing sensational about what she said. I’m sure everybody, not named Miley or Cyrus, believes the same.

    • Lou says:

      There are people here who will always defend Miley, and that’s fine.
      I’m sure he’s not blameless in the whole matter but Elsa is his family, it’s not bizarre that she’s taking his side and sticking up for him.

  2. babsjohnson says:

    He got what he wanted. I don’t think he “deserves” anything more than what he got in life. Privileged asses.

    • Erinn says:

      He’ll coast off of Chris’ fame now. Miley is Miley, we all know that. But I don’t feel especially sorry for him? He definitely benefited greatly from dating Miley, at least early on.

      He seems painfully bland as an actor. Not that I think any of the Hemsworth’s are wildly talented, but Chris seems like a really fun, likable guy who got involved in the perfect franchise.

      • VirgiliaCoriolanus says:

        What does his fame level have to do with how his relationship went down? I am not even a fan of his, but your comment is harsh imo. He’s never struck me as a famewhore. Just because his career is not on her level doesn’t mean that he deserved the relationship ending he got. I don’t care if he is a drug addict or whatever, but no one deserves to have their spouse publicly insinuate that they have a drug problem and that it was waaaay too much for her to handle (after releasing several songs about her own drug use) as an excuse for her doing PDA with a brand new person literally days after they separated?

        I have no doubt that he gave it as good as he got, but he seems like an incredibly private person and she stomped all over that to try and make herself look better to the public. I think it’s disgusting and a form of abuse.

      • otaku fairy.... says:

        @Erinn: Agreed, me neither. He’ll be fine, and not just financially. Is there really much of a question of who will have less to deal with from a societal standpoint when a breakup happens between a handsome non -threatening guy and a past or present immodest woman/’bad girl’? That would have remained true even if Miley had not been petty in dealing with it, if we’re being honest.
        Also, they’d privately separated already in June.

      • Xi Tang says:

        I like the guy alright but he’s cheated on Miley multiple times. Very publicly too. He’s just not very noteworthy and it doesn’t make headlines as much as Miley Cyrus.
        Now, I can’t STAND her so it’s not a defence for her. But neither are victims. She’s the only one getting called out for cheating though 👀

      • Me Again says:

        I don’t think your comment was harsh in the slightest. He benefited off of Miley’s fame, no doubt.

        No one deserves to be discarded but to act like he’s innocent and blameless is just silly.

      • Erinn says:

        I don’t know, Virgilia. Obviously it was a tacky mess. But if you’re willing to believe that he gave it as good as he got it, then why feel bad for him?

        They’d broken up a while prior to it going public. It’s not like they broke up and hours later she had trotted out a new relationship to the press.

        My thing with all of this is that people IMMEDIATELY jumped to the “thank god he’s out of that mess. Miley’s the worst. She did this” band wagon after the announcement. And I don’t really blame her for saying “hold up, I’m not the only bad guy here” and attempting to sway public opinion. He did the same thing by making sure to get photographed looking like a sad puppy with his brothers. They’d been separated for some time, but suddenly he’s moping around in Aus?

        I just think they’re both guilty of the same game. But he was fine with Miley and her behavior up until he wasn’t. As long as it benefited him he seemed perfectly content with that pesky over the top sexual drug abusing harlot that people make her out to be.

      • VirgiliaCoriolanus says:

        I feel sympathy because unless you are coming out about being abused, I don’t think the public – whether you are famous, whether you are a regular person needs to know the dirty laundry of your spouse. Because it is NEVER exactly how it is portrayed. Ever. And I think it’s disgusting because it is an attempt to absolve yourself of your role in your relationship. I’ve seen it play out many times among my own family/friends/acquaintances. Not once has the person ever came out and said exactly what they did.

        I’ll give you a specific example. A family friend, years ago, had his ex wife post all over facebook about how he “cheated” and had sex with their babysitter, years ago when they were divorcing. She did this after she lost physical custody of their sons. The family friend has facebook, but never uses it. Their sons have FB as well. He never said anything against her or tried to clear it up. I had to learn from my mom that the real story is that he started dating the babysitter while they were divorcing – which still not great, but that they (he and his ex) had threesomes regularly during their marriage. And she left him for the threesome partner.

        And I’ve seen the pics of him post separation. I don’t think he particularly looked sad/performing for the public.

        And lol moping around in Australia – where he’s from, where his family is, and where he to this day significantly spends his time? After their house burned down? This is shocking why? It’s not like he never went back to Australia while they were dating. It was pretty clear to me that he went back all the time and I never got the impression that Miley went with. I could be wrong. And I do think it was stressful and hard for him to deal with the negative media surrounding it. This wasn’t just tabloids making shit up or digging for a story. It was his soon to be ex, someone he’d spent years with fueling it. Sometimes you get tired of all the bs and drama.

        And I don’t think Miley and Liam were monogamous. I don’t think either of them were cheating. I don’t think her with being with Caitlyn days after the divorce was cheating or disrespectful to their relationship – I think using Caitlyn as her “I’m wild and free and Liam was just too staid and traditional and wanted to hold me back” was disrespectful and abusive to both Caitlyn and Liam. I think throwing out any potential issues he may have because she’s losing the PR front…..is disgusting.

        It seems to me you are reacting to what others say about the Miley/Liam pairing and not actually about the two involved. I don’t think it’s falling for Liam’s “sad puppy PR” to think Miley is an asshole who disrespected their entire relationship with how she’s behaved post separation. I’ve never thought he was too good for her or she was too much of a hot mess to be in a committed relationship. I feel bad for her because she clearly has had stage parents who let her do whatever she wanted, whenever she wanted as long as she kept the checks rolling in. But my sympathy has waned over the years because she has shown herself to be an asshole who is not able to reflect and mature. That has nothing to do with her drug, or alcohol use or how much she parties.

        When has Liam ever said or indicated he wasn’t ok with how Miley was? In terms of partying or her career, etc. It seems to me he filed for divorce because she aired out his dirty laundry publicly. I mean, am I supposed to read into Miley complaining that she wasn’t regarded as cool or edgy anymore because she got married? I honestly do not understand your point. Because I feel like it was hugely disrespectful of their marriage and relationship for her to say that she’s too edgy and cool for marriage WHILE BEING MARRIED.

      • VirgiliaCoriolanus says:

        If they’d just separated and went their separate ways, I don’t think anyone would have been shocked. It’s been their pattern for years. So I do not understand your comment? No one on here is saying that Liam’s career or whatever is more important or damaged by Miley. What some are saying is that how Miley chose to announce to the world that she was done with her relationship was disrespectful and gross. That’s it. I don’t care if Liam turned around and never did another film or episode of a tv show again.

  3. Eliza says:

    I think anyone deserves more than having a spouse who wanted to take a break, publically step out with a new partner, but expected you to wait for them to return and not file divorce.

    No matter the circumstances and behind the scenes not being a perfect relationship, that was just so very selfish.

    • Meghan says:

      My husband and I haven’t even filed for divorce and he’s had a girlfriend for about 4 months now. At first I wasn’t going to file until he gave me half the money to pay for the divorce because I know him and even with a court order it would be very hard for me to get that money back. But I am pretty fed up now and think I will just file when I get my end of year bonus and have my lawyer request he pay for the ENTIRE costs of the divorce.

      I mean, I gave you a chance dude and you want to run around still being married but having a girlfriend too and this wife is over it!

      • Eliza says:

        @Meghan I’m sorry to hear about your husband being so awful and gross. Take your life into your hands and do what you think is best for you!

      • M says:

        Meghan – a word of advice. The rate at which a man jumps into a new relationship directly correlates with the amount of pain he’s in. Did he move awfully quick? Clearly he needed a fix for his feeling awful. Don’t take it personally – he’s very unhealthy.

  4. Cora says:

    I do as well think he deserved better. I dont think she meant that he deserved better THAN Miley, but he deserved better FROM Miley.

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    • Lizzie says:

      good way to put it.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      I actually think she meant BOTH.

    • SKF says:

      Since she was in Spain when she said this, I’m
      Assuming she said it in Spanish. I’d want to see the Spanish version before assuming that this translation is correct. She may well have said something slightly different.

      That said, years ago Elsa was a fan and excited to see them get married (before their first big break). Obviously that’s changed. And I think if someone in my family split from their spouse and that spouse behaved like Miley has (super public PDA’s with someone who was a friend of both of them during their marriage, trashing them in a song the whole world heard, telling the world they had a drug and alcohol problem, true or false), I would hate them too. I would very likely think that they deserved better than that person.

      • Emma33 says:

        I went and found the original Spanish :” se merece lo mejor. Creo que se merece mucho más”.

        I think the translation seems generally accurate, “he deserves the best. I believe he deserves much more”. I guess the tricky word is that the English translation said, “he deserves much BETTER”. I suppose you could take the Spanish to mean that, but I think the use of the word “better” is more critical of Miley than if they’d just translated it as “more”.

  5. Corrine says:

    Elsa Pataky looks a lot like Elsa from frozen…

  6. Purplehazeforever says:

    Miley has a lot of issues & probably should slow down. It’s obvious she’s hurting from the breakup & trying to get Liam’s attention but this time he won’t fall back into it. Who knows what happened but she’s too unconventional & he’s too traditional..all the love in the world sometimes doesn’t make relationships last. It doesn’t make your partner a bad person. I think both Liam & Miley deserve to be happy.

  7. TQB says:

    I would say the same thing about the ex of my SIL. She cares about her family and wants him to be happy. He wasn’t/isn’t, but it’s on the upswing. She doesn’t have to dislike Miley to think her BIL deserves to be in a happy relationship – it’s no shade to either to say theirs was not!

  8. perplexed says:

    I think he deserved better. But I’m also wondering how he didn’t recognize how she might treat him. She’s sort of an….open book, I guess? To be fair, they did meet when they were both quite young. Maybe he thought he could change her…

    • VirgiliaCoriolanus says:

      IMO there’s being an open book and trying to spin things to make yourself look good. IMO, Miley has been as private as she’s wanted to be. She times her break up announcements to coincide with her album releases. I remember when she put out Wrecking Ball. For the last 2-3 months it had been rumored that they’d broken up, because he’d been photographed in Australia alone, always surfing, etc alone. But their break up was not announced until after the VMA’s (?) and when her single was released. That has always been the pattern. Until this separation announcement. I can even take doing PDA all over the place with someone else–but it is down right asshole ish and selfish and abusive to publicly insinuate that your spouse has a drug problem you can’t handle, when all you do is sing about drugs and partying. Just say you didn’t want to be single or monogamous and you had two different ideas of what marriage would be like and move on. Not this mess.

      • perplexed says:

        Well, I mean she’s an open book in the sense that, well, she’s not particularly appealing.

      • VirgiliaCoriolanus says:

        LOL I honestly think that celeb/relationships where both parties travel frequently last waaaaaay longer than they should because it is so easy to just go off to the next location and not think about it. IMO of course. But especially with celeb relationships, it feels like it is so easy to just go off to the next set or decide to go on a vacay and just not communicate. It’s way different from being forced to go home to the same person every night because that’s where you built your life.

        I feel like Miley and Liam probably had extreme highs and lows and when either of them were annoyed with the other, they could just leave for a month or two. LOL or go on the 3rd level of their McMansion.

  9. Valiantly Varnished says:

    She’s not wrong. No one is saying Liam is perfect – no one is. But it’s clear that he was far more invested and committed to his relationship than Miley was. And finding out your marriage is over via your wife posting pics on IG with her jump off is just flat out s*itty. I would say that ALL of Miley’s partners deserve better than her.

  10. Heather says:

    I agree with Elsa – he does deserve better.

  11. tcbc says:

    They’re both trashy, and so is Elsa.

  12. Agita says:

    The truth is none of us have any idea of what really went down. Something definitely did in the third week in June. And the assumption that it’s always Miley is both sexist and unfair.

    • KLO says:

      I have a feeling that Miley is definitely not the only culprit here. I remember watching a video of Liam pulling a mean and stressful prank on Miley and her being really upset. I dunno, if my boyfriend would consistently be like that I would be out of there.

    • otaku fairy.... says:

      Her response to this breakup has been very… different.. from all the other times they split. ☕😟

      • Purplehazeforever says:

        Yeah I’m with you otaku..her response is different & it’s sad. I’m wondering what really did happen. Every one wants to blame Miley because she’s an easy target.

      • Bread and Circuses says:

        Is it though?

        She humped all over Robin Thicke in public, which wasn’t sex but was definitely disrespectful, and that led to Liam breaking up with her, when she clearly thought he’d just put up with it.

        Her humping all over the jump-offs in public and still being surprised that Liam filed for divorce sure seems like the same pattern of behaviour to me.

      • otaku fairy.... says:

        That was a performance no different from an actor/actress faking strip club scenes/sexuality/romance with someone onscreen who isn’t their mate, a singer/rapper doing the same in a music video, or a backup dancer on stage. None of that is disrespect, it all just comes with dating people in that line of work.

        By her behavior being different, I meant her obvious anger combined with looking more unhealthy than ever, plus how suddenly the marriage fell apart. Something seems off. If she had a pattern of always being this way with splits, that would be one thing. This is different from one little vague break-up song.

    • Kage says:

      I’ve had to scroll for so long to find this comment that I agree with. I’ve never liked Miley, but none of us really know what happened between the two of them.

      Liam is very private, but that could also mean he’s hiding a lot of skeletons. Her behaviour hasn’t been great, but sometimes when you’ve put up with a lot of BS from someone for a long time, you want to retaliate, finally.

      I had a male friend who was very “quiet and shy”, but an absolute nightmare when no-one was looking; emotionally abusive. He then turned into a stalker. I told his friends and they didn’t believe me. Because I’m more outgoing, they assumed that I was at fault.

      That really hurt and since then I’m even more careful in taking sides. Liam is maybe very quiet, with good reason.

  13. Mewsie says:

    Uh, are we forgetting the “best friends forever” joint activities from a few years ago, when Elsa and Miley were inseparable and getting papped together going shopping for boho chic clothes and getting tattoos together?

    Back then the press was singing Elsa’s praises for being so welcoming and making Miley fit into the Byron Bay society… Those headlines were always condescending to Miley, like she was a poor clueless hobo who needed to be cleaned up under the benevolent eye of the virtuous matron.


  14. Liz version 700 says:

    That comment is low hanging fruit. Not sensational at all. Easy way to show family support and know many people over 25 are going to give you slow claps. It had to be hard for all of Liam’s family to watch the behavior after this most recent split. Whatever Liam’s flaws Miley is exhausting for me to even read about I can’t imagine family holidays….

  15. Cava11 says:

    Pataky’s take on this is not surprising but why on earth is she talking about it now? Liam got through that breakup largely unscathed and had moved on, this gives the whole story more legs. It’s so self-serving to her, Elsa, to talk about in in connection with some lame promo she is doing. Liam himself was largely silent about this by choice, he wanted it over as quietly as possible, it’s weird for her to be saying more than he did esp when he and Miley still have to sign the divorce papers.

  16. Soupie says:

    “…he’s a strong boy…”

    I hate it when Millenials/GenX Y,whatevers call young adult men “boys.” Men in American culture have a terribly hard enough time growing up without that foolish and inappropriate reference. (Yes I know he’s Australian. I guess that stupid term is now worldwide.)

    • Kebbie says:

      It may have been a translation thing. I don’t speak Spanish, but according to google translate “he’s a strong boy” and “he’s a strong guy” are the exact same in Spanish. Guy and boy both translate to chico. I’m not sure if it’s actually used by native speakers to mean both though.

  17. JanetFerber says:

    I wouldn’t cry over Liam too much. He’s better off than 99.9 percent of the rest of the world. I’ve always felt Elsa didn’t deserve the life she has, but that’s another story.

  18. Jaded says:

    There’s a high level of immaturity with Miley and I don’t think she’ll ever grow out of it. I’m reminded of a saying I found a few years ago that resonated with me which says… “Trying to ruin someone by seeking attention, pity or revenge always comes at a cost.” The cost in this case is that Miley has worn out her welcome, she’s famewhored herself to the media at the cost of losing respect from Liam, his and her families, friends and rebound lovers, etc. She needs to drop out of sight and STFU.

  19. Anna says:

    She is RIGHT.