Early this year, the entire entertainment world went abuzz after ex-lovers Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth were reportedly back in each other’s arms again.
For weeks, the news circulated with a hint of doubt, until recently, Miley’s godmother, Dolly Parton, confirmed in an interview with the Entertainment Tonight that the two were indeed officially together again.
It can be recalled that after dating each other for quite sometime, Miley and Liam got engaged in June 2012. But in September of the following year, the Hollywood sweethearts went their separate ways. Three years have passed, Miley posted a photo of her with what people considered as an engagement ring in one of her visits in Malibu, Liam’s home.
Apart from those who have raised their eyebrows and gossiped on the reported rekindled love between Miley and Liam’s, the stories of giving love a second chance in general has actually sparked conversations among psychologists and other social scientists.
In an article from Quartz, the science behind rekindled love has been the main focus of a study conducted by a researcher from the California State University, which was authored by Dr. Nancy Kalish.
In her research, Kalish argues that love that usually blossoms in the second time around are those kinds of relationships where the lovers cannot forget their lost love, often results in a long and lasting love. On the other hand, Kalish said, those relationships that ended for good reasons, usually don’t see any second chances, they just fade away as time goes by.
“For most, they [the relationships] are intense because they finally get to ‘right the wrong.’ They feel like this is the person they were meant to be with,” Kalish writes as quoted by the Quartz.
For three years, from 1993-1996, Kalish surveyed 1001 individuals who had broken relationships at the time when the survey was conducted. She found that 72 percent of those surveyed said they’re still together with their ‘lost love’, while 71 percent said their rekindled love was their best romance experienced. Kalish also found that some of the surveyed individuals said they waited as much as 75 years to rekindle their lost love.