Updated: July 27, 2013 6:05AM
Considering the ups and downs of Miley Cyrus’ relationship with fiancé Liam Hemsworth, it’s hard to bet that this romance will last — or even make it to the altar.
But I’m hearing that the singer and actress has been especially touched by her Aussie beau’s incredible sensitivity to her and her family as Miley’s parents, Tish and Billy Ray Cyrus, head to divorce court.
Of course, Miley is particularly irked about her dad’s lack of candor about his relationship with Dylis Croman, a romance reportedly sparked when the duo co-starred recently in “Chicago” on Broadway. The pop superstar even turned to Twitter to threaten her father — demanding he ’fess up to it all, or she would “out” him.
† While Hemsworth supposedly is very fond of both of Miley’s parents, the “Hunger Games” actor reportedly has been extremely kind to Tish Cyrus as she faces all the tough issues of her failed marriage.
That said, a Cyrus insider said Tuesday, “Liam has also made it clear he will not take sides. He wants to remain friends with both Tish and Billy Ray. … This whole thing has brought him closer to Miley too.”
HAWKS MANIA: The first stop for the Stanley Cup champs after their flight landed from Boston in the wee hours Tuesday was Harry Caray’s in Rosemont, where the restaurant group’s CEO Grant DePorter had organized a very special party for the Blackhawks and their new trophy.
While the stop was very hush-hush, nearly 2,000 savvy Hawks fans showed up — as opposed to the 400 who did the same in 2010.
Along with kissing the Cup and drinking from it, DePorter also got sloshed good in a one boozy shower he will never regret.
† Unlike in 2010, when the actual puck the Hawks used to score to win was in question, that’s not the case this year. Team honchos made sure they grabbed that valuable little slice of historic hard rubber as soon as possible after the big win in Boston.
ART SMART: The special garden exhibit in East Village of paintings by Tom O’Gorman and Adam Umbach was a big hit with the duo’s fans — even drawing such noted Chicago artists as Layne Jackson, Jay Miller and acclaimed sculptor Richard Hunt.
SPORTS SHORT: While former Chicago Park District honcho Ed Kelly carefully plans his annual “Giant Awards” gala at the White Eagle in Niles to avoid any White Sox or Cubs home games, the long-planned event benefitting his sports programs did not count on the Blackhawks playing the sixth and final game of the 2013 Stanley Cup!
In between the various award presentations, the event’s emcees Bernie DiMeo and Robin Boesen did keep the 600-plus guests up on the Hawks-Bruins’ score.
† Loyola basketball All-American and Hall of Famer Jerry Harkness shared a poignant story as he accepted the Muhammad Ali Athlete Award from the Great One’s daughter, Jamilla Ali (assisted by her young son, Jake), and Gale Sayers. Harkness revealed that groundbreaking national championship win by Loyola in 1963 inspired another young man down in Arkansas to overcome obstacles and head to medical school.
Many years later, that fellow, Dr. O.T. Gordon Jr., turned out to be the very physician who detected cancer in Harkness — in time to save his life. Talk about great karma!
† I also was honored to be the recipient of the media award at the 39th annual Kelly Sports award banquet — named in honor of the late, great Sun-Timesman Irv Kupcinet.
PARTY TIME: The annual “World’s Largest Block Party,” benefitting Old St. Pat’s Church, takes place downtown Friday and Saturday, — and already has a big team of celebrity bartenders signed up, including a slew of Chicago broadcasters: Jason Knowles, Dina Bair, Stefan Holt, Alex Perez, Charlie Wojciechowski, Natalie Martinez, Daniella Guzman, Amy Jacobson and John Garcia.
This 29th annual staging of the event will indeed be a “little bit country, and a little bit rock ’n’ roll,” considering the entertainment will include Gretchen Wilson, Phil Vassar, the Punch Brothers and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.
SUITING UP: Former Bears safety Ray Austin, who has moved on to a career as a model and actor, popped into Howard Goldberg’s A&G Clothing in the Merchandise Mart to boost his wardrobe for his role on the upcoming Bravo reality show “100 Days of Summer.” Set to debut in August, the series is described as focusing on “the young successful, ‘it’ crowd [who] are working the boardrooms and the bedrooms — eager to make a name for themselves, find love and succeed at any price.” Austin has appeared in more than 100 commercials, plus such TV shows as “Prison Break,” “The Chicago Code,” “Chicago Fire,” “The Beast” and “Detroit 187,” since his playing days in the NFL.
Austin has appeared in more than 100 commercials, plus such TV shows as “Prison Break,” “The Chicago Code,” “Chicago Fire,” “The Beast” and “Detroit 187,” since his playing days in the NFL.