Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus called off their engagement in late 2013, but the "Hunger Games" star says he'll always have love for her.
In a new interview with Men's Fitness magazine, when asked if he feels he "dodged a bullet" by not marrying Miley, Liam said, "You fall in love with who you fall in love with; you can never choose.
"I guess some people just come with a little more baggage," Liam continued with a laugh. "I mean, look—we were together five years, so I don't think those feelings will ever change. And that's good because that proves to me that it was real. It wasn't just a fling."
The former couple met when they starred together in 2010's "The Last Song," and the Australian actor said their time together was "an important part of my life and always will be."
"She's a free spirit. I think she'll always surprise people with what she does, but she's not a malicious person in any way," he continued. "She's a young girl who wants to do what she wants to do."
As for his current love life, Liam said he "barely ever" meets anyone new.
"It's tough to have a relationship in this industry, though not to the point where it makes me depressed. I'm constantly working, and I love working," he said. "I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything at this point—I feel like I'm focusing on the right things and prioritizing things in the right way, and I'm a healthy, happy person."
Adding to his healthiness is his new diet. The actor has adopted a vegan lifestyle for his "own health" and after learning about the "mistreatment of animals."
"I couldn’t continue to eat meat. The more I was aware of, the harder and harder it was to do," he revealed. "About six months ago I went and saw a nutritionist to do a blood-diet analysis. He basically told me, based on my blood type and all the other different little tests they do, that red meat was good for me, and I should eat a lot more red meat and various other foods. So I started doing that, and the more red meat I ate, the worse I felt. At the same time, I have a lot of friends who are vegan."
The star has been vegan for "almost five months" said he feels great.
"There are no negatives to eating like this. I feel nothing but positive, mentally and physically. I love it," he said. "I feel like it also has a kind of a domino effect on the rest of my life."
-- Erin O'Sullivan