Now that Miley Cyrus is cleaning up her image, does she have any intention of bringing back the innocent days of Hannah Montana?
Cyrus is going in a new direction with her career, leaving behind the foam fingers, outrageous outfits, and explicit lyrics with which she has been associated. Young fans grew up with Cyrus as the family friendly star of Hannah Montana, an identity she seemingly left behind once she hit her 20s. But in this age of TV revivals, could we see a return of the classic Disney Channel sitcom?
“Probably not,” Cyrus said on The Zach Sang Show this week when asked if Hannah Montana would return. “Probably not because… it’s a lot of time to be spent with my dad [Billy Ray Cyrus]. You know, my dad was my dad on the show. I have enough dad time.”
Miley also cited Hannah Montana as a direct influence in why she eventually started twerking on Robin Thicke at the MTV VMAs and riding a wrecking ball naked among many shocking public displays.
“That was really hard every day from, like, [ages] 11 to 18. I didn’t get a school escape like most people. I went to work with my dad. And then I started driving my dad toward the end, when I could start driving. And then my grandma went with me every day. It was a lot of time with dad and grandma. That’s why as soon as I turned 18, you guys wonder why I was twerking at Juicy J shows. I had just spent 10 years every day with my dad and grandma. I had to break free.”
While Miley did admit she’s looking forward to the upcoming That’s So Raven revival, her comments suggest there are no plans in the works to revive Hannah Montana.
Now, Miley is promoting her new single, “Malibu,” a summery track that finds the artist singing about falling in love on the beaches of Malibu. According to Billboard, the song was written about her fiancé, Liam Hemsworth, with whom she has had an on-and-off relationship.
“I needed to change so much. And changing with someone else not changing like that is too hard. Suddenly you’re like, ‘I don’t recognize you anymore.’ We had to refall for each other,” Miley said of Hemsworth.
Miley also said in the Billboard interview that she was mindful of working with certain producers for her upcoming album, which does not yet have a release date.
“I was torn on whether I was going to work with certain producers that I really like. But I feel if we’re not on the same page politically… My record is political, but the sound bite doesn’t stop there. Because you can write something beautiful and you know E! News will ruin our lives and say, ‘This is a political record.’ Because then I’m the Dixie Chicks and I’m getting my album smashed in the streets, and that’s not what I want. I want to talk to people in a compassionate, understanding way — which people aren’t doing.”
She noted that since joining The Voice as a coach in 2016, she’s wanted to expand beyond her group of fellow “outspoken liberals” and reach across the aisle to appeal to country fans and others who don’t necessarily have the same political beliefs. Asked if the new album has singer-songwriter vibes, she agreed but cautioned that it was not like Ed Sheeran or John Mayer, two of the biggest names in the pop-folk scene.
In addition to promoting her upcoming album, Miley will come back to The Voice as a coach in the upcoming 13th season this fall on NBC.
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