Miley Cyrus has transformed herself from her Hannah Montana days and her “Wrecking Ball” singer wild-child stage to a coach on The Voice. Now, the reinvented singer is speaking out about her views on everything from politics to sexuality and, in the process, sharing her own coming-out story and hopes for helping others.
Cyrus told Variety that she has a goal of helping homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth. Reflecting on her journey to become a woman with that goal after growing up in the public spotlight on Hannah Montana, Miley recalls a milestone that reflects her choices.
“I had a clothing line at Walmart and got kicked out, because they said you had to choose weed or Walmart. And you see what I did — I chose weed.”
Another pivotal moment occurred in 2013 at the VMAs, where she performed an infamous dance involving teddy bears. But rather than view it as a mistake, the “Wrecking Ball” singer feels she was misunderstood, describing it as a joke.
Since then, Cyrus has chosen a professional path that centers on her Happy Hippie foundation, which is designed to provide support to at-risk LGBTQ and homeless youth. As for how being a coach on The Voice fits into that goal?
“I am only doing The Voice‘ because that helps Happy Hippie,” she clarified.
Miley traveled a long road to becoming involved with the LGBTQ community, revealing that she did not “understand my own gender and my own sexuality,” tracing her “eyes opening” back to fifth or sixth grade. She emphasized she is wary of certain labels.
“I always hated the word ‘bisexual,’ because that’s even putting me in a box. My first relationship in my life was with a chick.”
Although she grew up in “a very religious Southern family,” the singer has faith in her parents, noting that she “just felt that one day they are going to understand.” But it’s not just her parents to whom she’s reaching out now with an explanation of her gender identification journey. Cyrus also is opening up about how she first identified as pansexual.
“I went to the LGBTQ center here in L.A., and I started hearing these stories. I saw one human in particular who didn’t identify as male or female,” she recalled. “I related to that person more than I related to anyone in my life.”
Miley believes that individual “was the first gender-neutral person” she had ever met, leading to her comprehension of her sexuality.
“Once I understood my gender more, which was unassigned, then I understood my sexuality more.”
Moreover, Cyrus feels that although the “LGBTQ alphabet” could grow, there’s one letter that she particularly wants added to the term.
“There’s a ‘P’ that should happen, for ‘pansexual,'” she stated.
Where does Miley’s relationship with Liam Hemsworth fit into her journey, including their alleged plans to tie the knot?
Life & Style cites a source who revealed that Miley has called off her wedding to Hemsworth and is “rethinking the whole relationship.” The insider explained that she feels that their personalities no longer are a good match.
“[She] doesn’t think their personalities mesh anymore. She’s a free spirit and full of energy and she’s starting to find Liam a little boring.”
However, despite those dismal allegations about the wedding being called off, E! News reports that Liam is re-engaged to his girlfriend and that the two are happily nesting.
Hemsworth and the 23-year-old singer are keeping their love alive, a source told E! News, sharing that she “really loves nesting with Liam.” Included in that nesting? Lots of good food.
“She cooks a lot,” added the insider. “She loves trying out new recipes all the time.”
While that description of the couple sounds cozy, the Daily Mail reported on October 16 that new footage has emerged from a 2014 gig that might haunt her. The newly surfaced footage, which dates from the singer’s wild-child stage, shows her performing at London’s G.A.Y nightclub.
Fans were allowed to get so close when she leaped into the crowd that some fans touched her intimately, according to the Daily Mail. However, that incident occurred two years ago, and the media outlet notes that she has “calmed down significantly,” joining Liam in attempting to keep their romance out of the public spotlight.
Life & Style reported new details on October 17 of what allegedly went wrong between Miley and Hemsworth, citing a friend of the couple’s who discussed a fight that occurred just before she called off the wedding.
The friend revealed that Cyrus and Liam fought after Hemsworth criticized her for “smoking too much pot,” and the battle was “really bad,” according to the duo’s pal.
“She was screaming at him, telling him he was holding her back and making her hide who she truly is,” revealed the pal. “It wasn’t long after the argument that she ended their engagement.”
But Hemsworth has not given up, even though both of them are “so upset and angry,” noted the friend.
“[Liam] still hopes they can work things out,” another source told Life & Style.
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