Miley Cyrus Talks Disney, ‘Intense Breakup’ in ‘Elle’: Photos


Smiler or not, you can’t deny Miley Cyrus has become a forceful “strategic hot mess” (as she puts it) in pop culture as she continues to roll out her controversial image, which ultimately landed her on the cover of Elle magazine’s Women in Music issue.

The Bangerz artist has undeniably parted ways with her Disney persona Hannah Montana, but despite her polarizing behavior opposite of the network’s kid-friendly brand, the 21-year-old twerker admits to Elle reporter Tavi Gevinson that she is thankful her career started at the House of Mouse.

Elle Magazine

Elle Magazine

“You know, I’m really thankful that I started on Disney. I got the most intense training,” she reveals.”There’s times where I wish I could have just started as a new artist, but the world has kind of allowed me to do that.”

She also discussed her “intense breakup” with ex-fiancé Liam Hemsworth, and how she transitioned from being a dependent teenager to an independent woman.

“When I went through a really intense breakup — you know, I was engaged — and when I was with him or when I was on Disney, the thing that gave me the most anxiety was not knowing what to do with myself when Disney wasn’t there to carry me anymore or if I didn’t have him,” she says.

“And now I’m free of both of those things, and I’m fine. Like, I lay in bed at night by myself and I’m totally okay, and that’s so much stronger than the person three years ago, who would have thought they would have died if they didn’t have a boyfriend.”


The “Wrecking Ball” singer also discusses how her uncensored life — constantly monitored by the public — has inspired a new generation to overcome their personal struggles.

“I have guys and girls that come out, and they’re like, ‘The only reason I’m able to admit that I’m gay is because you’ve made me feel like that’s okay,'” she says. “That is so intense, because that is a part of this generation — it wasn’t always accepted — and I feel like I am a big part of that change.”

Miley even unveils a personal connection with fans that has given her career a whole new meaning: “Or they know that I’ve struggled with depression, and that helped them get over theirs. That gives me a big purpose —a reason to wake up in the morning that’s bigger than to put on my f**king feathers and my little outfits.”

The Miley-influenced spread is out on newsstands in May. For a behind-the-scenes look on the photo shoot, head over to Elle by clicking here.


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