Miley Cyrus used to be Disney’s little darling, when she played Hannah Montana for years. A new, edgier, Miley is emerging as she gets older, and the actress insists she was never squeaky clean to begin with. The 20-year-old posed for a series of racy pictures in the new Cosmopolitan.
In the interview, Miley opened up about growing up as a Disney star, and how she always tried to be herself, even if that meant shedding her clean image at an early age. “Some of the worst things that have happened in my career, like things getting leaked, have actually been what’s best for me, because people knew when I was on that show that I was really growing up. I never faked anything. I never played the Disney game of smiling and being a princess and then suddenly having a hard time, saying, “That isn’t who I really am.”’
Miley’s getting ready to make a music comback, but her main priority right now is her fiance, actor Liam Hemsworth. “Number one is my relationship with Liam,” she said. “That’s what I feel the most confident in because you never know; there’s so much hype behind my new record, but it could come out and, worst-case scenario, everyone f***ing hates it.”
Miley still can’t believe that she’s marrying Liam, because she often finds herself gawking over how hot he is. “I’ll literally look at him and be like “You are hot, dear god!”’ she said. “The other day, I turned on the pool heater and it was steaming, and he walked outside and took off his clothes and jumped in the pool. I was like, “I’m gonna faint – the hottest guy of my life is in a steaming pool. This looks like a Playgirl shoot.” So I took a photo and made it the background on my phone. My best friend grabbed my phone and was like, “Who’s that? He is so hot!” That’s my hubby!’”
Miley’s new album sees her collaborating with a surprising array of artists, including Mary J Blige, and the star focuses so much on her individuality that she feels there is ‘room for everybody’ in the music industry.
‘Katy Perry’s been my friend for f***ing five years, and I’m not ever gonna let our work get between that relationship,’ she said.
‘If Katy sticks with being Katy, and Ke$ha is Ke$ha, and Rihanna is Rihanna, and I’m me, there’s room for everybody. The problem is when people look at Gaga and say, “Oh, that works; I’m going to be like that.”’
She added of her latest musical venture: ‘It’s almost like being a new artist and trying to make a first impression. I think the best thing I could have done was take those two years off to really live, because now people don’t think of me as who I was on the TV show.’
What’s your take on Miley? I don’t really love her – or hate her. I just think she’s sorta there. I can appreciate her honesty, and ability to shake things up, like shaving her head. I like her who-gives-a-s**t attitude. With celebrities these days, it’s nice to see someone who’s just going to do and say whatever they want, and don’t care much about what anyone thinks.