Miley Cyrus, you’ve only just begun.
The pop star opens up to Variety about her Happy Hippie Foundation, which brings awareness and supports homeless LGBTQ youth. The interview spun around a few other notable topics, like Donald Trump, the Kardashians, being a judge on The Voice, exploring her pansexuality and more, but the quote that nearly flung me off my seat was the revelation she feels she’s passed her prime.
“People saw me as being wild, and literally all I do is I’m obsessed with yoga, I love hiking, and I’m reading constantly. My life is so positive. From the outside, people think I’m partying with rappers. That was back in my prime.”
To say Cyrus can’t surpass her former self is absurd. Her last studio release alongside Wayne Coyne, Miley Cyrus & her Dead Petz, was an indie-release and came out of left field for her pop die-hards, but it was the logical next step for the free spirited singer. There’s certainly something Miley can cook up to outshine Bangerz.
On inequality amongst women in Hollywood: “A lot of it could be changed if we had a female president. That would give us a subconscious boost. I think people will have to realize they’re looking really dated. For example, there’s a show called Supergirl. I think having a show with a gender attached to it is weird. One, it’s a woman on that ****ing billboard — it’s not a little girl. Two, what if you’re a little boy who wants to be a girl so bad that this makes you feel bad? I think having a title like Supergirl doesn’t give the power that people think it does.”
On Donald Trump: “This is not a dig. But I do think there’s something that goes with the Kardashians and Trump. The Kardashians are better than Trump, because they are not trying to run the country. They are just trying to be famous, and that’s fine. We are obsessed with celebrity. When Trump started this, I was laughing. I thought it’s not going to go anywhere; there’s no way he’ll be the candidate.”
On identifying as pansexual: “I think when I figured out what it was. 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. Looking at them, they were both: beautiful and sexy and tough but vulnerable and feminine but masculine. And I related to that person more than I related to anyone in my life. Even though I may seem very different, people may not see me as neutral as I feel. But I feel very neutral. I think that was the first gender-neutral person I’d ever met. Once I understood my gender more, which was unassigned, then I understood my sexuality more. I was like, “Oh — that’s why I don’t feel straight and I don’t feel gay. It’s because I’m not.”
Read the full interview here.