Miley Cyrus reveals that her first ever kiss was with a girl
Miley Cyrus is always admirably candid and forthcoming in discussing her own sexuality.
The 26-year-old singer has lived most of her life in the public eye, from her days starring in Hannah Montana, to her wildly successful pop career, which has veered from Wrecking Balls to stripped back covers of her godmother's timeless classic, Jolene.
Recently, fans of the singer have been treated to candid photos from her wedding to actor Liam Hemsworth; a lowkey affair that looked super romantic and a whole lot of fun.
Since then, Miley has spoken out about what it's like to be a "queer person" in a "hetero relationship". She told Vanity Fair;
"We’ve worn rings forever, and I definitely didn’t need it in any way. It actually is kind of out of character for me. The reason that people get married sometimes can be old-fashioned, but I think the reason we got married isn’t old-fashioned—I actually think it’s kind of New Age."
"We’re redefining, to be f***ing frank, what it looks like for someone that’s a queer person like myself to be in a hetero relationship. What I preach is: People fall in love with people, not gender, not looks, not whatever.
"What I’m in love with exists on almost a spiritual level. It has nothing to do with sexuality ... gender is a very small, almost irrelevant part of relationships. I wore a dress on my wedding day because I felt like it, I straightened my hair because I felt like it. But that doesn’t make me become some instantly 'polite hetero lady.'"
Miley came out as pansexual in 2015, after being linked to the model Stella Maxwell. She told Variety;
"My whole life, I didn't understand my own gender and my own sexuality. I always hated the word 'bisexual,' because that's even putting me in a box."
Now, on the RuPaul: What's the tea with Michelle Visage podcast, the singer has revealed that her first kiss was with a girl;
"When I was kind of growing up, being from the South … my first kiss was with a girl in middle school.
"No one could understand, in Nashville, saying that … so I had that relationship."
She went on to talk about how her of her fellow Disney alumni would openly support their gay friends;
"I was one of the only kids on Disney that would come out and say that I supported all my gay friends; no one really would say that, so that was always really important to me."
It's great that one of the most famous people on the planet is so open with her own sexuality; hopefully Miley can help a whole generation of people feel confident in discussing their own identity.