Miley Cyrus says that playing Hannah Montana did psychological damage to her
Miley Cyrus has gone through a number of renovations to her public and celebrity image. Starting as a Disney Channel star, to twerking on Robin Thicke, releasing an album with the Flaming Lips and now returning to acoustic guitar in some situations, Cyrus has really been a lot of places. Now, she's opening up about how Hannah Montana affected her growing up.
"It was a lot to put on a kid," she said candidly. Cyrus explains how the balance was the hardest part:
"I think people loved Hannah Montana because it was real, and that's because I was under there. But what was hard for me was balancing everything. When I started touring as both—I toured as Hannah Montana and as myself—I think that's probably what's a little bit wrong with me now! I mark that up to doing some extreme damage in my psyche as an adult person."
Of course, being Hannah Montana probably would lead to someone growing up feeling as if something was a bit off.
She told CBS how the boundaries didn't work:
"I didn't realize that it was going to shift me into truly being my own person. It changed my life. I felt like that boundary, that divide [between Miley and Hannah] was very clear. I've learned a lot from people that have been knocked down about how to get back up."
On the topic of that infamous VMAs with Robin Thicke:
"I definitely got that women judgement double standard thing in a heavy dose. But I recently read Hillary Clinton's book and now I think of things in a whole different way. If she can lose an election, I can do this."
Well, at least Hillary Clinton has inspired Miley Cyrus!
When asked about going on tour as both Miley Cyrus and Hannah Montana, she told CBS:
"I think that's probably what's a little bit wrong with me now! I mark that up to doing some extreme damage in my psyche as an adult person."
It was an identity crisis, one that Cyrus now compares to a reality show, like Toddlers & Tiaras and the famous Honey Boo Boo Child:
"I think now that I'm older, now I realize that's a lot to put on a kid. It's a lot to put on a kid to have them have to go get their makeup done and also balance school and also have me dress up in a wig as a kid is a little weird—it's a little Toddlers & Tiaras."
But in the end, Cyrus still has positive things to say about her past as Hannah Montana:
"I loved being that character and so, that's what made people love her and honestly music is everything and all people want to have is great music. For that audience, for what that was, that was great music for kids to listen to. There's a song called "Life's What You Make It" so let's make it rock—never forget that. Wise words—that's a good thing to tell kids."