Miley Cyrus recently shared her personal journey of facing judgment and criticism as she transitioned from a child star on the Disney Channel to adulthood. In an honest interview with British Vogue, the singer discussed the challenges she encountered while growing up in the spotlight.
At the age of 30, Miley emphasized that she doesn’t seek attention just for the sake of it. Reflecting on her early 20s, she explained that her provocative actions and moments were more than rebellious acts. They were her way of breaking free from her Hannah Montana image and establishing herself as an independent pop star.
During this transition, Miley felt the need to prove herself and assert her own identity, separate from her parents’ influence. However, she also carried guilt and shame for years due to the backlash her actions caused.
Looking back on the criticism she received for attention-grabbing stunts like the “Wrecking Ball” music video, where she appeared naked on a wrecking ball, Miley now understands that adults were harsh in judging her as a child. This realization has shaped her perspective, and she recognizes the importance of not being harsh in judging children herself.
Miley’s personal growth and experiences have deeply influenced her music, as evident in her latest album, Endless Summer Vacation. Despite the challenges she faced, including her turbulent relationship with ex-husband Liam Hemsworth, Miley embraces her past and doesn’t wish to erase or escape from it. She believes that having an interesting life allows for compelling storytelling, and she wouldn’t trade her journey for anything else.
As Miley Cyrus continues to evolve as an artist and an individual, she remains resilient and determined to stay true to herself, no matter the judgment she may encounter.