Millions of fans tuned in each week to watch Miley Cyrus pull double duty on the Disney Channel’s hit show, Hannah Montana. Now, the songstress has revealed in an interview with Marie Claire that playing the on-screen pop princess triggered serious body issues during her teenage years.
“From the time I was 11, it was, ‘You’re a pop star! That means you have to be blond, and you have to have long hair, and you have to put on some glittery tight thing,” says Miley, adding, “Meanwhile, I’m this fragile little girl playing a 16-year-old in a wig and a ton of makeup.”
The 22-year-old continued: “I was told for so long what a girl is supposed to be from being on that show”, adding that she developed serious body image issues while trying to fit the part.
“I was made to look like someone that I wasn’t, which probably caused some body dysmorphia ”, she explained.
The daughter of Billy Ray also revealed in the interview – which features in the September issue of the magazine – the demands that came with working as an actress, including spending 12-hour days on set.
While Miley now seems comfortable in her own skin, she acknowledged the daily pressures of today’s beauty standards and social media – “I’m probably never going to be the face of a traditional beauty company ,” she said, “But my dream was never to sell lip gloss. My dream is to save the world.”
The Wrecking Ball singer, who was previously engaged to Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth, is currently dating Victoria’s Secret model Stella Maxwell.
The pair appeared to confirm that they are an item with a fun Instagram post in July, which showed them playing around on dinosaur statues, with Miley poking her tongue out for the camera. "Chillen W my lady @mileycyrus," Stella captioned the photo.
Just weeks earlier, Miley came out as bisexual in an interview with Paper magazine, which she recalled telling her mother that she had romantic feelings towards women when she was 14.
“I remember telling her I admire women in a different way. And she asked me what that meant. And I said, I love them. I love them like I love boys. And it was so hard for her to understand. She didn’t want me to be judged and she didn’t want me to go to hell.
“But she believes in me more than she believes in any god. I just asked for her to accept me. And she has.”