Miley Cyrus has never been one to hide her personal struggles with fame and addiction. Now, the former Hannah Montana star has revealed more about her experience as a child star and the challenges she faced growing up in the public eye.
Speaking to CBS Sunday Morning , she explained, “I liked being in the Disney universe because I didn’t know anything else. I knew I was getting to live what I wanted to do,” she shared. “I got to act at that time and be funny and wear a wig and wear lots of sparkly things.”
But as she’s aged in the limelight, she’s come to realize the detrimental effects early fame has had on her personal development. “I think now that I’m older now, I realize that’s a lot to put on a kid. To have them have to get their makeup done and also balance school,” Miley confessed. “I think what was hard for me was balancing everything. I think it got harder when I started touring as both—I toured as Hannah Montana and as myself.”
The pop star compared her gig as Hannah Montana to the TLC show Toddlers & Tiaras—a series that follows little girls performing in pageants—explaining that it “is a little weird” to dress up a young girl in wigs. In the same vein, the star acknowledged that her fun-loving character was relatable, but the real Miley was often left forgotten, “I think why people loved Hannah Montana was because Hannah Montana did feel real and that’s because I was under there and people forgot that sometimes,” she said.
And she’s just one of many young female celebrities who are now opening up about the downside of fame. Demi Lovato confessed the struggles she has faced being a former Disney star in her recent documentary Simply Complicated.