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Happy Hippie

Miley Cyrus says parents ‘didn’t understand’ when she began dating a girl

October 12, 2016

In an interview with Variety’s Ramin Setoodeh, Hannah Montana-turned-popstar-turned-The Voice mentor Miley Cyrus revealed that she began questioning her sexual identity as early as the fifth grade, and that her career now revolves around helping as many at-risk LGBTQ and homeless youth as she can through her foundation, Happy Hippie. “I am only doing The Voice because that helps Happy Hippie,” the singer added.

Her first romantic relationship, Cyrus said, was with a girl. Her family, the former Hannah Montana star admitted, did not approve. “I grew up in a very religious Southern family,” she explained. One of her proudest moments came, she said, when a young girl on The Voice revealed that Cyrus was “the reason she came out.”

“My mom started crying,” said Cyrus. “She was like, ‘I’m so sorry about the way I was when you were that age and coming out.’ She never understood me until she saw that girl who couldn’t be herself.”

The pop star also revealed that she first realized that she was pansexual after visiting an LGBTQ center in L.A. and seeing “one human in particular who didn’t identify as male or female.”

“Looking at them, they were both beautiful and sexy and tough but vulnerable and feminine but masculine. And I related to that person more than I related to anyone in my life,” Cyrus recalled. “Once I understood my gender more, which was unassigned, then I understood my sexuality more. I was like, ‘Oh — that’s why I don’t feel straight and I don’t feel gay. It’s because I’m not.'”

Cyrus also shared her thoughts on CW’s Supergirl — namely that “it’s a woman on that f*cking billboard” and that “having a show with a gender attached to it is weird” — and chimed in on the presidential election. Cyrus said that she had been a “really big Bernie supporter” but that she was now supporting Hillary Clinton for president. And when asked about the Bernie Sanders supporters who still won’t vote for Clinton, Cyrus didn’t feel the need to mince her words.

Read the full story at Variety.


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