ABOUT MILEY CYRUS
Miley Ray Cyrus (born Destiny Hope Cyrus; November 23, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born and raised in Franklin, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville. Cyrus became a teen idol for her portrayal of the starring character Miley Stewart in the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana in 2006; her father Billy Ray Cyrus additionally starred in the show. Cyrus subsequently signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records; her debut studio album Meet Miley Cyrus (2007) was certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for exceeding three million shipments. Cyrus released her second album Breakout and launched her film career as a voice actress in the animated film Bolt in 2008.starred in the coming-of-age film The Last Song. Cyrus focused on her acting career with several television and film appearances in 2011 and 2012. Her sexually explicit behaviour generated widespread controversy while promoting her fourth album Bangerz (2013), her first under her recording contract with RCA Records. Cyrus’ independently-released fifth studio album Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Pets (2015) deviated from her traditional pop style for more psychedelic experimentation. In 2016, she was announced as a coach for the eleventh season of the singing competition series The Voice.
With Bangerz, Cyrus achieved her third number-one album on the U.S. Billboard 200, and fifth overall including Hannah Montana soundtrack albums. She has logged seven top 10 entries on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 with “See You Again”, “7 Things”, “The Climb”, “Party in the U.S.A.”, “Can’t Be Tamed”, “We Can’t Stop” and the chart-topping “Wrecking Ball”. Cyrus has earned numerous awards and nominations, as Billboard ranked her as the fourth best-selling female artist of 2009. Cyrus was ranked number thirteen on Forbes’ Celebrity 100 in 2010, and in 2013 was declared “Artist of the Year” by MTV.She has been included on the Time 100 list of most influential people in 2008 and 2014.
Personally, she is an animal lover and yoga fanatic who engages in yoga every day and worships several Indian gods. Her favourite Hindu god is lord Ganesh.
Here are some questions from several interviews where Miley was as invisible as water-
EVERYONE IS OBSESSED WITH YOU AT THE MOMENT. IS THAT DIFFICULT WHEN PEOPLE ARE SEARCHING THROUGH YOUR WORK TRYING TO FIND THINGS OUT ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL LIFE – LIKE ‘WRECKING BALL’ FOR EXAMPLE?
Yeah, it does bug me but then again I had two years where I really just hid out in the studio and I didn’t really work, I didn’t really do anything. I pretty much sat around with my friends and didn’t do shit, so now it just feels like that’s what it needs to be. I’m either a zero or a million, there’s really no in between, I’m so hot or cold. So either I have to have everything about my music and have nothing else matter or it has to be everything else matters and career doesn’t matter at all. I kind of have to choose what my time is and that’s why I think its good when you can shut off, it’s too much to balance real life and this.
Right now it has to be go time. You don’t pause when a rocket ship is taking off, you don’t say “hold on I got to go smoke with my friends’ you know you’ve got to just go, it’s your time. And so, I just make sure I keep reminding myself, this is my time. It’s hard right now I’ve got to keep pushing myself. Once the music is out it’s going to feel more inspiring because I’m going to get to perform more, where I get the people singing the songs back. Right now it’s trying to describe it and I don’t really know how.
DOES IT EVER MAKE YOU MORE GUARDED OR THINK “MAYBE I’LL KEEP THAT TO MYSELF” OR ARE YOU JUST LIKE “WHATEVER I’M GOING TO PUT EVERYTHING OUT THERE”?
I’m a little…I’m not guarded because I’m actually jaded, but I feel like a lot of people feel like they owe people their personal life and I don’t. I feel like I give so much as an entertainer, I want people to focus on that. It’s not really talking about my personal life when its people talking about VMAs or talking about my videos, that’s what I do as a job and I want people to talk about those things because it is keeping everyone watching.
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE BASICALLY THE MOST FAMOUS WOMAN IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW?
It feels pretty sick. Only because like I said I have been gone for a few years, where I wasn’t doing anything and I wasn’t working. So now it feels like all that work in the studio did pay off. And I had so many times where I had to tell people like, “You, just trust me, I’m telling you with this ‘Can’t Stop’ video this is going make people watch” or with ‘Wrecking Ball’ saying, “this is going to make people go crazy.” And once I did ‘Can’t stop’ that’s when people really started trusting me. At first on paper that video sounded insane, no one understood it and I’m just like, “let me film it and then if it doesn’t work out you never have to trust me again but if it works out you have to let me drive this ship, you know I’m on to something.” And then they call me and they’re like “you, you’re onto something!”
You know me and Rankin were talking about it. With magazines, with movies, it’s always weird when things are targeted for young people yet they’re driven by people that are like 40 years too old. It can’t be like this 70 year old Jewish man that doesn’t leave his desk all day, telling me what the clubs want to hear. I’m going out; I know what they want to hear. I know when you’re in a club, what makes everyone go crazy and when the time is where everyone’s like “alright I’m going to get a drink”. I know when people walk off the dance floor and I know what’s driving it so I’ve got to be the one doing it because they’re just not in on what 20 year olds are doing.
SOMETHING I ALWAYS WONDER ABOUT FAMOUS PEOPLE: EVERYONE ALWAYS REMEMBERS YOU. IS IT HARD TO REMEMBER ALL THOSE PEOPLE YOU MEET?
I remember a lot of people, but when I meet people and I’m stoned, I’m not as good with names. But I’ll remember my fans that’ll wait outside. There’s some in the bigger cities who are there all the time. I actually saw one kid, who’s probably been standing outside for eight years, transition from male to female. I helped her through that process—when she had on just the fingernails, I was like, yes! Get it! We’re about the same age, so you kind of grow up with your fans. Pop stars will have their favourite fans and [say], oh, you know her? I know her, too; she’s so cute.
ICAN’T IMAGINE BEING FAMOUS AT 16. WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU GAINED OR LOST FROM BEING FAMOUS SO YOUNG?
When we were that age, we so thought we knew who we were. When people say you’re going to be so different at 22 or 23, when you’re 16, you’re like, I’m so not! And then you change drastically. But when you’re younger, you’re more selfish, because there’s so much self-exploration; you’re in your own mind. I didn’t think about the meat I was eating. I would wear leather; I would wear fur. I was just uneducated.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HAD WHAT, I’VE HEARD YOU REFER TO AS A “GROWTH PERIOD”?
Literally yesterday. I was watching this documentary about dragonflies—they go from this crunchy little larva to this crazy dragonfly. So why can’t we do that? If we’re so smart and so much better than all the animals, and man rules the world, why can’t we just change all the time from, like, a caterpillar to a butterfly? I just don’t think I’m doing enough—which everyone around me would kill me for saying, because I definitely can take it too far.
WHAT ACTUALLY MADE YOU START YOUR FOUNDATION, HAPPY HIPPIE?
I relate so much to it. It’s very strange, because I’m not sexually confused in any way. I’m very much—the word is pansexual.
That just means everyone. It doesn’t stop at girl, boy, or if someone’s in a transition. I don’t see people ever for who they were before who they are right now. I think of who I was before who I am right now; that’s a transition in itself. Everyone is constantly transitioning. When there’s a thing you have to do, you have to do it. That’s how I got with [Saturday Night Live]; every time I was like, why am I here? I’m so scared. You’re about to be live!
BUT YOU PERFORM!
I love doing it, but sometimes, I’m like, Oh my God. Every few shows, you’re [thinking], is this real? It’s like those dreams of people going out naked onstage. [But] I do go out naked onstage, so it feels like a dream. Am I really standing here dressed as a baby singing to these people who are on drugs? My life feels so surreal. That’s why I’ve made a shtick of being me. Because being me is funny. I’ve made this weird character, and I think it’s really funny.
ABOUT THE VOICE-
I HEAR YOU’RE THE MOST INVOLVED JUDGE THE VOICE HAS EVER HAD.
They actually had to give me boundaries of how involved I could be. Seriously! Like legal boundaries. I’m like, Well, I’m out shopping! And they’re like, if you’re going to buy one person a rainbow vest, you have to buy every single person that exact vest! So I had to get reined in. This is a show for the people on it, the contestants. They’re not all going back to the SLS Hotel or wherever Blake stays. These kids are locked up without their phones, without their family, coming and singing in front of Joan Jett. It’s such a crazy experience, and this is their real life.
WHAT’S DRIVING YOU—THE NEED TO WIN?
I want to help these singers. [A producer says to me],”Shut the fuck up! You’re at 20 minutes!” I’m like, what are you going to do—kick out these two 16-year-olds from Arkansas when they’re still pitchy? If I’m here, I’m going to do it for real. I’m not acting; I’m not playing me. People forget that their actions make them who they are. So many people say, “I’m a good person!” Like, why are you a good person? To be a good person you have to actively be good. I try to show that how I treat these contestants makes me who I am as a human.
WHAT ARE THE VOICE CHAIRS LIKE?
The chairs are so fucking funny: 99.9 percent of the reason I did the show was so I could push the button. It feels ridiculous. It feels like I’m being that character—of myself. When you don’t turn the chair for somebody, it’s so confrontational, and I’m really not confrontational. So then I get really embarrassed and I’ll make it my fault—like, “I don’t know! I was high! I forgot to turn my chair!”
FINALLY, MILEY CYRUS TAKES ON INSTAGRAM?
WHAT’S YOUR CURRENT SOCIAL MEDIA PHILOSOPHY?
I don’t have Instagram on my phone anymore. This chick at the office, I gave her my password. I’ll send her a picture of me feeding the pig in a bikini: “Can you post, like, ‘Fuck yeah, pigs!’? Or, ‘High in a bikini!’ “I just don’t want to scroll. I don’t want to know what people are doing. Like, I don’t need to know who’s got a new music video and who’s got a new lipstick. It felt so commercial, like I was always getting sold. I used to literally post four times on the hour obnoxiously, but that was in a heavy art phase.