Miley Cyrus opens up about her sexuality and shares her support for the LGBTQ community in Variety’s Power of Women issue.
Cyrus, 23, describes the personal challenges she faced in discovering herself: “My whole life, I didn’t understand my own gender and my own sexuality.”
No label quite felt write for the “Wrecking Ball” singer: “I always hated the word ‘bisexual,’ because that’s even putting me in a box. I don’t ever think about someone being a boy or someone being a girl. Also, my nipple pasties and sh** never felt sexualized to me. My eyes started opening in the fifth or sixth grade. My first relationship in my life was with a chick.”
Being confident in her gender has helped Cyrus become more comfortable with herself, as evident by her engagement to Liam Hemsworth: “Even though I may seem very different, people may not see me as neutral as I feel. But I feel very neutral. I think that was the first gender-neutral person I’d ever met. 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, who came out as pansexual in July, said she better understood her identity after making visits to LGBTQ centres and meeting others with similar experiences.