Miley Cyrus says moving forward following the “devastating” Woolsey wildfire has been a journey, but advice from her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, is getting her through.
The “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” singer, 26, opened up to Ryan Seacrest about the loss of her and fiancé Liam Hemsworth’s home, revealing she’s turned the loss into what she says is “post-traumatic growth.”
“I’m in a really good healing place right now,” Cyrus said on Tuesday’s episode of “On Air With Ryan Seacrest”. “I definitely learned a lot. My dad has always told me ‘Life is a series of adjustments’ and sometimes we never understand what our parents are telling us until we start to experience life more,” she continued. “I’m starting to really understand what that means now experiencing something as life-changing and devastating as a natural disaster. It’s a really deep character challenge to see the way you react to loss.”
And the one thing that was left after the fire, as Hemsworth previously shared to his Instagram, was the word “love.” “Liam posted on his social these love letters that were physically left at our house. We had these big gorgeous letters that said ‘love’ when you drove up to our house and they actually made it through the fire… and that’s literally and physically all that’s left so I felt that was really poetic,” she adds. “You can always rebuild a physical structure, but that love that can’t be destroyed is always there and always stayed strong so that gave me a lot of light during a dark time.”
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It’s been a heartbreaking few days. This is what’s left of my house. Love. Many people in Malibu and surrounding areas in California have lost their homes also and my heart goes out to everyone who was affected by these fires. I spent the day in Malibu yesterday and it was amazing to see the community pulling together to help each other out in any way they can. Malibu is a strong community and this event is only going to make it stronger. Thankful for the all the great local guys that helped keep smaller fires out around my property. I love u guys. I love you Malibu. Thank you to all the hero firefighters around California. It’s going to be a journey to rebuild. Stay strong all. To help/donate visit @malibufoundation and @happyhippiefdn
And she says new music couldn’t come at a better time, opening up about her work with producer Mark Ronson. “We’ve been working for the past year and a half on the next record,” she revealed. “So I didn’t know the best way to come out of this blackout period, but it’s actually really crazy because I wrote this song with Mark in May before we actually lost our Malibu house and one of the lyrics is ‘This burning house / There’s nothing left /It’s smoking and we both know it’… it was like this strange premonition so the timing just worked out.”