Of all the teen stars out there, Miley Cyrus is perhaps among the few to have such a rough transition to adulthood, not because of something she's done, but because her fans did not want to let her go. She talks about all that and so much more in her recent interview for Lifetime's The Conversation.
Hosted by Amanda de Cadenet, The Conversation aims to be more than just a show: it wants to become the norm in terms of talking frankly about the challenges and obstacles a woman faces when trying to make a name for herself.
As its name also implies, it also strives to offer an honest look at what it's like to be a woman today and how various stars have experienced it so far.
Miley Cyrus was one of the guests included in the most recent episode, which you can see in full here
(Miley's interview ends at around the 10-minute mark).
Among other things, the former Disney darling also talks about what it's like to be trained to think and act a certain way until you no longer know truth from fiction.
She is referring, of course, to her Hannah Montana persona and to how difficult it was for her get rid of it.
“I was so trained in my interviews to be the All-American whatever, and then I realized that I was so used to saying that, and then I looked at it one day, and what I was saying really wasn’t true anymore,” Miley says.
“I just got so set in the same way of saying things when I was twelve years old… so I guess I just realized that my entire life wasn’t some giant press junket. I don’t have to be smiling all the time,” she adds.
She wouldn't say so out loud, but it seems that Miley regrets ever getting into showbiz: not that she regrets where she is today, but she certainly wishes she could change how she got here.
She doesn't like to dwell on the past too much, though.
“When I was younger, I really did want that, and now when I think about it, you can’t change it, you can’t go back, you can’t regret anything. It’s best not to. You’d drive yourself crazy. No matter what, you can’t rewind, as much as you want to,” Miley explains.
“And there are times when I actually say, 'Would I have done that now? I might say don’t do it, ’cause that isn’t going to be who you are.' But I did, and you can’t let that stop you. And one of my really good friends, she says, 'If you let your past be your present, then it’s inevitably going to be your future.' And so I just don’t want that anymore. I don’t want to feel tied to something that obviously isn’t me,” the star continues.
In the same interview, Miley also talks about the industry's double standards when it comes to women and how you basically must sell flesh in order to be noticed – and, when you do, if you don't do it “their way,” you're thrashed for taking it too far.
This episode of The Conversation
clearly reveals a side of Miley fans must have not known before. It's a must-see.