Miley Cyrus excerpts from the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar: ‘My job is to be a role model, and that’s what I want to do, but my job isn’t to be a parent. My job isn’t to tell your kids how to act or how not to act, because I’m still figuring that our for myself. So to take that away from me is a bit selfish. Your kids are going to make mistakes whether I do or not. That’s just life.’
On filming That Last Song on Tybee Island: ‘I got on the plane to Georgia, and I was lying in my mom’s lap and crying and saying, ‘I’m so happy to be getting out of LA. I went out every night with my friends. I did karaoke. I danced. All this stuff would’ve been such a big deal in Los Angeles: Who’s she with?
Why is she dancing? I felt alive and real. It’s so much easier to know who you are when there aren’t a thousand people telling you who they think you are. I felt like I was really figuring myself out. Usually I have someone whispering in my ear, but I was on my own.
On her ‘Just Breathe’ tattoo: ‘It reminds me not to take things for granted. I mean, breathing, that was something none of them could do [Friend who died of cystic fibrosis & grandfather], the most basic thing. And I put it near my heart, because that is where they will always be.’ On being needle phobic: ‘It really doesn’t hurt if you’re thinking about the meaning. I could never get a meaningless tattoo, but I think that if you’re doing something that’s important, that’s significant in your life, it takes some of the pain away.’
On being insecure: ‘I used to ask everyone all day, ‘Do I look pretty?’ I probably asked that question about as many times as I blink. In Georgia, I got over it. It’s not because I started feeling beautiful; it’s just because I was comfortable. I was so used to paparazzi and the cameras and the ‘What are you wearing?’ and having people stare at me.’