New MTV VMA promo photo. Miley Ray Cyrus revealed: ‘People have this misconception of me that I’m just one of these kids on TV and that now I go off and party and I’m just this ratchet white girl, and I’m not. ‘I work really really hard, I’m just in a different environment. I’m young and living and in LA which is everyone’s dream, you know.’
Miley said that she had considered dropping her surname and going just by her first name, but eventually decided against it. ‘I was thinking about dropping the Cyrus and just being Miley, but there’s something powerful about the fact that my name now is like a household name.. I’m living it to the fullest. Rather than taking a blessing and making it a curse, it’s just like this is what this name is now.’
Miley Cyrus defends Justin Bieber, saying she would behave the same if she were him. Miley Cyrus has stopped shaving her head and getting tattoos and twerking on stage and having a really ridiculously on-again off-again engagement to Liam Hemsworth and being a Disney star gone-a-bit-wrong for just about long enough to say that she was in Justin Bieber’s position, i.e. ’19 and worshipped and rich’, then she would go off the rails, too. For reference, Miley Cyrus is 20 and worshipped and rich. Completely different ballgame.
Miley: ‘Justin started as a baby. He had a lot of success early and he’s trying to adjust. If I was Justin Bieber I’d be walking around with my top off too. He’s looking good, he’s 19, he can have any girl he wants and can do pretty much anything he wants.. I think it’s important not to abuse it. but everyone does dumb stuff when they get messed up.” Oh! He also left a monkey in Germany! We forgot about that!
“There is no one in the world that hasn’t had their heart broken,” says Miley Cyrus, someone who has seen her love life discussed more times than her music of late.
The former child star, engaged to Aussie actor Liam Hemsworth (despite various break-up reports), is preparing to release her first ‘grown-up album’ since stepping out of Hannah Montana’s shoes and admits she’s nervous about putting it all out there. Heartbreak and all.
Talking about her ballad ‘Wrecking Ball’, which fans are yet to hear but she says is a song for “everyone to cry to”, Cyrus worries because “people dissect everything”.
“They are going to try and know who and what it’s about,” she says, as she sits curled up on a sofa in a white-washed East London studio.
Her latest single, ‘We Can’t Stop’, got everyone talking with its raunchy video depicting the type of hedonistic party scenes expected from a rock star and not a former Disney sweetheart. But Miley reassures us her whole album won’t be presented this way…
“‘We Can’t Stop’ was so chaotic… I want to bring ‘Wrecking Ball’ down to a real ballad and something that is really talking to my fans.”
The chirpy 20-year-old, who speaks at an alarming rate, is honest and unapologetic about her talent. There’s a reason why two years ago she was named #1 on the Top 10 Richest Teens in Hollywood, with $120 million – and it’s not just because her dad is the country singer Bill Ray Cyrus.
Miley courts controversy with just the right amount of headline-grabbing ways, while keeping her millions of fans happy, and she’s already got her eye on her next hit while people are still talking about ‘We Can’t Stop’.
“I think ‘Wrecking Ball’ will probably go pretty massive just because everyone in the world has felt that feeling at some point. There is no one in the world that hasn’t had their heart broken, even if it’s not what you’re going through right then,” she explains.
I ask Miley, who despite being ‘dressed down’ in a white sweater still has on her trademark-of-late red lipstick, how she copes with heartbreak – is music her therapy?
“It is like having therapy, it will be like a four-hour conversation just to write a song because you just have to go through every detail.
“That’s kind of how I wrote ‘Drive’ [another track off her new album], not about what I was going through right at that moment but things I had gone through, so that’s even harder because you’ve got to dig like therapy.”
And despite her new tough girl image, Miley’s not averse to shedding a few tears: “I always come out of there having cried and cracked up. Sometimes in the booth – I’m like teared up even thinking about it – people will say ‘we need you to cry on this one girl’ like on ‘Drive’… it’s stressful in the studio when it comes to writing those songs.”
From a first listen to a handful of tracks from Miley’s forthcoming album, it’s clear she has left the syrupy sweet pop days behind her, does she agree?
“I definitely think this record has to be honest and first impressions are everything. So I’m taking this as me being a new artist.. I want people to now know me as this rather than what they might have in the past.
“It’s not about my show anymore but people think I’m this person who went from being on TV to just like partying in LA and that isn’t what I do.
“I go out and have fun and be crazy but I focus when I have to do work, I’m the most driven person you’ll ever meet. I haven’t lost my priorities. I work hard and I play really hard.”