Miley Cyrus: ‘I’m Not Hiding My Sexuality’

Feminist and LGBT rights advocate Miley Cyrus opens up about her sexuality, and how she’s okay with not having a partner in this new interview with Time.

In the wake of revealing that not all of her past relationships have been “straight, heterosexual” ones, the 22-year-old pop sensation and founder of the Happy Hippy Foundation (a nonprofit that rallies “young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable populations”) explained to Time that she doesn’t label herself bisexual, gay or straight period.

“I’m not hiding my sexuality. For me, I don’t want to label myself as anything,” she says. “We love putting people in categories, but what I like sexually isn’t going to label me as a person.”

Amen to being judged based on who you are, rather than being defined by who you are dating.

Cyrus, whose past public relationships were with Patrick Schwarzenegger and Liam Hemsworth (to whom she was engaged) continued,

It has a lot to do with being a feminist, but I’m finally O.K. with being alone. I think that’s something we have to talk about more: that you can be alone.

There are times in my life where I’ve had boyfriends or girlfriends. And there are times where I just love being with myself and don’t want to give part of myself away to someone else … I think that’s a new freedom for women, especially. I don’t know that my mother would have been able to be 22 and secure in being alone. But my future doesn’t rely on having a partner.

There’s all this pressure to define yourself sexually, but why? Our world revolves around sex.

She recalls her photo shoot for Vanity Fair shot by Annie Leibovitz, explaining, “Like, when I did this photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz when I was 14 or 15, everyone jumped to make it this sexual thing. But I never thought of it as sexual. Annie never thought of taking a sexual photo of a teenager. But everyone made it something it wasn’t.”

Cyrus undeniably has a huge following who supports her now and from the beginning (i.e. her Hannah Montana days) as well, evident by her social media channels (she has 19 million followers on Instagram). Her love for her fans transcends just interacting with them via social media, however.

For example, Cyrus once heard one of her teenage fans from Lansing, Michigan was being bullied for wearing a “Legalize Gay” t-shirt.

Cyrus actually called her, and explained: “Someone at the school who is an adult and seemed more powerful than her told her that she wasn’t supposed to be wearing that shirt at school. I just wanted to make clear that she had a legal right to express herself however she wanted.”

Time writes that the fan was so happy when Cyrus brought up the issue on social media, she cried. Cyrus felt a sort of responsibility to tell the story, saying, “Without Happy Hippie, maybe that story wouldn’t have been heard, and she would have changed the shirt.”

Just so everyone is clear, the principle of the fan’s Michigan high school clarified to Time that she was going to speak to the individual in question (who was neither a teacher nor an administrator) and that the school was totally aligned with allowing students to practice their free speech right (what we otherwise know as the First Amendment).