Miley Cyrus: My First Relationship Was with a Girl
Speaking to Variety, the “Wrecking Ball” singer reveals that she didn’t understand anything about sexuality until she started working with the LGBTQ community. Though she’s always felt a certain way about her life, she admits she didn’t realize you don’t have to put a label on gender identity until the recent years.
“My whole life, I didn’t understand my own gender and my own sexuality. I always hated the word ‘bisexual,’ because that’s even putting me in a box. I don’t ever think about someone being a boy or someone being a girl,” she says. “My eyes started opening in the fifth or sixth grade. My first relationship in my life was with a chick.”
“I never related to loving being a girl. And then, being a boy didn’t sound fun to me. I think the LGBTQ alphabet could continue forever. But there’s a ‘P’ that should happen, for ‘pansexual,'” she continues. “Once I understood my gender more, which was unassigned, then I understood my sexuality more. I was like, ‘Oh — that’s why I don’t feel straight and I don’t feel gay. It’s because I’m not.'”
According to GLAAD, the term pansexual broadly refers to someone who is attracted to all genders and sexes.
For the 23-year-old, who is currently dating Liam Hemsworth, her sense of activism came after there was an uproar about her infamous 2013 MTV Video Music Awards performance, where stripped down to a nude latex two-piece and twerked next to Robin Thicke. Recently, she took it to a whole new level when she vowed to never walk another red carpet again.
“I think I just felt so stupid,” she says of the performance. “In 2013, when I did the VMAs, it became the biggest story in the world. I never expected that to happen. I just did my own thing. I went out there dressed as a teddy bear, danced with teddy bears, never thought about the world thinking that was going to be a bad thing.”
“It was making me feel like I was living a dumb life — like I should just pick another job. I didn’t understand my power at that point,” Cyrus explains, adding that she now sees partying as something she did “back in my prime.”
“People saw me as being wild, and literally all I do is I’m obsessed with yoga, I love hiking, and I’m reading constantly,” she says. “My life is so positive.”