Miley Cyrus actually can stop. Despite the name of her chart-topping single, “We Can’t Stop,” the songstress has opened up about taking a break from live tours and taking a step from celeb events.
“It’s been a minute,” the “Flowers” singer, 30, said of her multiyear hiatus “After the last [arena] show I did, I kind of looked at it as more of a question. And I can’t. Not only ‘can’t’ because can’t is your capability, but my desire.”
She added: “Do I want to live my life for anyone else’s pleasure or fulfillment other than my own? And, you know what…”
Cyrus — who last headlined a concert tour in 2014 — revealed that she wasn’t sure if she could hit the road in the foreseeable future. The former child star even noted that the “traditional” cycle of recording an album, going on tours and releasing strategic collaborations “hold little interest” anymore as she’d rather produce works of substance.
“I wouldn’t erase my story or want it to be erased,”. “Having an interesting life makes for interesting storytelling.”
She continued: “One thing I wouldn’t want this story to become is a complaint of being a woman in the industry. I don’t need this to be a women’s empowerment story. I wear my empowerment at all times. I don’t need to profess it.”
Cyrus rose to fame as the title character on Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana upon its 2006 premiere. As the show grew in popularity, so did the Tennessee native. Following her TV success (and fictionalized pop career), Cyrus started making music under her own name. Her latest album, Endless Summer Vacation, dropped in 2022. The new LP features a hit song called “Flowers,” which seemingly refers to her 2019 split from ex-husband Liam Hemsworth.
“I never need to be a master at the craft of tricking an audience,” the “Midnight Sky” musician told the magazine when asked about the song’s similarities to her breakup. “It will set itself on fire all by itself. … I wrote it in a really different way. The chorus was originally: ‘I can buy myself flowers, write my name in the sand, but I can’t love me better than you can.’ It used to be more, like, 1950s. The saddest song. Like: ‘Sure, I can be my own lover, but you’re so much better.’ The song is a little fake it till you make it, which I’m a big fan of.”
Cyrus and the 33-year-old Australia native, who met on the set of their 2010 film The Last Song, finalized their divorce in January 2020. The Disney Channel alum has since moved on with Maxx Morando, while Hemsworth found love with Gabriella Brooks.
Miley Cyrus Talks ‘Infusing’ Her Own Style Into ‘Hannah Montana’
Miley Cyrus opened up about learning how to tap into her own fashion identity while still portraying her Disney Channel alter ego, Hannah Montana.
“There was a time when I didn’t have as much control because I was playing a character,” Cyrus, 30, told press “It wasn’t always about my own feeling but it was about what was best for the character. And as I started to understand the magic of Hannah is actually the magic of me, I started infusing my own style into her style.”
Cyrus starred as the titular character upon the show’s 2006 premiere on Disney Channel. The sitcom — which lasted for 4 seasons and spawned over 100 concerts, 5 soundtracks and a feature film — followed Miley Stewart (Cyrus) as she lives a double life and transforms herself into famous pop singer Hannah Montana.
Last Song star pointed to a custom-made Jeremy Scott dress from season one of the series — which featured patterns of different road signs and a large collar — as the first time “I decided that I was going to have control over what I wear.”
While the “Party in the USA” songstress revealed that the “fabulous” gown came from a brutal “four-hour fitting” on the Hannah Montana set, she gushed over Scott, 47, and his “loyalty” at a time when “no designers understood dressing a teen pop star from a Disney TV show.”
“But he did, and I think that’s part of her genius,” she added.
Moving down her fashion timeline, the Grammy nominee also detailed a more daring look from a 2010 concert in Paris. The outfit — which featured a crop top tee, leather shorts and four Beaumont belts from her “personal” collection — felt both “protective” and something that was “completely different” from her usual Hannah Montana style, Cyrus explained.
“This was my way of introducing myself as Miley to the world,” she continued. “I had been a character for so long, so this was the beginning of developing who Miley would be.”
Since taking off the blonde wig, the “Younger Now” singer has crafted an increasingly dramatic style evolution over the years, often making it clear that she’s not afraid to lean into shock value when it comes to fashion.
Cyrus revealed to MarkMeets.com that her wide-ranging style choices are specifically made to reflect her personality at any point in time.
“Fashion to me is kind of like flipping yourself inside out. It’s like wearing your heart, wearing your guts, wearing your values, wearing your identity, wearing your pain, wearing you joy,” she shared. “There’s something kind of childlike about it. You’re so fearless when you get yourself dressed when you’re a kid. You don’t think about what someone will think of you or what they’ll judge.”
She added, “It’s just about expression and how you feel that day. There’s a fearlessness. And so when I get dressed, I try to kind of think like my inner child and be genuine and authentic in whatever I’m wearing.”
When it comes to looking back on her time as Hannah Montana, the songwriter has mixed emotions about the show — but only love for the character.
“You were like a rocket that flew me to the moon and never brought me back down. … You and I have been through it all together, my friend. We’ve shared many firsts. A lot of lasts. Ups. Downs. Tears and laughs,” the former child star wrote via Instagram in a March 2021 open letter to her on-screen counterpart. “Hannah, I hope you hear me and believe those words are true. You have all my love and upmost gratitude. Breathing life into you for those six years was an honor. … I love you, Hannah Montana.”
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