Miley Cyrus has probably become one of the most outspoken celebrities of her generation.
Now she’s opening up about how the TV show that launched her career and sent her directly into the media spotlight as had drastic effects on her mental state.
Playing a teen pop star who lived a double life was apparently not all that fun for the real Miley. In the latest issue of Marie Claire the 22-year old opens up about how much her childhood career affected her self-esteem.
“I was made to look like someone that I wasn’t, which probably caused some body dysmorphia.” She told the magazine, “I had been made pretty every day for so long, and then when I wasn’t on that show, it was like, Who the f— am I?”
She said the wardrobe she donned every day gave her misconceptions about what was perceived as beautiful.
“You’re a pop star! That means you have to be blonde, and you have to have long hair, and you have to put on some glittery tight thing.”
She says that at the time she was still a “fragile little girl” who was covered in make-up.
Her mom, she says, even considered having lights brought in so to help Miley cope with the long gruelling hours she worked. Miley suffers from seasonal affective disorder which was apparently made worse by working on studio sets from 2006 to 2011.
Miley said that she had to persevere through the tough times:
“I just had to keep going, be tough, be strong. Everything happened to me on that set.”
Now, Miley has become a spokesperson for LGBTQ rights, is supposedly dating Victoria’s Secret model Stella Maxwell and she will be hosting this year’s VMAs. She’s definitely not letting her past experiences hold her back then.
She also talked about friend Caitlyn Jenner in the interview. Miley has dismissed claims that Caitlyn transitioned for fame, calling the idea "insane".
She said: "Caitlyn has to tell her story, because if she doesn’t, everyone else is going to tell it for her.”
which isn't surprising considering Miley was one of the first celebrities so show support for Cait on social media after her Vanity Fair cover was revealed to the world.