Miley Cyrus said she began to feel ‘ridiculous’ playing Hannah Montana as soon as she had sex

Miley Cyrus recently reflected on her former life as Hannah Montana, the Disney Channel role that shot her to stardom at age 12, in a cover story for Elle magazine.

Now 26, the “She Is Coming” singer said she wanted to break out of the role when she turned 18 because “it felt ridiculous.”

“The minute I had sex, I was kind of like, I can’t put the f—ing wig on again. It got weird,” she told the magazine. “I was grown up.

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The fourth and final season of “Hannah Montana” aired in 2010, the same year Cyrus turned 18.
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“One time I went backstage at Disneyland, and Peter Pan was smoking a cigarette. And I was like, ‘That’s me. That’s the kind of dreams I’m crushing,'” she continued. “That’s how everyone felt with the bong video, but I’m not a Disney mascot. I’m a person.

One month after her 18th birthday, a video of Cyrus smoking from a bong surfaced online. The final season of “Hannah Montana” was still airing on Disney Channel, and Cyrus’ apparent drug use stirred up plenty of controversy.

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At the time, Cyrus apologized and claimed she was smoking salvia, a psychedelic herb that’s legal in most states. When a Marie Claire reporter offered sympathy, noting that plenty of 18-year-olds are hitting bongs “with a lot more than salvia in them,” the teenaged pop star disagreed.

“They’re not Miley Cyrus. They’re not role models,” she replied. “So for me it was a bad decision, because of my fans and because of what I stand for.”

Cyrus recently starred in an episode of “Black Mirror” as an exploited artist named Ashley O, who sings upbeat pop anthems and wears a purple wig onstage.

She told Elle that she never hesitated in taking the role. She told creator and co-showrunner Charlie Brooker that nobody else could play Ashley O.

“The character is me. They twisted it up the way they always do, but the industry is already pretty dark,” she said. “And at times, I’ve definitely felt like Ashley O. I still do. Making this record, I felt like Ashley O at times.”

Read Cyrus’ full cover story here.