- Miley Cyrus talked about her sexuality and work with the LGBT community during an interview with RuPaul for the latest episode of his podcast titled “RuPaul: What’s the Tee With Michelle Visage.”
- The singer, who identifies as queer, said that she was “one of the only kids on Disney that would come out and say that I supported all my gay friends.”
- “I was young and no one really said that,” she added. “That was just always really important to me, to find what mattered to me.”
Cyrus, who rose to fame with her starring role on “Hannah Montana” and identifies as queer, spoke about her charity work and connection with the LGBT community during an interview with RuPaul for his podcast, titled “RuPaul: What’s the Tee With Michelle Visage.”
“I was one of the only kids on Disney that would come out and say that I supported all my gay friends,” the 26-year-old singer said. “And I would write these songs. No one could say that. I was young and no one really said that. That was just always really important to me, to find what mattered to me.”
“Hannah Montana” premiered on Disney Channel in 2006 and concluded in 2011. In 2010, Cyrus released her “Can’t Be Tamed” album and included a song titled “My Heart Beats for Love,” which was dedicated to one of her gay friends.
“I wrote it for him about how people can be judgmental, so I think love is the moral that have that I put into my songs and I think that’s important, telling people not to discriminate and not to judge and to just be open to the world,” she told the Associated Press in May 2010.
In addition, Cyrus got an equal sign tattoo on her finger in 2011 in support of same-sex marriage and captioned her photo: “All LOVE is equal.”
She also told RuPaul that being part of the LGBT community is also about “being your f—ing self.”
“It doesn’t have to attach to who you love, it’s about you loving yourself more than who you love outside yourself,” she said.
Cyrus’ comments about gender fluidity and inclusivity were prompted when RuPaul asked her about her “relationship to abundance.” The singer said that she uses her platform and wealth to give back to charities that she relates to, like the Happy Hippies Foundation that she launched in 2014. The non-profit focuses on “rallying young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable populations.”
During her interview, Cyrus also revealed that she had her first kiss with a girl, but the people around her at the time couldn’t understand or relate to her experience.
“When I was kind of growing up, being from the South, my first kiss was with a girl in middle school,” she said. “And no one could understand, in Nashville, saying that, or to my parents … So I had that relationship.”
Listen to Cyrus’ interview below (she discusses the LGBT community at 93:00).