Pansexuality, Going Sober, & Loving Liam Again: Here's What's New With Miley Cyrus

For a 24 year old, Miley Cyrus speaks like someone who's really seen and done a lot of things. That's because, of course, she has. Emerging from the fire of lived experience and the success of Hannah Montana, Cyrus has forged a solid life philosophy. If only we all could master the mid-20s as gracefully.
In a recent interview with Billboard, Cyrus gives us a glimpse of the woman behind the elaborate costumes. She tackles a range of topics, from her gender identity to her rocky relationship with the country music fanbase. Irreverent, genuine, and honest, it's Miley just being, well...Miley.
Here are the highlights of the Billboard interview. Get to know this new Miley in time for her album, Malibu, which is set to drop on May 11.
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Cyrus and Hemsworth had to “refall for each other.”

After meeting on set for the film The Last Song, Hemsworth and Cyrus began an on-again, off-again relationship. Cyrus was 16 at the time.

In 2013, the pair broke up definitively because she needed to “change so much. And changing with someone else not changing like that is too hard. Suddenly you’re like, ‘I don’t recognize you anymore.’”

In 2016, after all that changing had stabilized, she and Hemsworth "refell" for each other.
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We low-key love her taste in interior design.

Cyrus’s recording studio, Rainbow Land, is described as having a wooden porch “painted in the colors of the Pride flag,” and an outside decorated with “frog planters, ­butterfly chairs, a hot-pink pig-shaped grill, ­sunflowers and daisies.”
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She lives in a manger, more or less.

Her Malibu estate is home to “seven dogs, two pigs, two miniature horses and one Australian: fiancé Liam Hemsworth”
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Malibu will be her most personal album yet.

Whereas Cyrus worked with collaborators for her previous albums, Bangerz and Petz, she wrote the entirety of Malibu's music and lyrics herself. Featuring songs about Hillary Clinton, women in the workplace, and her relationship with Hemsworth, the lyrics intermingle the personal with the political.

Musically, too, the album will hearken back to her Tennessee home: Cyrus mixes country twang with her usual epic pop sound.

Her father, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, says, “This is Miley leaning into her roots more than I’ve ever heard.”
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But don’t think she’s getting all singer-songwriter on you.

Cyrus wants us all to know that she “doesn’t listen to Ed Sheeran and John Mayer and stuff.” Malibu is “not granola.”
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Miley just wants to be loved by country fans.

In fact, she joined The Voice so she could hang out with country music superstar Blake Shelton, since "his fans don’t really take me seriously as a ­country artist."

Cyrus lists her country music credentials: She has a tattoo of a Johnny Cash autograph he’d written for her that says, “I’m in your corner,” and Dolly Parton is her godmother. Given these roots, “The fact that ­country music fans are scared of me, that hurts me,” she says.
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She doesn’t get the fuss over her “Blurred Lines” VMAs performance.

Remember when Cyrus twerked on Robin Thicke during a performance of song “Blurred Lines” at the 2013 VMAs? Cyrus thinks our cultural perceptions have changed since then.

“It’s a totally different time, and I don’t think that would freak people out anymore," she says.
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No, she doesn’t want to blow you a kiss.

Miley’s perfected her signature expression of a stuck-out tongue for a reason.

“I was so ­embarrassed to be on the red carpet and so many of those fucking disgusting ­photographers would tell me to blow a kiss, and that’s not me! I don’t want to blow you a kiss. I didn’t know what to do with my face, so I stuck my tongue out, and it became a rebellious, punk-rock thing,” she says.

That’s also why, for her Bangerz tour, Cyrus made her grand entrance from a tongue-shaped slide.
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She’s pansexual.

Just because she's with Hemsworth, a straight man, doesn't mean Cyrus also identifies as being heterosexual.

In her own words, she says, “Who I’m with has nothing to do with sex — I’m super open, pansexual, that’s just me."
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She’s in the midst of gender exploration.

Cyrus constantly analyzes her gender and sexuality. She says, “I think about being a girl all the time. I’m always like, ‘It’s weird that I’m a girl, because I just don’t feel like a girl, and I don’t feel like a boy. I just feel like nothing.’”

Later on, she describes herself as being a “gender-neutral, sexually fluid person.”
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Like much of America, Cyrus struggled to go to work on Wednesday, November 9, 2016.

The day after the presidential election, Cyrus had rehearsals for The Voice. Hemsworth recommended she not go, because she didn’t know the political opinions of The Voice’s crew, who hail from all over the country.

When she decided to go, Hemsworth recommended, "'Don’t go and get into it with ­people right now.'” In the name of unity, Cyrus resisted getting into fights.
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She bought Hemsworth a Mustang.

No, not a horse. She got Hemsworth a blue Mustang car. While certainly an extravagant gift, Cyrus has a philosophy on how she spends her money.

"I’m no Ryan Seacrest. I’m no Carson Daly — I don’t have that kind of money. But I have to believe that if you’re super successful, you reach a point where you go, ‘I’ve got enough houses,'" she says.
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She's challenged herself to go sober.

At the time of the interview, Cyrus hadn't smoked weed for three weeks — the longest she's ever gone. And quitting has't been hard for her, either.

"When I want something, it’s fucking easy for me. But if anyone told me not to smoke, I would have not done it. It’s because it was on my time," she says.
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She’s committed to acting on her political values.

In 2014, Cyrus founded the Happy Hippie Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “to rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable populations.” Happy Hippie has served 3,000 homeless youth in L.A., and 1,300 transgender youth around the country.

Initially, she set out to bring public attention to transgender issues. In her words, she says, “I started Happy Hippie because I never thought we would see this day where you have the Laverne Coxes of the world get not only trans roles, but female roles.”

During the 2016 election, Cyrus launched the #HopefulHippies initiative with the goal to “turn emotion into action,” so people who feel as strongly as she does are inspired to act.
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She’s using The Voice to reach across the table.

Cyrus is using her platform on the hugely popular singing competition to make political statements. Hopefully, she says, people read into her “sitting there after the election in head-to-toe pink.”

The same goes for not moving out of Tennessee, despite her political differences with the red state. She says she's “got to glue this place together.”