Apart from being a The Voice 2016 judge, actress and singer, 23-year old Miley Cyrus is also busy advocating for LGBTQ and homeless youth. In a recent interview, the young star reveals her confusion with her sexuality and gender preference.
For Miley, being part of The Voice 2016 is more than just about fame. Entering the music competition, Miley has no doubt reinvented her image of a wild party girl to a more wholesome mother figure to her team. But the real reason she joined The Voice 2016 was to promote her foundation Happy Hippie which she created with the mission: “to rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth, and other vulnerable populations.”
“I am only doing ‘The Voice’ because that helps Happy Hippie,” Miley shares with Variety.
Despite being 23, Miley has found her purpose of making a change in society by using her influence and popularity. Admittedly, the pop star shares that she used to do things that made her feel like she was not doing anything significant. But after understanding her capacity to be heard after her highly controversial VMA Teddy Bear stint, the We Can’t Stop singer made good use of her popularity.
“It was making me feel like I was living a dumb life — like I should just pick another job. I didn’t understand my power at that point. People listen because of who I am, so instead of being embarrassed, I should say: ‘Fuck yeah, I got the microphone.’,” Miley exclaimed.
According to Miley, the reason why she started a foundation for the LGBTQ was because she too was confused about her sexuality when she was younger. “My whole life, I didn’t understand my own gender and my own sexuality.”
The singer identified herself as pan-sexual and added that she is not bi-sexual because the word itself is limiting. “My whole life, I didn’t understand my own gender and my own sexuality.”
The singer first realized that she is pan-sexual after attending a LGBTQ session in LA and hearing the story of someone who identified as neither male or female. She said that she saw herself in that person. “I related to that person more than I related to anyone in my life,” she said, adding “Oh — that’s why I don’t feel straight and I don’t feel gay. It’s because I’m not.”
However, even before that revelation, the actress reveals that she has always felt confused even when she was young. She even confessed that when she was young she dated a girl and though her parents never understood her when she was young, she always believed that they eventually will.
“My eyes started opening in the fifth or sixth grade. My first relationship in my life was with a chick. I grew up in a very religious Southern family. The universe has always given me the power to know I’ll be OK. Even at that time, when my parents didn’t understand, I just felt that one day they are going to understand.”
And true enough, during The Voice 2016, her mother finally understood what she was, through a contestant who came out of the open because of Miley. According to Miley, her mother apologized to her. “‘I’m so sorry about the way I was when you were that age and coming out.’ She never understood me until she saw that girl who couldn’t be herself.”