Miley Cyrus Doesn’t Need a “Squad” Like Taylor Swift, Has Normal Friends: “I Just Like Real People”

Miley Cyrus Says She Doesn't Need a Squad Like Taylor Swift
Miley Cyrus doesn't want to be apart of Taylor Swift or anyone's squad  John Shearer/Getty Images; Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Zero squad goals. Miley Cyrus told The New York Times that she doesn’t need a bevy of models and starlets as gal pals like Taylor Swift. In fact, she prefers being friends with non-celebs.

“I’m not trying to be in the squad,” said Cyrus, who hosted the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night, Aug. 30. “None of my friends are famous and not because of any other reason than I just like real people who are living real lives, because I’m inspired by them.”

Swift, 25, on the other hand, has made becoming part of the squad a thing. During the wild awards show, the 1989 songstress took over the red carpet and stage with her BFFs and “Bad Blood” costars, including Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Lily Aldridge, and more, to accept her big win for their music video earning Video of the Year. 

Not to be outdone, Cyrus, 22, released a free 23-track album titled Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz via her website after the show.

Taylor's squad
Martha Hunt, Lily Aldridge, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Hailee Steinfeld and Serayah McNeill attend the Republic Records VMA after party. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

“People were like, ‘Well, she’s got some good people twisting the knobs to help her break out,’” Cyrus recalled of first starting in the business. “Now it’s been long enough where they’re like, ‘No one’s telling her what to do.’” Case in point: her wild VMAs performance on Sunday, which involved an army of drag queens, a song about smoking pot, and Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne shooting a smoke cannon through her legs.

“He’s everything in the world — you can’t even define us,” Cyrus said of her relationship with Coyne. “I am 100 percent in love with Wayne, and Wayne is in love with me, but it’s nothing sexual in any way. That would be the grossest.” 

Indeed, Cyrus and Coyne have grown so close that he filled the void left by her beloved dog Floyd, who died earlier this year. “This is going to sound crazy,” the former Disney star explained of how she visited a Chinese healer following Floyd’s death. “[They] sent me into a state where my dog was lifted out of my lungs and placed on my shoulder,” she told the NYT. “I pet my dog for like three hours…and let go and put his energy out…I really think, in a way, his energy went into Wayne’s energy. What he was to me, Wayne has become,” she concluded of The Flaming Lips frontman.

Cyrus’ quotes to the Times follow her interview with the paper last week, when she shared an opinion on a different female artist. After previously telling the NYT that Nicki Minaj isn’t “too polite,” Minaj blasted Cyrus on stage during the VMAs. 

“And now…back to this bitch that had a lot to say about me in the press. Miley, what’s good?” Minaj pressed after accepting her win for Best Hip Hop Video for “Anaconda.” Cyrus replied: “Hey, we are all in this industry and we all do interviews and say s–t. Nicki, congratuf–kinglations,” 

“Nicki was livid with Miley and decided to air her feelings onstage,” an insider exclusively told Us after the fact. “The anger was very real and not a pre-planned bit at all.”

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