Call it the Curious Case of Miley Cyrus. In some ways, the pop star formerly known as Hannah Montana has grown up a lot since her days as a Disney Channel sensation. But in other ways, she's just now getting to enjoy the childhood she never had when she was starting out in showbiz as a tween. Showing off a glam and super mature makeover on the October cover of Harper's Bazaar, the 20-year-old "We Can't Stop" singer explains what's behind her rebellious new attitude.
"I was an adult when I was supposed to be a kid," Cyrus tells the mag of having to get her act together at a very young age. "So now I'm an adult and I'm acting like a kid."
Growing up in the spotlight had its drawbacks, certainly, but it wasn't all bad. "My parents always had money, and I've always been around this industry, so I didn't have my mind blown or become obsessed with being famous," she says. (Her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, broke out with the country hit "Achy Breaky Heart" in 1992, the same year he and Tish Cyrus welcomed their oldest daughter together. Cyrus' siblings include younger brothers Braison and Noah, and three half-siblings, Trace, Brandi, and Christopher Cody.)
Indeed, the controversial star — who most recently made headlines for getting naked in her new music video for "Wrecking Ball" — has been around the block a few times. And she's learned a lot about who she is, and who she is not.
"I'm someone who cares about the real things in life," she says. "There are things that are personal that stress me out, but my career? That doesn't affect me. I know what I'm supposed to be doing. I'm not scared of anything."
That's evident in her willingness to take risks. Cyrus is all about pushing boundaries these days, especially when it comes to her personal style. "I feel like every girl is trying to have a beauty shot and prove that they're 'fashion,'" she explains. "But I can be in white leggings and a white sports bra and I'm on a whole other level of s–t that those girls don't even get yet because they don't know how to do it."
The former child star doesn't talk much about her personal life in the interview, but she does briefly reference her relationship with Hunger Games actor Liam Hemsworth. "I definitely don't have time to deal with a wedding right now," she says of their on-again, off-again engagement. "But I will at some point."
Whether Hemsworth will still be in the picture then remains to be seen. Cyrus recently stopped following her fiance on Twitter, and sources tell Us Weekly that the pair are "just weeks away from calling it off permanently."
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