Miley Cyrus Explains How 'Hannah Montana' Damaged Her Emotionally And Psychologically

Miley Cyrus Explains How 'Hannah Montana' Damaged Her Emotionally And Psychologically
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Updated 9 months ago

Miley Cyrus got her start as the star of a hit Disney Channel show before becoming a pop music sensation in her own right. When those two eras overlapped, however, she spent time touring the country as both Miley Cyrus and her alter ego, Hannah Montana. Though it may have helped her career, Cyrus, in hindsight, doesn't think that kind of pressure was healthy for a young teen.

Cyrus told CBS about the toll her fans' demands took on her young psyche:

America feels like my aunt: "You know you've grown up so much and we don't want to see you grow up!" I think people loved Hannah Montana because it was real, and that's because I was under there. But what was hard for me was balancing everything. When I started touring as both – I toured as Hannah Montana and as myself – I think that's probably why a little bit is wrong with me now. I mark that up as doing some damage to my psyche.

It wasn't until the video for "Wrecking Ball" that Cyrus finally felt like she'd shed the Hannah Montana persona:

I didn't realize that it was going to shift me into truly being my own person. It changed my life. I felt like that boundary, that divide [between her and Hannah Montana] was very clear. I've learned a lot from people that have been knocked down about how to get back up.

Of course, the video also taught her how to deal with the sexism women in the music industry face:

I definitely got that women judgement double standard thing in a heavy dose. But I recently read Hillary Clinton's book and now I think of things in a whole different way. If she can lose an election, I can do this.

This isn't the first time Cyrus's love for Clinton has been on full display:

Fortunately, now that she's grown up, Hannah Montana is a thing of the past and Miley is free to be Miley.