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.
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.
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.
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.
I started crying in my car because I thought about how Miley Cyrus sang "Boots are made for walkin'" and dedicated it to Hillary Clinton. 😔— Hannah Stempky (@HannahRoseStem) November 1, 2017