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

By Collin Gossel

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.