Miley's advice to other child stars: Party ... hard!
Miley Cyrus took a deep dive into her past in a new interview, reflecting on her unique upbringing as she opened up about her "Hannah Montana" years and what it's really like to have the one and only Dolly Parton as a godmother.
As their conversation began, Cyrus first talked about using her wealth and fame for a good cause, revealing her earliest experiences with her own sexuality at the same time. Cyrus runs her own non-profit organization that focuses on helping the homeless and LGBT youth, the Happy Hippie Foundation.
"When I was growing up, being from the South, my first kiss was with a girl in middle school and no one could understand in Nashville saying that to my parents," she said of both relating to and giving to the LGBT community. "I was one of the only kids on Disney who would come out and say that I supported all my gay friends and no one could say that. That was always really important to me to find what mattered to me."
Calling her Disney alter-ego Hannah Montana a "total drag queen," Cyrus said she has a strong affinity for the show now. "I loved the show because I realized all these kids, especially on Instagram now, there's these young boys and girls, 10 years old, doing drag," she said, "and I'm like, wonder where they got that idea!"
It did take Miley a long time to embrace her past, however, as she tried to break free of the Disney label after her time at the Mouse House was up.
"From 18 to probably two years ago, I hated it," she said of her TV legacy. "Since the last record, my last record was called 'Younger Now' and it says, even though it's not who I am, I'm not afraid of who I used to be. That was my epiphany."
"I didn't really get to be a kid very much, because I worked so much, but I wanted that," she continued. "I'm not a sob story of someone made me or cracked the whip, I wanted it."
Cyrus, who said she was made to dress "like a pop star" when she was a kid, reversed her image as she got older. "Me getting to put unicorn horns on my head and glue Gummi Bears to myself made me feel like I was a child when I didn't get to be," she explained of her "Bangerz" and "Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz" eras. "I wanted to be able to wear silly things when I didn't get to wear silly things."
While Cyrus has come to terms and learned to accept her child star upbringing, she also acknowledged that others like her battle with doing the same.
"I have a real joy and happiness doing what I'm doing and there's some people who feel there's a struggle to break out of what they had and they haven't had that acceptance yet," she explained to the hosts. "I think that's because, I don't think they've partied hard enough. When you party really hard, you go, 'Look, everything got me to where I am.' I took a f--king break and I think everyone else is so scared to take a break. If you would take a minute and go enjoy yourself, you'd go, 'Oh, wow, my life is so great.' I really think there's something, a therapeutic part of release and let it go and stay up all night."
RuPaul and Visage were also extremely interested in Miley's family dynamic with Dolly Parton, who is Cyrus' godmother. According to Miley, it didn't hit her how big a deal Dolly was until she agreed to appear with her on "Hannah Montana."
"She went and sat down for the first table read and everyone was frothing at the mouth," Cyrus recalled. "And she just comes in with those amazing one liners and everyone plopped their scripts down on the table and she plopped her tits down on the table. She comes in, in full Ed Hardy -- that's the time, full Christian Audigier -- it was just amazing and incredible."
She also said Parton, 73, is incredibly old fashioned.
"She only faxes and I don't have a fax machine," Miley explained. "She faxes and then I get a e-mail of the fax and then I make an e-mail and they fax her. I'm like, I'm related to her and I don't have her phone number. We fax."
Also, no iPhones for Dolly -- as Miley says she still uses a RAZR!
See Miley do drag herself when "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 11 kicks off Thursday on VH1.
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