Miley Cyrus Covers ELLE, Talks Overcoming Depression, Split with Liam Hemsworth

April 8, 2014

Miley Cyrus opens up about overcoming depression and moving forward with her life after her split with former finance Liam Hemsworth in a cover story interview with ELLE Magazine’s Women in Music issue. She is also featured in an engaging and edgy photo spread for the magazine.

The 21-year-old pop star spoke with interviewer, 17-year-old Tavi Gevinson, who is the founder of Rookie magazine, and the interview was conducted in Phoenix, Arizona the midst of her highly publicized BANGERZ tour which has seen numerous videos and photos go viral, revealing her now signature provocateur moments.

Miley Cyrus was introspective in the interview, looking back at her ‘Hannah Montana’ roots which now seem so long ago, saying, “I’m really thankful that I started on Disney. I got the most intense training. There’s times where I wish I could have just started as a new artist, but the world has kind of allowed me to do that. I feel really lucky — a lot of kid stars get all crazy or stuck in what they were, so they can’t actually become what they’re meant to be.”

She began, within that context, to open up about her ex-fiance ‘The Hunger Games’ star Liam Hemsworth, saying, “When I went through a really intense breakup — you know, I was engaged — and when I was with him or when I was on Disney, the thing that gave me the most anxiety was not knowing what to do with myself when Disney wasn’t there to carry me anymore or if I didn’t have him.”

She went on to reflect, saying, “And now I’m free of both of those things, and I’m fine. Like, I lay in bed at night by myself and I’m totally okay, and that’s so much stronger than the person three years ago, who would have thought they would have died if they didn’t have a boyfriend.”

She spoke of her fervent connection with her fans, saying, “I have guys and girls that come out, and they’re like, ‘The only reason I’m able to admit that I’m gay is because you’ve made me feel like that’s okay.’ That is so intense, because that is a part of this generation — it wasn’t always accepted — and I feel like I am a big part of that change.”

She added, “Or they know that I’ve struggled with depression, and that helped them get over theirs. That gives me a big purpose — a reason to wake up in the morning that’s bigger than to put on my f–king feathers and my little outfits.”

Miley Cyrus was also outspoken on feminism, an issue she has addressed in previous interviews which have seen her words at times not taken seriously, to say the least, as some are quick to wonder of her stance on feminism even as she is perceived as perhaps perpetuating the exploitation and objectification of women in entertainment in general and the music industry in particular.

But undaunted as to how her words may be taken, she said in the ELLE interview, “I’m just about equality, period. It’s not like, I’m a woman, women should be in charge! I just want there to be equality for everybody.”

Lamenting double standards, she said, “Guy rappers grab their crotch all f–king day and have hos around them, but no one talks about it. But if I grab my crotch and I have hot model b–ches around me, I’m degrading women? I’m a woman — I should be able to have girls around me! But I’m part of the evolution of that. I hope.”

The ELLE cover and photos can be seen here. The behind-the-scenes video is below.

Pictures: PR Photos

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