Miley Cyrus says that playing the character of Hannah Montana from a young age made it difficult to figure out her true identity.
The 28-year-old opened up on Spotify’s Rock This with Allison Hagendorf podcast about her experience on the iconic Disney channel show.
“The concept of the show is that when you’re this character, when you have this alter ego, you’re valuable. You’ve got millions of fans, you’re the biggest star in the world,” Cyrus explained.
“Then the concept was that when I looked like myself, when I didn’t have the wig on anymore, no one cared about me. I wasn’t a star anymore,” she continued
“That was drilled into my head [that], without being Hannah Montana, no one cares about you. That was the concept. I really had to break that.”
When the show ended in 2010, Cyrus said that she experienced something of an “identity crisis”.
She guesses it’s because she “had gone from being a character almost as often as I was myself.”
“I think that’s maybe why I almost created a characterised version of myself at times… I never created a character where it wasn’t me, but I was aware of how people saw me and I kind of played into it a little bit,” the singer said in reference to her 2013 album Bangerz.
“Like, when I noticed that people gave a s**t that I would stick my tongue out, when they told me, ‘Stop sticking your f**king tongue out,’ I would do it more,” she said. “When people are pissed, that means they care, so that makes you want to do it, too.”