Miley Cyrus wants emancipation from her family

16-year-old Miley Cyrus wants to be emancipated from her parents, according to several tabloid reports. They claim Miley is butting heads with them – particularly dad Billy Ray – over her 20-year-old model boyfriend Justin Gaston. Billy Ray has publicly been ridiculously supportive of the pair’s relationship and has had nothing but nice things to say about Justin. And while that probably lessened tension at home, that didn’t win him any father of the year awards. But apparently that wasn’t enough, and Miley wants to be legally emancipated so she can be totally in control of her career and finances.

The Hannah Montana star is reportedly in discussions with her attorney about filing a Petition of Emancipation form after repeatedly butting heads with the parentals, Billy Ray and Tish, over her May-December romance with 20-year-old underwear model Justin Gaston.

Miley is looking into legal emancipation so that she can have total control over her career, finances, and decisions, a pair of scandalous tabloid scoops claim. Star Magazine insiders say Miley’s father, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, is beginning to have reservations about his famous daughter’s romance with Gaston.

“He also thinks Justin is a bit of a mooch and doesn’t want him taking advantage of Miley,” an unidentified source close to the Cyruses tells Star. Miley was left in tears after her dad ordered her to stop seeing Justin during a recent confrontation. “She’s totally crazy about him and isn’t letting him go anywhere,” the insider says of Miley’s feelings for Justin. “Miley told her dad to back off. She is sick of him trying to hold her down, and feels she is old enough to make her own decisions.”

Britain’s Daily Mail writes: “Although she’s only 16, she has been forced to mature much more quickly than most girls her age. She is dating a 20-year-old and is already a superstar, so she thinks it’s high time she started living like an adult. And although she loves her parents, she no longer wants to be treated like a child.”

[From Pop Crunch]

I can see how a 16-year-old in Miley’s position would want to be emancipated. It’s certainly not an illogical desire. But that doesn’t mean it’s the right decision. Part of appreciating some of the freedoms of adulthood comes from remembering when you couldn’t make all your own choices.

While teenage rebellion is totally normal, I still find this story surprising. Miley has always seemed to have an exceptionally close relationship with her parents, especially her dad. Emancipation seems to be a strong reaction to normal and expected family frictions. Hopefully she’ll change her mind or the judge will deny it. Miley strikes me as the sort that would go pretty crazy living it up if she could. I doubt she’ll mellow a lot in two years, but it’s better than now.

Here’s Miley shopping with a friend at a mall in Pasadena yesterday. Header of Miley with her mom and sister at the American Music Awards on November 23rd. Images thanks to Fame.

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  1. CiCi says:

    Hell in a handbasket, I tell ya.

  2. Anna says:

    Who wouldn’t want to be emancipated from Billy Ray and that mother of hers! To be honest, I’m really not sure she is only seeking this because she wants to be with her boyfriend the way she wants to. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a more mature reason than that behind this action.
    I know a few people who got legal emancipation at 16 (and one even at 14!) and for whom it was a great and mature decision that changed their life for the better. I say more power to Miley!

  3. vdantev says:

    And so it begins….

  4. Codzilla says:

    So much for the “we’re just a down home family underneath it all” proclamations. 🙄

  5. Annicka says:

    If this is true, I really doubt she’ll get it. A judge will realize she wants to be emancipated partly to be with her boyfriend, who should be thrown in jail for being with her, actually. Her parents aren’t stealing her money or making ridiculous purchases, from what we’ve heard, and really, the only reason she wants this is so she can be a little brat without her parents telling her “no”.

  6. Chamalla says:

    I’m thinking this is BS, at least for now. The Enquirer stumbles upon some actual scoops, but Star seems to just pull shit out of thin air. I don’t think it’s a totally unreasonable story, or one that would NEVER happen in the Happy Cyrus Family, but I doubt Star has it’s facts straight.

    In other news, it appears Miley’s lil sis has been to the Ali Lohan Middle Aged Charm School……

  7. Syko says:

    While I can certainly understand wanting your distance from Billy Ray and his achy breaky heartthrob, this is ridiculous. She’s 16 years old. That is not an adult, no matter how much you work in the entertainment business. God, I can look back at decisions I made at 30 and 40 and think now that they were immature. I can see her house now, filled with twenty-something males lounging around and teenage girls lying around on them, all with camera phones taking pictures of themselves with their shirts pulled up/down.

  8. DLR in Canada says:

    hmmm, most curious. anyone think maybe that “friend” of hers may have influenced her? i mean things seemed okay between her and her parents until guys like that jonas brother dumped her then hooking up with Justin. someone who goes around hanging her tongue out in public (that pic of her at the runway show looking like she wanted to suck Justin’s lollipop if you know what i mean) isn’t someone i’d consider “mature” enough to handle her own finances and pay the bills never mind look after herself. 🙄

  9. Kristin says:

    I doubt this story is true. But she is annoying.

  10. MC says:

    I’ll believe it when I see it, especially since I still think she isn’t even dating that Justin guy

  11. what is ever. says:

    Tish looks more like the 16 year-old in that dress 😯 , and look at Miley’s- quite sophisticated in contrast.
    I think (IMHO) how’re they’re dressed says it best about that dynamic. Miley basically is emancipated. She runs that roost, while her parents try to regain their own youth and popularity. truly, truly sad. I think Tish and Billy Ray are headed down the Lynne Spears road of celebrity parenting.

  12. ER says:

    Just because she can make enough money to support herself doesn’t mean she’s mature enough to handle the responsibility of being emancipated.

  13. Jenna says:

    That’s so uncool.

  14. drm says:

    @Annicka…WHY exactly should her boyfriend be arrested? It amazes me this knee jerk reaction to sexuality at ANY age by certain quarters in society…if we expect people like Miley Cyrus to function like adults in society, and then try to treat them as children in every other part of their lives then they are going to want to have the rights that come with those expectations.

    I had my own flat, a job and was completely responsible for myself at 16. And I’ve done exceptionally well, and Oh I was sexually active at 17 and guess what? I didn’t get AIDS, be rendered unable to have children or have issues with my sexuality because of it. Settle down petal…she’ll be right.

  15. texasmom says:

    I’ll bet there isn’t a teenage girl anywhere who hasn’t entertained the fantasy of breaking free from her parents. . . Miley just has the financial means to actually do it, unlike most teenagers.

    I can imagine her being in a huff about something with her parents and saying something like that, having it endlessly repeated in the blogosphere and nothing every actually happening!

  16. Anoneemouse says:

    Sounds like the typical teenage reaction to the word “no.”

  17. tigerlille says:

    If there is any truth to this…

    too little, too late, Billy Ray.

    Hopefully no judge with an ounce of common sense would permit emancipation.

  18. prissa says:

    I was emancipated @ 16 and it was VERY hard.

  19. tigerlille says:

    Maybe Miley and Britney should form a support group for girls with mean dads.

  20. KDRockstar says:

    May-December romance? LOL! More like, May-June romance. He’s four years older. Big whoop.

  21. Annicka says:

    drm, you’re completely overreacting to what I said. I should have clarified. If she is having sex with her boyfriend, then he needs to be thrown in jail. Why? She’s 16, he’s 20. That is statutory rape, and it is illegal. Even if she emancipates herself, that won’t actually allow her to be with her boyfriend because the age of consent laws don’t change even if you’re an emancipated minor.

    And I said nothing about AIDS or children. All I said was that Justin should be thrown in jail, but only if they’re having sex. That’s lovely that you were having sex at 17, so was I honey, and that was not my point. My entire point is this: He is 20. She is 16. If they are having sex, it is illegal.

  22. Vermillion says:

    WHY exactly should her boyfriend be arrested?

    Well, possibly because it is still illegal for an adult to be sexually-involved with a minor.

    And true, she is 16. NOW. Her birthday came quite some time after the relationship started. And, depending on the state, it doesn’t matter if the parents approve. If they say she wasn’t legal at the time, boyfriend’s ass is grass.

    I am sure that your situation was quite different, so to say that because YOU managed to avoid the typical pitfalls doesn’t mean that magically Miley or any other 16-year-old can. Quite frankly, you lucked out.

  23. Codzilla says:

    drm: If I read Annicka’s post correctly, I believe she was referring to the legal aspects of a 20 year old guy screwing around with a girl of only 16, not passing judgment on anyone else for being sexually active in their teens. What he’s doing is illegal in this country, whether someone agrees with it or not.

    Edit: Whoops, Annicka beat me to it.

  24. morgs says:

    Billy Ray (gag) was quoted saying something very close to ” I want to be Miley’s friend, the cool parent she can come to with anything”. Newsflash! Doesn’t usually work. What teenager didn’t get beyond pissed off at their parents when they said ‘No”. But that is the whole point of being a parent. Kids need to hear no. This attitude of needing to be ‘cool” for your kids is leading to a boatload of problems for our children. What happened to parental rules and regs.?

  25. A.J. says:

    Well, you can’t blame her for wanting to get away- if my father was Billy Ray Cyrus, I’d probably have sought emancipation long ago. He’s like Michael Lohan, only with a highlighted mullet.

  26. HEB says:

    Tell her she has to wait until the honeymoon period of the relationship is over to make the decision–then she won’t care so much, hell maybe they’ll be broken up by then

  27. MomInNH says:

    Someone needs to sit that child down and explain to her that first of all, showing your half naked under age body or dating an adult does not make YOU an adult. It just reinforces that you’re still a kid making childishly poor decisions. It sickens me that this little girl is parading herself around as if she were grown when in all actuality, she’s not. Not even a little. I don’t think emancipation is the answer. But you know what is? Sending her pedo boyfriend to prison, telling her *gasp* No every once in awhile and setting some limits!

  28. Cinderella says:

    Miley is still very immature and hasn’t a clue. She is a teen who is in a rebound relationship. Look at the “grown-up” way she handled getting dumped by that Jonas kid. Oh sure, she’s ready to be out on her own with her millions. Good luck with that.

  29. kate says:

    why wouldn’t she want to emancipate herself from her parents? it’s not like they are giving her any kind of parental guidance and she doesn’t need them for money.

  30. rbsesq says:

    I doubt the story is true, but even if it is, being emancipated still doesn’t change the fact that if she’s having sex with her boyfriend it’s still statutory rape. And DRM I don’t really care about how mature she is, etc., it’s still the LAW. I don’t know exactly how statutory rape laws read in CA, but I’m pretty sure a 20 year old having sex with a 16 year old would fall under the definition.

  31. SeVen says:

    Meh, I dont like her, but tbh my mom took the ” cool parent my kids best friend” route and I’m not a problem child. I’m educated, I have a job, ive got a steady relationship. you can be your kids friend but also give them the guiding they need.

  32. morgs says:

    That’s awesome Seven, some kids can handle that arrangement. But the majority can’t. She has highlighted her innability to prove she’s a grown up by acting like a child, because *shocker* she is one! Again, I think that’s great that it worked out for you and your mom, my mom and I were very much like that the last two years of HS when she trusted me. However, I didn’t behave at all like Miley, and I think she is in way over her head.

    p.s. my mom still does trust me, I was just trying to relate it to that age period.

  33. Rosanna says:

    Exceptionally close relationships with the parents are normal (and healthy) at 10 and from 35-40 on. Not in between. Miley might not be right but thank God she is rebelling! It’s through this process that one finds her identity.

  34. tigerlille says:

    Whoops, have to disagree with you, A.J. Billy Ray may not be the brightest bulb in the pack, but he is nowhere near the Michael Lohan degree of parental incompetence. For one, he is not a convicted felon, nor is he likely to become one in the near future. Secondly, he is not a media whore. True, Miley’s role as Hannah Montana has revitalized his career, but he does play a legitimate role on the sitcom, and he does have a modicum of talent, and the history of a moderately successful career once upon a time. Thirdly, there has never been any indication that he is riding high and/or abusing the money that Miley earns. Fourth, he is not a sleazebag, despite the questionable taste of the portraits Annie Liebowitz took of Miley and he. I would say that the worst he is guilty of is being kind of slow witted. But then Miley is not the brightest bulb in the pack either.

    I can’t believe that I just defended Billy Ray Cyrus.

  35. aleach says:

    ew haha look at her “mom” in that picture!! she thinks shes hot shit. im embarassed for this whole family. theyre a mess.

  36. spoonman says:

    Why not-get laid when ever you want to. Do drugs, lose your money.

    Sure why not let a 16yr old live with the wolves of the world.

    I hope she wakes up and realizes her parents understand alot more than she wants to give them credit for…

  37. Lauri says:

    Hope the judge quashes this one. Just because she has money doesn’t make her ready to be considered a legal adult. She needs to grow up first.

    It’s normal for a 16 yo to want more freedom. But that doesn’t mean they should get it.

  38. brianne says:

    Somehow I doubt this one is true, and even if it was, it’s extremely unlikely that a judge would rule in her favor seeing as there is no evidence of abuse physically, emotionally or financially. Granted they get a few strikes for letting her date a 20 year old, but I still doubt that would be enough for a judge to sign an emancipation order.

  39. Judy says:

    I hope it isnt true because she would be married in a flash to someguy that would take her for every cent she has and then knocked up because she is NOT one bit smart. Maybe boy crazy and crazy about sticking her tounge out and licking her lips for the guys but no common sense and her folks need to grab that kid by the throat and straighten her ass out.

  40. Judy says:

    If it was not for BillyRay and that mother of hers that kid would have zilch. She just wants to be abloe to hav e sex. She is not the brightest light in the socket that is for sure.

  41. BabySanta says:

    I think she isn’t ready to live on her own or with her underwearmodel ”BF”
    But maybe just maybe she should try it? Who knows maybe she’ll make it (:
    I’m still having a feeling that Justin is using Miley.. And poor Mi is so much in love that she can’t see it.
    And i won’t say anything about the parents..

  42. lauren says:

    i hate how this is happening to miley i like her a lot i think her music and her show is awesome i don’t want her going down a bad path like some other stars did she has talent. she should listen to her dad, she really shouldn’t be dating a 20 year old its ridiculous. i would hate to say that this is one of the stars i look up to. i hope miley gets back to being a great person she was before the vanity fair pictures and the other inappropriate pictures she took. its just not right. i love miley but if she is going down a bad road by getting emancipated then i don’t know if she is a star people including children should look up to. i hate that im saying this. please miley don’t go down a dark and horrible path. 🙁 😐 ❗

  43. mollination says:

    Aww, lauren, your comment touched me. I’m guessing you’re younger than 18 or so, and I think younger people NEED more good role models. You’re probably so used to seeing the nonsense that Miley has pulled lately (along with Vanessa Hudgens, Britney, etc.) that you think it’s normal. And that’s the part that scares me. It’s not normal to flash your crotch or date adult underwear models when you’re 15 years old.
    BUT it is normal for teenagers to feel like adults themselves and want to explore their individuality and independence. Hopefully that’s all Miley is up to right now, and just keep reminding her that you and the rest of the fans are in her corner. Hopefully she’ll make good choices, but even if she doesn’t it doesn’t mean she’s a bad person. It just means she’s going to have to learn some things the harder way (and maybe lose some fans) but at least you can learn from her mistakes too.

  44. Kira says:

    You notice that Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus (in one episode at least) both have a gold necklace with their names on it that look identical ❗ A little suspicious you think ❓ 😕

  45. Cheryl says:

    I love these teenage super stars who think the grass is greener on the other side… What happens when nobody cares about little Miley Cyrus, and she is a has been, who spent all her money because she did a better job of it then her parents or whoever else… Does she go home to Mommy and Daddy? Just because you grow up faster in “Hollwood” doesn’t make you an adult… Do I think her father is a little much, heck yeah, but do I also think he knows what its like to be on top ad then fall flat on your face… I hope she really thought this through and knows what she is doing and what it really means, and that its not over a guy, because that would really show her immaturity

  46. Noemi says:

    Es bueno que Miley se independice.