Miley Cyrus says ‘Hannah Montana’ messed her up & she’s only now recovering

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Marie Claire released more of the Miley Cyrus interview where she swipes at Taylor Swift for getting away with “revenge violence” in her “Bad Blood” video. Miley didn’t see why she gets in trouble for airing out her girls while Taylor is held up as “a good example.” She made some excellent points, and most of the internet didn’t argue with her. Miley ended up sounding like the voice of reason, which was surprising to many.

This new batch of excerpts revolves around Miley’s somewhat twisted experience at the hand of Disney. Reading this stuff makes me realize why she rebelled so hard over the past few years. Miley’s antics are exhausting, but she comes by them honestly. A lot of people rolled their eyes at how eager Miley was to finish filming Hannah Montana, but her account of how she was treated is pretty shocking. More shocking, in fact, than anything Miley does for attention today:

On Hannah Montana: “From the time I was 11, it was, ‘You’re a pop star! That means you have to be blonde, and you have to have long hair, and you have to put on some glittery tight thing.’ Meanwhile, I’m this fragile little girl playing a 16-year-old in a wig and a ton of makeup. It was like Toddlers & Tiaras. I had f***ing flippers. I was told for so long what a girl is supposed to be from being on that show. I was made to look like someone that I wasn’t, which probably caused some body dysmorphia because I had been made pretty every day for so long, and then when I wasn’t on that show, it was like, Who the f*** am I?”

She worked for 12 hours straight each day: “Every morning, I was getting coffee jammed down my throat to wake me up. I just had to keep going, be tough, be strong. I would have anxiety attacks. I’d get hot flashes, feel like I was about to pass up or throw up. It would happen a lot before shows, and I’d have to cancel. Then the anxiety started coming from anxiety. I would be with my friends, thinking, I should be having so much fun. You get in this hole that seems like you’re never going to be able to get out of.”

Her current place in Hollywood: “I’m probably never going to be the face of a traditional beauty company unless they want a weed-smoking, liberal-ass freak. But my dream was never to sell lip gloss. My dream is to save the world.”

[From Marie Claire]

Miley also goes on to talk about her massive crush on Joan Jett: “I want to f*** Joan.” That’s also what Miley said when introducing Joan at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, and Miley has good taste! Everyone wants a piece of Joan Jett.

In all seriousness, this interview goes a long way to humanize Miley. Her parents let all of the Hannah Montana stuff happen because, well, money. No teenager should have coffee shoved down their throat in order to function. And this says a lot about how much the Disney Channel doesn’t respect labor laws. I never thought I’d feel sorry for Miley Cyrus, but there you have it.

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Miley Cyrus

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  1. Christin says:

    She looks better than she has in quite some time.

    Even though she is financially solid due to working just a few years, she was just a child. And I really side eye both her parents for pushing her into it.

    Of course, they’ll claim SHE wanted it from a young age, but I don’t buy that. I think the parents often push their own wants ($$$) onto the kids.

    • Dibba says:


    • Mia V. says:

      If she wanted to work, her parents had to be the adults and set a bar, not let her work for 12 hours straight.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        By law, she couldn’t have been working 12 hours straight. There are laws and practices that are set up so that child actors can’t work that long.

      • WinnieCoopersMom says:

        Maybe it was 12 hours/day with breaks in between. I mean, when did the kid ever do home school or have any time for social activities? I do think the machine is messed up for child actors, it uses them and spits them out. People wonder why so many of them grow into dysfunctional adults.. Disney and similar studios should not be allowed to push kids this hard and parents/attorneys for the kids need to take a stronger stand against the labor laws. I would never wish childhood stardom on anyone.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        “I mean, when did the kid ever do home school or have any time for social activities?”

        It wouldn’t be homeschool. She’d have a tutor on set.

        Another reason that child stars have a hard time is that they also build a sense of entitlement.

    • Darling says:

      Now can she stop being called a slut/whore/attention seeker ? She’s finding herself and it’s nothing wrong with that…I admire her courage

      • Shambles says:

        I’m with you, Darling. I said just the other day that I don’t think it’s any coincidence that so many of these Disney kids have had such problems. The Disney machine is scary. When you think about that, combined with Miley’s obviously lacking parenting and what she went through with Liam, I think it’s hard to blame her for some of her shenanigans. Her heart is in the right place, IMO.

      • Tate says:

        I have to admit that I have always found Miley very annoying but this interview made me feel for her. Especially the stuff about being dressed up as Hannah everyday and when it was all over not knowing who she was. Makes me sad for little Miley and helps me to understand the Miley of today a little better.

      • Majicou says:

        I think some people prefer that she had that perfect image instead of becoming her own person.

      • Dally says:

        Yeah because calling a woman who’s trying to work out who she is and her place in the world a “slut” and a “whore” is just so lovely and supportive. How nice of you to admire her courage.

    • REEEELY?? says:

      I’m so tired of these Disney stars being ungrateful for their leg up. The industry isn’t to blame, it’s the parenting that should trump everything. I know kids who would give anything for a Disney contract with parents who are supportive. She looks great on this cover, but to blame anyone other than her own parents is just ignorant.

      • lolab says:

        sounds like she’s inferring that her parents failed on multiple levels. I think it’s okay to expose the fact that there is a dark side to becoming a disney child property too, my teacher friend tutors a lot of them through the oak park school district independent study program and these kids are not getting enough structure for their education and only the most brightest, reasonable, and well supported kids she teaches seem to graduate with some firm educational foundation(she said Zendaya was one of those exceptions in terms of academics).

  2. Dorotea says:

    Ungrateful bitch. I don’t hear her complaining about the millions she got from the show, if it weren’t for Disney she would be working in a 7-11 in Tennessee.

    • Amelia says:

      Whilst I agree that there’s certainly a trade-off within the higher echelons of the entertainment community regarding work/life balance and financial reward, there’s no need to resort to name-calling.
      I’m certainly no fan of Miley’s, but to treat a minor – a *child* – how she described is atrocious behaviour by Disney, no matter what your income is.

    • GirlOnFire says:

      Like you? Would explain your angry and inappropriate reaction – jealousy is hard to hide and ugly in all forms.

      • Dorotea says:

        There are MANY women that spend YEARS in college and dont make 10 percent of the money she has made. Thats why I called her Ungrateful Bitch. I am not angry I am realistic.

      • Otaku Fairy says:

        Because only women who are poor by comparison have the right to even talk about their negative experiences.

    • Leftovers says:

      Right, because money is the answer to everything. Somebody sounds like a bitch here, and it isn’t Miley.

    • Icy blue says:

      She worked 12 hours a day and had coffee shoved down her throat as a minor child. I say her millions are well earned. Also, what has gratitude got to do with it. Her bosses got even more millions by exploiting a child. Tell them to be grateful.

    • Alice says:

      I imagine Disney made a pretty penny also. They weren’t providing charity.

    • Starrywonder says:

      Um what? She’s talking about getting coffee as a pre-teen and working 12 hour days. I feel sorry for her actually. I still think she’s kind of an attention whore though.

    • teatimeiscoming says:

      well that escalated quickly…

      • Kiddo says:


      • Shambles says:

        Ice Cube is the only person who’s allowed to decide who we call “bitches”, ‘member?

        Which was supposed to be a reply to GNAT, but I’m too busy working at 7-11 to form a proper reply, because Disney didn’t save me from my horrible life.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        True, we should consult him before any further name calling. I was actually sort of joking and sort of thinking of yesterday’s conversation.

        Can I have a Grape Slushie, please?

      • shi_gatsu says:


    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Should we call each other “bitches” when we disagree? How about “I find her remarks to be ungrateful and here’s why…”

    • E.M. MAXX says:

      AMEN !!!!!!!!!!

    • Cindy says:

      Yikes. Get ahold of yourself. Unless you are trolling, than I guess getting a reaction is your purpose.

    • KB says:

      What is wrong with you? She can be grateful for the positive things and also discuss the negative things. She spent her formative years, all of her adolescence, under Disney’s thumb. Have you never complained about your job? Your bosses? Would you think it was fair for someone with less money to call you an ungrateful bitch? You’d probably just tell yourself that you earn that money, because you seem like the type to only see things from your perspective.

      And if she doesn’t shine a light on their questionable treatment of their child stars, there’s no reason for them to change. Calling attention to it, is a good thing.

    • lolab says:

      Honestly, she made more money for disney than the other way around. she deserved what she made because her successful show spawned movies and merchandise and tours, and that was due in large part to miley.

    • jinglebellsmell says:

      Doreata I’d like to think that women realized long ago that happiness and success is not all about money.

  3. Jegede says:

    I do find it funny she called out Taylor Swift for revenge violence, and not Rihanna.

    Miley knows who to try.

    • Easi says:

      Rihanna isn’t held up to be the role model of girls like Taylor.

      • Ari says:


      • Jegede says:

        But Miley clarified she was talking about this issue of sex/violence in the abstract about society as a whole and not just about who is considered a role model.

        Rihanna’s BBHMM got more attention on that issue, rather then the mean girling / HS clique attention of Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood.

    • Allie says:

      Rihanna gets called out by the public though. Her point is basically that Taylor gets away with a lot of crap that the other pop stars don’t because she’s “America’s sweetheart”.

    • KB says:

      Rihanna has never tried to position herself as a victim. Even after the Chris Brown incident, she’s never wanted to be a part of that narrative. Taylor Swift has been wronged by countless guys, music critics, and other women. She is always coming under attack in her mind.

  4. Voiceofreason says:

    That’s awful how she was treated, but “never the face of a traditional beauty company?” Didn’t she have a campaign with MAC?

    • Kate says:

      MAC’s been mainstream for a long time now, but it still has an edge to it. Collaborations with Beth Ditto, Shirley Manson etc., having people like RuPaul as the face of Viva Glam.

      It’s not like working with Covergirl or Bobbi Brown, you don’t necessarily have to ‘pretty’ to represent them, just interesting.

      • Voiceof Reason says:

        I guess it depends on the definition of “traditional.” MAC may present a more interesting image, but they are owned by Estee Lauder, and a huge mainstream company that is sold worldwide. I guess I just don’t see them as that edgy.

      • Daria Morgendorffer says:

        @Voiceofreason, I get what you’re saying, but I think @Kate is right. I also think that when Miley said she’ll never be the traditional face of beauty, she meant that she has no plans on going back to her old style and she won’t be worrying about what she’s going to wear on the red carpet to please everyone around her anymore.

      • Voiceof Reason says:

        I still think its just… try hard. If she had just said, “I’m not going back to that image,” I wouldn’t blink twice. But she is trying so hard to make herself sound so on the edge. Just because you won’t be Covergirl’s next model, doesn’t mean you’re not in the mainstream. Also, isn’t it kind odd that her dream isn’t to sell lipgloss, but MAC literally sold a Miley lipgloss? Just an odd thing to say.

      • Daria Morgendorffer says:

        @Voiceof Reason, I totally agree that it’s try hard. As is her need to constantly talk about wanting to “f-ck” Joan Jett. She is trying very hard to be a free spirit and as liberal as possible. She is obviously very immature.

  5. Astrid says:

    Seems like a lot of the Disney kids got messed up.

    • Felice. says:

      I always figured something was up with how Disney treated their child stars since Nick’s stars seem relatively more stable.

      • Nicolette says:

        Don’t know about that. There have been many blind and not so blind items referring to the sexual abuse that goes on at Nick. The name Dan Schneider, a producer if I’m not mistaken comes up a lot as being a predator of Nick’s young stars. Most recent one I read involved Victoria Justice. I get the impression his abuse has been going on for quite some time. Why has no one stopped him and why isn’t he in jail if it’s true?

      • Felice. says:

        That’s why I said relatively

      • WinnieCoopersMom says:

        Amanda Bynes was a Nick star..we see how that turned out.

    • carol says:

      I used to work at Disney and make no mistake about it all their kids shows were solely about making money. The demands placed on the kids are the same that are placed on full time working adults. Most All of those kids are messed up. But the sad part for most of them is that their parents are blinded by the potential for fame and money and ignore how their kids are being treated or how they really feel.

      • zzzz says:

        that explains a lot…

      • Wonderbunny says:

        I think the fact that the parents let it all happen is the biggest betrayal. Children need someone to look after them and to put on the breaks if things go forward too fast. The studio is interested in making money and the child doesn’t have the capacity to be in charge of the situation. For this reason I have a soft spot for Miley and really dislike her parents.

      • Tessy says:

        But then I suppose the ones who’s parents do care are the ones who got taken out of there as soon as they realized what was happening, then they’d be the ones we don’t know of.

        I’ve heard horror stories about how the kids are treated at Disney, she probably doesn’t talk about the worst of it.

      • lolab says:

        yep yep–my friend is a tutoring teacher for the independent study program a lot of the stars use for Oak Park and she said that they are not given enough structure or time to do adequate work. She said the notable exception was Zendaya because of supportive parenting and she just made it more a priority, but that most do not have the academic support needed to be given a meaningful education. So what happens when these kids “graduate” with their mickey moused diploma then have their shows cancelled. Lord knows.

  6. LadyJane says:

    Although I do sympathise with her lost childhood (that shit is not cool) I feel she may have misplaced her gratitude for the millions of dollars that keeps her warm at night. Many, many children endure worse fates with no payback, fortune, career or future to show for it.

    • Aren says:

      Yes but that could create a never-ending loop of “this other person has it even worse”.

    • MonicaQ says:

      I hate the idea of “well someone else has it worse so you shouldn’t feel bad”. What, should I not be happy because there’s someone else happier somewhere else?

      I grew up in a house. I had food. My mother was also a drug addict and I was sexual abused. I wasn’t dodging bombs in Syria, I wasn’t sold into child slavery, but that doesn’t mean my life wasn’t jacked up.

      • Kiddo says:

        Sorry to hear that, MonicaQ. What happens in other places of the world doesn’t cancel out your suffering.

      • minime says:

        I’m sorry you went through all of that 🙁 I hope you’re now living a great, beautiful life!

        I agree with you that the old motto “someone has it worse than you” is really insensitive and actually doing nothing to help.
        If only all the kids (and adults) could just cheer up with a “someone has it worse than you” then the rate of suicide, seeking relief in drugs and so on would magically go down…I use to work with children and adolescents and many of their stories were heart breaking not always because of the content but because of the effect that it had in them. I wish people could be a bit more empathetic.

      • Karynne says:


      • MC2 says:

        MonicaQ- Totally agree! I’ve been thinking about that in my own life a lot recently. I never want to complain or seem ungrateful so I rarely talk about my crappy childhood & people around me thought/think I had it easy. I’ve always thought “sure I was abused but not as bad as…..” So instead I kept my mouth shut & soldiered on. It didn’t do me any good & while others have had it worse, I still suffered & my perp had an excuse because he wasn’t “as bad as……” This attitude helps keep abuse under the rug & people not talking about it.

    • Kelly says:

      This exactly. It’s hard to evoke sympathy for her.

    • Greenieweenie says:

      She’s always been wealthy, hasn’t she? If her parents pushed her into it, it was for the fame.

    • lolab says:

      Disney is not a charity-they got made a lot more than they gave to Miley, and miley WAS the reason Hannah Montana spawned tours and merchandise and movies and CDs. Miley made money for sure, but she still lost her childhood in the process due in part to shit parenting, and I think it’s good for her to expose the dark side of childhood fame, and the traps that await those children. I’m all for cautionary tales in this day and age where every kid wants to be famous.

  7. minime says:

    I like Miley…there I said it.
    I didn’t see Hannah Montana, apart from some minutes during zapping, and I don’t really know many of her songs (heard an acoustic one once that was really good), but I can understand that it must have been really difficult to grow up in this way. Puberty/adolescence is such a crazy phase with a lot of soul searching, trial and error and feelings of being lost are really a great part of the process. She had such huge pressure to be that person that they wanted her to be, who actually was just a Disney character…Meh..if the worse we can say is that she smokes pot and likes to dress in a risqué way I guess she got through it rather fine. I root for her.

    • Lensblury says:

      Ha… me, too! It’s official now, I like her. I think what I like most about her is that she comes across as very honest, and that she’s not afraid to tell the things as she sees them. Good for her that she’s finding a safer kind of perception for herself; I think it’s amazing she made it out the Disney factory like that. I also admire & appreciate that she doesn’t seem to hold back anything. You go, girl!

      • notsoanonymous says:

        I like her… ish. I feel like some of the things she has done are pretty strange, vulgar and unnecessary. She’s got some demons though, and reading this article helps you to humanize the woman behind the tongue photos and the constant attention seeking nudity.

      • Lensblury says:

        @nsa, I think know what you mean. Some things felt unnecessary… But then again, nobody knows what other people are really going through. I feel like I can relate to her, in a way. My childhood was like a cage, and when I moved out I started acting out even more. I was confused and all the anger that had been building up inside of me was missing its original target, so I redirected it and stuffed my anger down my own throat. I drank a lot, ate a lot, I was depressed and promiscuous. … I ask anyone who might reply not to bash me for this, but I even considered becoming a prostitute at some point, for the simple reason that I thought being submissive equaled joy, because that’s what I’d learned. I probably acted like a crazy person for a few years, and it took me a long time to start feeling fine or safe, or anything, basically. When I look back now, I think taking my time to act out was exactly what I needed, seeing how unhealthy both sides of my family are and how I had missed my entire childhood. Sometimes you don’t know better, sometimes you need the whole world to watch you while you’re breaking free because you don’t believe it yourself. And doing unexpected things can feel empowering. Btw, I keep forgetting how young she still is. She’s 7.5 years younger than me; I know what I’ve been through without being world famous, and I remember that I started pulling myself together around her age. So I wish her all the best, and I’ll definitely cut her some slack, even though my initial reaction to the foam finger & her rubbing against Robin Thicke was “nooo, why??”. But when you think about her whole career, I’d say she’s actually doing fine now.

  8. SypherMomma says:

    Hahahaha working at the 7-11, because her family had zero dollars in the bank. Ridiculous! She’s “ungrateful” because she speaks the truth about how much pressure SHE was/is feeling. It’s her experience and the public doesn’t get to dictate how she’s supposed to internalize it.

    Beyond that, she’s not the first adult to speak on the downfalls of being a child star, how can we in 2015 think that every single bit of fame is just the best thing 24/7.

    Good for her speaking about her experience, she’s done a lot for homeless and LGTB youth…paying it forward and helping others who may feel lost.

    • lolab says:

      my thoughts exactly – why is she expected to sanitize her life story just because she made money for a lot of adults as a child? Weird.

  9. QQ says:

    Sorry I wanna Hear This Tiny Violin Play for The Millionaire But…. i cant Over her own Braying ass Voice, This Girl annoys Me like NO Other is pretty Visceral is Not even Like the Messages are half bad Is Having to see/hear/practically smell Her That I can’t with

    • Redd says:

      Yeah. Not even sure I believe her. Supposedly her rebel Miley image was entirely crafted too, her MTV awards appearance especially, choreographed to every twerk and tongue. Why sign up for a dish of image control twice, if the first time was so bad? I’m interested to see how she is marketed for her next project.

      • QQ says:

        me either with the caveat that im NOT interested in seeing whatever her next stunt queen crap is, This girl is grating enough that I’m wondering it they’ll offer a Mute Host Caption option for the VMAs this year

      • Thank God, someone else said it. She tries to market herself as the Anti-Taylor, but in reality her”edgy rebel party girl” image is just as fake and over the top as Swifty’s–just in the opposite direction.

        I don’t like either of them, TBH.

      • lisa says:

        the thirst is real

        not saying she didnt have a bad experience and bad parents

        but she seems to really really really want to be noticed

    • Ennie says:

      I pity her, millions and all,, she had sh*tty enabler parents who let their cash cow roam free after work, but I still don’t like her.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I am not a fan either. Her voice, both speaking and singing, is grating to me. I feel like she has bigger issues she is trying to work through and she is getting through it by being obnoxious. I feel for her…but I don’t care to be her audience. She just reads as a kid acting out to me. Watching her feels like baby sitting.

    • WinnieCoopersMom says:

      I dont like her either. All this “I love her bc she is honest!”…That is BS. Her rough contract with Disney back in the day justifies all the trash she puts out there now? No. It’s an excuse. She is basically saying “I know I am a bit of a druggie wh*re, but look what Disney did to me!..Wahhh!!” Ok Disney has had hundreds of stars over the years that had to endure all that crap too..Did we see Hilary Duff or Selena Gomez go off the deep end and blame all their life issues and pysch problems on Disney? No.

  10. Swofty says:

    we Will see HOW THIS end. She’s old enough and has THE resources to do Great things.
    Hope she’s not just talking.

  11. Mimz says:

    I feel for her and for many of those Disney kids. but I also don’t think the way she 180’d after leaving that show is healthy. One can be free, honest, and have a life without being OTT about it. And I think she is overdoing it.
    You want shock value, so you flash your tatas every 5 minutes, you want to be seen as free, you smoke weed and flaunt it, you sing about it, you encourage the use of “Molly”….

    I mean, Rihanna did that a couple of years back and I also think she wasn’t doing OK. And she stopped (flaunting it so much) and she found a middle ground and she gained some weight back, and she seems stable, she looks great. She still smokes weed, she still parties and still shows plenty of skin but doesn’t do it as often as Ms. Destiny Hope here…

    I hope she finds peace and can release some of that sadness she seems to hold, and that she’s happy.

    • Dally says:

      But where was she supposed to learn appropriate ways of behaving or pushing back against a corporation who’d basically owned her since she was a kid? Her parents were hardly advocating for her best interests. People act like kids are just supposed to know how to act without realising they need to learn it somewhere. And she sure wasn’t learning ethics or morals from Disney or her parents. I’m surprised she’s turned out to be as articulate and normal as she has.

  12. Aren says:

    That was so honest that I could identify with it and it made ma sad.

    I have not been in that situation, I don’t know how I would’ve reacted. She acts like she exploded against her Disney image (as well as her ‘daddy’s little girl image’) and I really can’t blame her.

  13. MonicaQ says:

    I don’t care for her singing but I do feel sorry for most of the Disney kids. I think only the Drake and Josh ones got out ok.

  14. dax says:

    Save the world?
    What cause has she adopted? Is she standing up for animals? Speaking up about a liberal-ass cause so the little guys have the benefit of her celebrity? Showing support as a big-name donor to benefit even 1 group in need of help? Anything?

    I don’t think so. She has a party, a bar, and a club to go to EVERY NIGHT — it looks like, since she’s photographed doing only that over and over.

    She sounds phony, self-absorbed, self-deluded, and full of hot air.

    • Mata says:

      I’m not a fan of her attention whore antics, but she has spoken out about homeless teens and LGBTQ youth. She also started the Happy Hippie Foundation to support their causes. I think she really does want to make the world a better place, she just doesn’t know exactly how.

      • lizzie says:

        i agree. she is a multi millionaire with influence and her heart is in the right place- i think that is more than half the battle. with her resources she really could make a difference for some people and i applaud her for it. i’m sure she doesn’t exactly know how to go about it b/c lets be honest – she is probably almost totally uneducated (disney tutors? riiiight) but she will figure it out. the bigger her organization gets she can hire the brains and continue to be the face.

    • Kiddo says:

      Maybe she could get involved with whatever child star abuse cause that there is.

    • Josefa says:

      She started her own foundation and consistently discusses issues regarding the LGBT community and gender identity. Miley does her share.

  15. Dibba says:

    Her parents are to blame for allowing this to go on

  16. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    No child should ever be treated that way. I don’t think money makes up for it, though many people would trade places with her gladly. She had me until the last paragraph. I haven’t seen a lot of effort to save the world on her part so far, and what a pretentious remark. But overall, it did make me see a little bit why she bent so far over backwards to be “edgy.” She still grates, though.

    • Kiddo says:

      Yeah, but I kind of see her over-the-topness as a symptom of being molded as the perfect disney-kid. I think she just hasn’t come to THAT realization yet. Saving the world takes more than a platitude, (although you’d never know that by politicians). She is in the position financially and exposure-wise to actually get ‘some’ things done beyond lip service. Maybe she’ll get to that place?

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I totally agree that being squashed into that perfect mold would be very damaging and confusing. Finding yourself (to use an old cliché) at that age is scary and hard for an average person. This gave me more sympathy for her, definitely. And I hope she will save the world, God knows it needs it. My preference would have been for her to start a little smaller, but I get what you’re saying.

  17. lesbastardsmiserables says:

    God some of these comments are depressing. Try to see past your wealth envy and you might hear she’s actually making good points here. She’s telling us she was exploited by the adults around her and by Disney, I’m glad she’s speaking out about it. I sense that it’s only the tip of the iceberg.

    • Carey says:

      I agree about tip of the iceberg. Wouldn’t shock me at all if there was sexual abuse/misconduct involved too. Todd Bridges and Corey Feldman have spoken about it being rampant, child stars getting sexually abused in Hollywood.

    • anon33 says:

      Yeah, I’m not really sure how she can be held accountable for any of this seeing as how she was a minor.

    • Josefa says:

      Something everyone knows but few people actually remember: Money can’t buy you everything. A normal and happy childhood is one of those things money can’t buy. You only have one shot at that.

    • lolab says:

      MTE. Why are people acting like making hard-earned money means she can’t explain how effed up the situation was? Good for her for calling out all the adults who put money before a kid’s welfare, starting with her parents.

  18. Nell Graham says:

    Hannah Montana messed me up too. I will never recover.

  19. Megan says:

    First of all, if this is true she should be angry with her parents.

    I find everything she does and says to be grabs for attention.

    • Lensblury says:

      Hi Megan. My comment is meant less aggressively than it may come across; I don’t want to change your opinion or force my own opinion upon you / definitely don’t want to tell you how you should feel – but I really wanna know: why not be angry AND share it with others? I talk about a lot of things in my songs, sometimes they are really in your face, like having been raped, having been abandoned, about teenage anorexia and about the pressure to be a great pianist & a perfect student, all while battling depression and not even having a name for it (I talk about all of that in just one song) – and I really don’t see “truth-offerings” like these as attention-grabbing; in fact, I personally tell these things to create and share an empowering source of care and understanding for others who might be going through difficult situations as well. I think it’s a person’s freedom to choose when they want to speak honestly and tell their story, and I appreciate that Miley’s not holding back. It’s a positive thing to share a tough story.

    • someone says:

      +1 to the attention comment

      She could retire and live in peace off her millions at this point. If she was abused by adults then she could step back out of the spotlight and heal quietly on her own. But she chooses to keep herself in the spotlight via wild antics. She wants the fame, still.

      • Lensblury says:

        Hmm… Maybe I’m reading your comments wrong – if so, I apologize in advance. But yeah, what if she just actually likes being a singer? Why should she stop doing what she enjoys after she got to a point where she can decide for herself at last? I don’t get why she should sit down & keep quiet now that she’s getting more uncomfortable for the part of the population (and that part of the pop business league) who might prefer a cleaner image for a pop star.

      • Otaku Fairy says:

        She never said she doesn’t want her fame though.

  20. serena says:

    I like her when she talk seriously and stop doing dumb antics.

  21. jwoolman says:

    She wasn’t playing a 16 year old when she was 11. That was probably her age when she did the pilot- both girls looked at least a year or two older when the next episode was shot. The character was still in junior high. The Hannah alter ego was supposed to have started pre-puberty and aged as Miley and the other kids aged.

    There are laws about how many hours a child actor can work and how much time they have to be in a classroom with a tutor. The tutor is especially responsible for making sure those limits are followed. A lot of people had to be breaking the law for her numbers to be correct. She couldn’t have legally worked 12 hour days until she was older. She might be counting commute and classroom time, if she had a long commute to the studio. Maybe she was also taking music lessons? Or maybe her math isn’t too good…. 12 hours would be, for example, from 8am to 8pm or from 6am to 6pm.

    But I do think it was a big mistake to have her do Hannah Montana concerts at the Disney parks and then on tour. They showed footage of the park concerts when she was still quite young – she seemed exhausted. But whenever she was interviewed, she always insisted that this was her dream, that she really wanted to do this, etc. She seemed quite self-driven. When she was older, she was blending concerts with both the Hannah persona and her real self, since she was looking ahead to singing as Miley Cyrus and not the character.

    I had heard that she indeed was the one who pushed to get the Hannah Montana job – at first, they didn’t want her because they thought she was too small. She grew a little and tried again. Her father auditioned for the role of TV dad because he was there with her anyway, and they liked the way the two of them interacted. He was a good antidote to the Disney School of Overacting, I thought.

    Her father was quite rich and not a big spender, and Miley has always said that he paid for all her normal expenses, that’s why she was so rich when she turned 18 and had access to her money from the show. Her parents hadn’t been dipping into it. So I don’t think her parents were motivated by money. More likely they felt they were encouraging her to pursue her dream and develop her talents, just as other parents may encourage children to play sports or develop musical abilities. Sometimes kids push themselves too hard, and that might have happened with Miley.

    Just based on watching the show, I do think that she was getting tired of the show by the third season and then the fans wanted a fourth season which I found too uninteresting to watch much. The writers had run out of ideas by the third season… It would have been better for her if the show ended sooner.

    Anyway- she may have regrets now, but she seems to be selectively remembering some things. Maybe once it was legal for her to work adult hours, she felt more pressure and that looms larger in her memory. A weekly TV show is pretty grueling for the main characters in general. I don’t know why they don’t just go to a once every two or three weeks schedule on these shows to reduce stress in everybody.

    • Kiddo says:

      Meh, even with the timeline, or her declarations of her ‘dream’, how can we know what was real or not? She was a kid, and kids say things they are expected to say. Even if she pushed hard for the role, at first.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I have always thought it would be very, very hard to have a child who wanted to be an Olympic skater or an actor or anything that would essentially steal their childhood but also fulfill their dreams. How far do you push them or allow them to push themselves? How important is a “normal” childhood, and if you allow them to pursue something that takes that away, will they resent you later and feel they were used? How can you be certain they really know this is what they want when they are too young to fully understand what they’re giving up, and how can you deny them the opportunity to be what they seem to truly want to be? I don’t envy parents who have to make these decisions at all.

      • jwoolman says:

        Yes, I can definitely see Miley as pursuing her dream but then feeling exhausted by the effort. If she was really working as long as she says when she was underage, a chat with Paul Petersen and his child actor advocacy group is in order because it was highly illegal for a reason.

        I remember some actor who had been a child actor back in the thirties or forties said his parents always told him that he could stop if he wanted. But there were signed contracts and movies that depended on him – how was pulling out when he wanted going to happen? That might have been Miley’s dilemma – she didn’t know how to stop because it would have affected the other people on the show. But she clearly did want a singing career, she was taking steps to avoid being perceived just as Hannah Montana while still on the show. She wanted people to know her as Miley Cyrus. I don’t think kids should tour, though, it’s too stressful even if they want to do it. Disney and Nickelodeon do push their kid actors into music videos, music tours, and singles/albums even when they are poor singers (digitally enhanced/ magic microphone) because it’s a way to squeeze more money out of the kid audience while they can. But Miley obviously did want to do it and had real talent that grew. She needed help slowing down, most likely.

    • Jen43 says:

      I agree with everything you said. HM definitely ran too long. She seemed desperate to break free from it. I also remember reading that she pushed hard for the role. I think her memory may be selective. Miley was probably damaged from the experience, but she also reaped huge benefits. I wish her luck. She has a good heart.

    • Colette says:

      Coincidentally,I just watched her documentary on MTV,she said she had school 4hrs and worked 8 hrs a day.I have never been a fan but after watching that doc,I like her.She had a strong work ethic and was really serious about her art,her vision.I also like that she works with LGBT and homeless charities

      • Lensblury says:

        I watched that, too, and I admired her. Maybe for all the wrong reasons, like for her extreme work ethic and her extreme drive that seemed very unhealthy, but I liked her. She seemed like she was way more in control of her own career than any other former Disney kids, and I thought, “wow, what a tough young woman! that girl really got a lot of power in her”. It also filled me with a bit of empowering second-hand pride to watch her being so sincere about going after her dreams and being in charge of her own moves.

    • Wren says:

      Perhaps she regrets it. Maybe it really was her dream at the time and she really did want to do it, but now realizes that her childhood was stolen by it and it may not feel worth it to her. Remember what you fervently desired when you were 11, then imagine if you could have had that. Would it have been the best thing for you in the long run? Maybe so, maybe not. Likely she didn’t realize what she was getting herself into (because she was a kid), and then got swept along in the Disney machine.

      I do feel sorry for her, she sounds like she’s full of a lot of regret. I’m sure the experience really did damage her. She still bugs me because she’s So Much all the time and far from “being herself” she seems to be out on a mission to prove how unique, wild, crazy and different she is, but whatever. I’ve met a lot of people like that and it seems like they’re covering a lot of pain.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Omg, I’d be married to Davey Jones of The Monkeys and professional roller skater. 😁

      • Linn says:


        I bet Britney really, really wanted to be a singer and join the Mickey Mouse Club when she was younger and look what it brought her.

        Many adults don’t really understand what they get into with the whole entertainment industry, get overwhelmed and end up terrible unhappy.
        How can we expect children to see so far into the future and chose what’s right for them in the long run.

      • MonicaQ says:

        I wanted Trill spot tattoos and to fight in the Dominion War. Also a lightsaber. And a tiger. I’m glad I wasn’t allowed a tattoo gun, welding materials, and an exotic animal license at 11, yeesh.

      • jwoolman says:

        GNAT – Do you get AntennaTV? They run some Monkees episodes on the weekends…

      • Lensblury says:

        I’d be married to Leo DiCaprio or (rest in peace) Jonathan Brandis… 19 years later I’m truly baffled by how it all turned out.

    • Keaton says:

      Good comment. I think you nailed it.
      The only thing I’ll add is that I think Miley is an extreme person and that may be the reason for her issues. It’s not just Disney to blame. I think perhaps she needs to do some self-reflection too.

    • Greenieweenie says:

      Good comment. I think it’s important to remember, though, that kids aren’t able to evaluate situations as if they were adults. She might have insisted it was her dream, but that doesn’t justify adults pushing her too hard. I don’t think anyone should work that hard as an adolescent for any reason. You are only young once.

    • lolab says:

      As I mentioned above, my friend tutors a lot of these kids through a public school district independent program based in Ventura County. She is the first one to say that these same kids are not getting the time OR support for a proper education that will be a solid foundation for future academic pursuits. There are exceptions, my friend has spoken very highly of Zendaya for having supportive parents and a strong academic work ethic, but she is the exception to the rule. Most are prioritizing their jobs first, jobs that dry up once the show cancels and they age out at 18 with a crap education. No worries for Disney though they just harvest some new kids until they age out too.

  22. Grace says:

    I love Miley. I love celebs who are unafraid of not being America’s sweetheart. All of them are so desperate to be loved and approved of that they become so boring and robotic. You might not approve of the things Miley does on stage (of off), but she has her sh#t together and she sin’t going to be bullied into acting like a nice, ‘classy’ girl just to please the internet mafia.

    I also love that she isn’t afraid to call Taylor Swift out. It’s almost death to your career to openly criticize Swiftie (unless she’s talking about race) , so to have somebody do it who has no agenda (like Katy Perry) is interesting. I like that Miley doesn’t care who you are, VIP or some random on the internet. If you piss her off she’s gonna come at you – remember when she called Katy Perry out for the comment about not knowing where her mouth has been!! Katy was like ‘uhoh… gonna back away from this right now!’

    We need girls like Miley and Kristen Stewart. No matter if you ‘approve’ of them or not, they are independent women who play by their own rules and do not care to be packaged or shamed by anyone. It’s no coincidence that both of them have Joan Jett as a mentor! Joanie fought her own corner years ago and it took a long time for her to get respect for it, but she did!

    • Otaku Fairy says:

      “I love celebs who are unafraid of not being America’s sweetheart. All of them are so desperate to be loved and approved of that they become so boring and robotic. You might not approve of the things Miley does on stage (of off), but she has her sh#t together and she sin’t going to be bullied into acting like a nice, ‘classy’ girl just to please the internet mafia.”

      +1000 to everything you said here!

  23. ladyg says:

    Why do people hate Miley again? Because she is too sexual, or something? Not immodest enough? Too out spoken?

    I’ve always liked her.

    • Kiddo says:

      I like her too, but she gets annoying at times with her attention-seeking. I find that people who are over-exposed (not clothes-wise) begin to wear on the tolerance of the public. She hasn’t been in your face as much lately, so it hasn’t reached critical mass, (yet?), this round.

      • ladyg says:

        Makes sense. Yeah, I suppose over-exposure is a potential pitfall for most “staahhhhs.” I guess her latest stint of “in yo face” didn’t effect me, because I didn’t pay attention to all the heat and blow-back surrounding that Robin Thicke “scandal”– because I thought the whole thing was OTT pearl-clutchy on the part of the media (and people), so I just didn’t pay attention.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      She has a very loud and brash personality and seems to need constant attention. She does things that have been done a thousand times and thinks she invented them. Some people like that and some don’t. I wouldn’t be bothered to have emotions about her one way or the other, but if I had a choice of sitting beside her on a long bus trip and not, I’d probably choose not.

      • Kiddo says:

        I’m trying to think of a celeb that I could endure on a long bus trip but I’m coming up blank. Who is REALLY quiet? Fake baby is about the only one who wouldn’t talk about themselves for the whole trip. Maybe someone funny, at least?

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Jason Momoa? He would be real quiet if he was sitting next to me and I kept trying to stick my tongue down his throat.

      • Kiddo says:

        I know, I have the hotz for him too, but then in real life, he might be boring, dumb or have bad breath and stinky feet. I wouldn’t want to ruin that perfect vision in my head.

      • AcidRock says:

        Haha, Momoa is a good pick! Several straight hours of silence (well, other than moans, groans, sighs, etc.) is definitely doable with him! 🙂

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Yeah, I watched an interview with him and he wasn’t dumb as a rock or anything, but I decided not to watch any more of his interviews.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        What GoodNames said…also, she was also very cruel to a sweet kid I knew. Bullying 8 year olds doesn’t leave a good impression on me.

      • Tara says:

        I had a dream I caught a ride with Benicio Del Toro in a panel van he was driving down from Seattle to Tucson. Dream del toro was very chill. He smoked and drank rest stop coffee while I sat on the floor behind his seat and read.

    • Josefa says:

      I love Miley too. I can understand why her attention-whoring antics tire people, but I personally dont mind them. Miley’s very honest about who she is and I like that.

    • Otaku Fairy says:

      Her attention-seeking doesn’t bother me because 1.) That’s what being a celebrity is all about- being a paid attention-seeker. Less attention = Less celebrity. They’re all ‘guilty’ of attention-seeking and 2.) I don’t see attention-seeking as a bad thing, as long as long as the person isn’t intentionally harming someone in order to get it.

      You’re right that a lot of the hate she has gotten over the years is due to her lack of female modesty, but not all of the dislike of her is because of that. Some people dislike her for non-misogynistic reasons, like finding her overrated or not liking her music. For some it’s over problematic things she has done and said, like her cultural appropriation and her response to Sinead O’Connor’s (also problematic) letters.

      She can be both annoying and interesting. I like her too, the things she speaks up for, and I like seeing how this immodest, unladylike, flawed, seemingly-well -intentioned woman my age who just won’t sit down, be quiet, and be a lady is getting so much of the public’s attention.

      • ladyg says:

        Josefa and Otaku: agreed. It’s funny, Otaku, I was just thinking about how the whole celebrity game is about attention seeking and neediness — yet only some celebs get called out for it. I’ll have to look into those other issues you mentioned (I hadn’t realized there had been some genuine dust-ups). Not sure they’d make me dislike her, just because she is still soooooo young, and has much learning to do.

        I like what Lainey had to say about Miley, today, too. It’s similar to what I think you’re saying, Otaku: Good on Miley for speaking up. She’s talking; she’s working through it — and that is a healthy thing.

        I’ve never been a fan of prissy people, fronting people or overly demur people. I like my peoples messy and raw and self-reflective and willing to change. I like Miley.

  24. meme says:

    I’m sorry. I missed the part where she was physically forced to work on Hannah Montana. Bet she sure does like having all that money.

    • Linn says:

      Why do you think children have legal guardians? Because they usually want and do what is best for them in the long run?

    • Josefa says:

      Are you seriously holding her responsible for decissions she made when she was 12 years old?

  25. Lucy says:

    I respect and understand her a lot more after reading this. She is not the first person to tell this sort of stories, and sadly, I doubt she’ll be the last.

  26. kri says:

    Miley’s antics get on my nerves, and yes, she got tons of money for “hannah Montana” but…as we have seen with Cosby and others, there are a ton of predators in H’wood, alot of them behind the scenes and preying on kids. Certain pool parties, people like jimmy’s sick. If I had a kid in the industry they would never be out of my sight. Look what happened to Amanda Bynes. And as thirsty and grating as Miley can be, I think she is very human. Maybe she will grow up and into the person she wants to be. I hope so. Someone in her position has a chance to do alot of good.

    • laurie says:

      H’wood predators are nothing new. Her parents knew that. EVEN as a KID, she must have known that after a while. Nobody forced her to keep working for Disney.

      She’s been given a lot. To those who’ve been given a lot, much is expected.

      Money is all that matters to her — that’s clear. So many causes out there and what does she do? Speak about things she cares about? Yeah, maybe.

      Donate? That’s not in her vocabulary. Actions speak louder.

      • Otaku Fairy says:

        “Money is all that matters to her — that’s clear.”

        Why, because she’s rich and famous?

        ” So many causes out there and what does she do? Speak about things she cares about? Yeah, maybe.

        Donate? That’s not in her vocabulary. Actions speak louder.”

        Actually, she’s done both over the years- speaking out and donating. YOU just don’t know about it.

      • lolab says:

        I say rip on the parents all you want, but it’s pretty hard to make an argument that she should have used her alleged free will to walk away from a written contract. Obviously, kid stars are often manipulated by adults to do what’s asked of them. That’s why kid stars are so effed up–they have adults who will tell them whatever it takes for them to finish a long work day, including blowing air up their ass about how special and adult like they are. She was not “given” a lot either out of the charity minded folks at Disney, she worked her minor ass off and earned it.

  27. lucy2 says:

    I feel bad for her in regards to her childhood, and that blame lies with her parents for allowing it to happen. When all of it started, she was way too young to understand all of it, and they sold her out.
    I hope she gets her act together and stops the desperate cries for attention. I find her super annoying, but I don’t think she’s a bad person, and it would be nice to see her come out of it all OK.

  28. Taylor says:

    No Miley, you messed yourself up. And if you really want to be secure the whole “bad girl” image, how about criticizing someone other than Taylor Swift who is unlikely to come after you in return? Go after someone like Rihanna if you want people to take you seriously. But no, you’d never do that because it’s all just an act. A pathetic one at that.

    • Otaku Fairy says:

      Oh please, Taylor Swift is not some defenseless little innocent who never goes after anybody. She’s lashed out at many people, and her friends in the industry have done so for her as well. Miley lightly criticizing the work of this untouchable, powerful, acceptable woman in the entertainment industry as an example of peoples’ tolerance of violence vs. sexuality does not make her ‘pathetic’ or ‘an act.’ Rihanna is not on the same type of pedestal that Taylor is, so Miley made the right comparison for her point. If she had directed her criticism at Rihanna rather than Taylor, her point would have been lost.

  29. Naddie says:

    I’m not a fan, but I think her behavior is genuine. She’s been held up for too long, now she’s experiencing the opposite of what they told her to be. The person who said that “every excess is a way to make up for something” made no mistake, and that’s what I see in Miley. The problem is that every extreme backfires eventually, so I hope she keeps real friends to help her out when she needs.

  30. Priscila says:

    She is going for sympathy here. All her moves are very calculating. She was not 11 years old for all the Hannah Montana run as she makes sound like. Everything she is blaming on the show is basically what almost all teeanger girl experiences: insecurity, not being sure of oneself etc. The only thing out of ordinary here is that she and her family earned millions to be on TV during her teens.

    I would feel sorry for her if she had gone out of the pop business entirely, if she really just wanted to have tattoos, date women and men and be in a band. But no, she decided to stay and re-invent herself as the “bad girl of pop” , which is basically what she had to do to survive in a industry where a woman has to basically show her titties to sell songs.

    I have to say, I feel all the gossip and entertainment 10827 are pretty much sold on her strategy, and nobody calls it for what it is.

    • Otaku Fairy says:

      She was 11 or 12 when she started and it ended two months after she turned 18. And there was most definitely a contract involved. So yes, she was still underage during most of the time she was on Hannah Montana and likely still under contract a little bit after that.

      I also disagree with your idea that a woman ‘has to’ show her titties to sell songs. Not saying that the pressure to be sexy in Hollywood isn’t very real, but the idea that flashing the titties and playing with a ‘rebellious bad girl image’ is something that no woman actually wants to try but only surrenders to because otherwise her music won’t sell would be a more believable claim if every female singer was flashing her titties and being the rebellious bad girl. But only a handful of them are doing it right now.

  31. Freddy Spaghetti says:

    I have no doubt that being in the Disney meat grinder was bad, but I’m reserving judgement on her being anything other than thirsty (and very successful because of it) until after she hosts the VMAs.

  32. Marine says:

    Hey America , when are you going to sign ” The international children’s right convention” because what disney did would have been illegal then ! The U.S.A are the only western country not to have signed this convention!

  33. vilebody says:

    Ugh, I just can’t.
    Newsflash: plenty of teens and pre-teens drink coffee and work for 12 hours each day, juggling school, homework, extracurriculars, and jobs (I know I did). Newsflash: most teens and pre-teens are told what is supposed to be “pretty” and deal with the insecurities of not fitting that mold (again, I did!). The difference is her scenario gave her millions of dollars and the time necessary to primp and yoga herself into said beauty standard and my scenario gave me a job where I still work 12 hours and deal with body insecurities.

    Working hard is tough. I get it. But she needs to realize that when she works hard, she gets a ton of money. When the majority of us work hard, we make a living.

    • Colette says:

      Miley is simply telling her experiences,she is letting people know that fame and fortune does not equal happiness.Despite having money,she was miserable,she hated her body.Her being truthful hopefully will help some people take off their rose colored glasses regarding wanting to be rich and famous.

      • Josefa says:

        It’s truly creepy how some people can’t see past money. Apparently talking about your insecurities and being upset at something is a right reserved exclusively to the poor.

      • vilebody says:

        @Josefa — I don’t think I’m particularly creepy and I can certainly see past money. I’m just saying she needs to understand that while Hannah Montana was demanding, and, at times destructive, it was also a vehicle for her financial stability and a strong career in the entertainment business. I find it very off-putting that she is so openly bad-mouthing the job that put her where she is today. There’s a difference between addressing problems in the industry and cursing out a former employer.

      • Josefa says:

        And what’s that difference exactly? She’s talking about her experience as a teenager working for Disney channel, her issues with identity and anxiety. I don’t see what’s so wrong and whiny about what she’s saying.

      • ladyg says:

        Vilebody. If I remember correctly, you said in another thread the other day that you’re a Republican, right? BTW, I thought that was very brave of you to admit that on a site filled with a lot of us opinionated progressives. And that is why I remember your name, because I took note of the bravery. So, I hope you don’t mind if I ask you a question. It’s a bit contentious — and I acknowledge that — but I truly don’t mean it to be. I’m just genuinely interested in your thoughts. I mean that. I’m working hard, this election, to try and be as open minded and curious as possible. Sometimes, that has to be messy. I’m trying not to be offensive, but get a straight-forward question across at the same time. It ain’t easy to do without sounding aggressive, so I apologize in advance.

        OK, so, your response really took me aback. Just because we’re talking about a kid between the ages of 11 and 18 — who is still only 22. Those are some tough emotional years. (I know, I know — 17 people are going to jump in and say how awesome they were at 10 and never changed and are still awesome because they were raised right– or some such. Well, not all of us were that stable.)

        Anyway, Miley’s just talking about that — being a working kid. Heck, being an emotional kid. Everyone knows the life of a child star is not easy. But you immediately jumped to the defense of the “corporation” — interestingly over the trauma of a kid. This struck me, because its been my experience that the GOP traditionally cites “the children” as its primary concern when it comes to things like letting homosexuals marry and adopt children. Also, when it comes to things like “appropriate behavior,” GOPers are always cautioning about the potential harm to kids that seeing breasts and other body parts can do. But when an actual kid comes out and says, “yeah, this kinda sucked,” it’s all, “Be quiet kid! You got paid! Be subservient to the company! Money!!! Work!!!”

        Hard work is a GOP value. Totally get it. And respect it. Because it’s also very much a progressive value. It is something the two parties have in common. But it seems like Republicans tune out everything else, and truly just want to believe that hard work and money are all that matter in life (except maybe church), and thinking otherwise is some weak cop-out. Like, being compassionate towards the emotional traumas that life creates is looked down upon. And I have to wonder which came first, the chicken or the egg? Does GOP (FOX) media drive home the “working hard” thing so much that it’s just become so ingrained that people don’t really realize when they’re parroting it? Or are people who, and I really can’t think of another way to say this, sorry, naturally “less empathetic” gravitate to the GOP?

      • jenn12 says:

        Well, LadyG, Miley identifies as a liberal progressive. And there she is, using women of color and women with physical challenges in her shows and videos as props and pawns. Did her Disney experience make her do that? Did her make her pose for Terry Richardson- known as a sexual predator- as an adult? And, no, I’m neither a hater or a fan.

      • ladyg says:

        Well, jenn12, I’m one of those black people who doesn’t think Miley is using anyone. I truly don’t. She’s still too young to understand. That said, we’re all victims of the status quo ;so yeah, her Disney experience may have “made her do that.” I think and she was a pawn of Disney — so yeah, in a way, I DO think her Disney experience had a real impact on some of her decisions. She was young, she didn’t understand cultural appropriation yet. But out of all the young starlets, I think she learns the most from her mistakes, and actually “gets” the problem now.

    • Eru says:


    • jwoolman says:

      That’s a good point. It isn’t hard at all to get up to 12 hours strictly scheduled time for a kid: school for 7 hours, homework for 2-3 hours depending on the age and classes taken, sports practice or music lessons etc. and then daily practice for voice or instruments. Then add a paying part-time job on top of that. But she didn’t have the option of easily cutting back when it was too stressful, although the same can be said of kids on a team or in a band or orchestra- hard for them to walk out without letting people down.

  34. Tig says:

    I so agree with the posters who said if she’s mad at anyone, it should be her parents! And Billy Ray had plenty of $$$, and show business experience to boot- he could have pulled the plug on the show, or better yet, not sign her up at all. I don’t discount her experiences, but the fact still remains none of that would have gone down w/o her parents’ consent-and even if as a child she wanted this to happen, parents are supposed to oversee the child’s well being.

    • lucy2 says:

      That does make it even worse, doesn’t it? He had success for some time – it’s not like her going on a Disney show saved their family from ruin. And even if they had been struggling, it shouldn’t fall on the shoulders of a child.

  35. Bee says:

    I feel for her but who is really to blame for her issues. It’s not Disney

  36. Cindy says:

    Remember the two Corey’s? I believe every word Corey Feldman wrote in his book about the sexual abuse of children in hollywood. Every. Word. Miley is not talking about sexual abuse obviously, but do I believe adults used her to make millions? That they treated her like crap? Yup.
    Children don’t have the same rights as adults. Maybe on paper you aren’t “supposed” to abuse them, but there are also laws about jay-walking and spitting on the sidewalk. Point being, the laws in reality mean zero. So….Miley made it out (so far), without becoming a drug addict or dead. So, maybe we should give her a break?

  37. iLoveMyPug says:

    Shit I love her. I really do

  38. flybaby says:

    I don’t know why we are still surprised that selling children’s childhoods results in screwed up adults. Disney doesn’t have to be involved.

  39. Josefa says:

    I like Miley. She is who she is and she doesn’t apologise for it. Yeah she’s an attention whore, like most people featured in these articles. Attention-whoring is her job.

  40. Davidh says:

    If she’s calling her behaviour recovery, she’s really f*cked up hehe

    That photo in the car park bring me back, just add a shave head and that could be Britney 😉 😛

  41. enastein says:

    Disney rebel, she went 180 against her teen image and what she was supposed to sell. no wonder!
    Wish you luck in finding your middle ground Miley and you are pretty young lady with or without Disney.

  42. Quinn says:

    This is why the term “stage mother” exists: it takes parents like Dina Lohan or Tish/Billy Ray to agree to the tough lifestyle that these type of shows expect from their child stars. Most parents would say no…but some parents want money and fame so much, their kids are just the conduit. Never mind what it’s doing to their kids…these parents are living vicariously.

  43. shi_gatsu says:

    Nice cover. I feel she does have some issues she needs to deal with that stem from her childhood. I feel a little sorry for her

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  45. WinnieCoopersMom says:

    I get that it was a little rough, long days with coffee (eyeroll) ..But It’s not like she was Hannah Montana for 10 years….I mean I get it was 4 years of her teens, but it’s not like she was a slave to the machine for the majority of her life. She is a grown up now, so if she complains at age 35 of how the industry treated her at age 23 (current stage), I have no sympathy for her. She knows what she is in now and she loves it …or she would leave. It’s just hard for us to sit here and watch these uber-wealthy celebs whine and cry about their lives when we work just as hard or harder just to make ends meet and they live lavish lifestyles, taking 6 vacations a year. There should be a celebs anonymous group for them to all vent to each other about how hard their lives are bc none of us are interested in hearing it.

    • Ennie says:

      … and still, instead of relaxing a bit, go to school, take it easier, sort of how Emma Watson or others have dealt with it, she goes and throws herself into the media world and acts in all shocking ways ,,, not a fan.

  46. Eru says:

    But well here she is – millionaire and famous. While many girls her age are working at boring jobs, try to find good job and saving to pay the rent. None of that would happen if not that show. With her face – she would have big trouble to get famous and sell records. Its was that stupid Hannah Montana that gave her fame, money. I really dont like when entertainers shat at job (movie or show or group) that made them famous.

  47. Mispronounced Name Dropper says:

    I’m a bit sick of celebrities trying to portray themselves as victims of life. They’re clearly not.

    • Sarah says:

      Yeah only poor ugly nobodies have problems.

      Try asking Amanda Bynes, famous victims of Bill Cosby or Michael Jackson, Madonna, Keanu Reeves, River Phoenix, Heath Ledger, anyone who has ever met Terry Richardson, Rihanna. To name a very small number.

      Money does make you impervious to terrible things, doesn’t it.

  48. jenn12 says:

    So all of these are reasons why she treats women of color and women with challenges like props and pawns in her shows?

  49. LAK says:

    The experience she describes is mild compared to many child stars and especially child stars of ye old times. She’s lucky no one was feeding her drugs to perform or coffee was the strongest stimulant she was given in order to perform. Judy Garland wasn’t so lucky.

  50. E.M. MAXX says:

    She’s full of FN $h!t