In the October issue of Elle magazine, she admitted, «My name was Miley on my show, but I didn’t own my name—we didn’t think about that…My mom started understanding how many people take advantage of a child, so she hired smart people to protect me in that way. I’m happy that when I was younger, people protected me and put me in a position where I can now control my music.
«We joked around that it was Disney High, except we all were shooting shows and really overworking,» she told Billboard magazine in a joint interview with Nick Jonas. «I joke that I sometimes have PTSD after leaving the channel, because if my schedule starts to get too busy, I rebel and I get bitchy.»
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However, she said she knew that’s not who she wanted to be.
«I knew deep down that this wasn’t what I wanted to do—being exhausted of forcing something that wasn’t right,» she continued. «I had to have moments where I was crying and I was like, ‘Why am I not in love with what I do?’ I was forced to get very uncomfortable for a while in order to make the decisions I made.»
Luckily, she overcame that obstacle and has moved forward. «Definitely crossing over and being able to tackle these grittier parts was a challenge but I feel like I’ve done it! It’s a whole new chapter!»
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She continued, «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…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,» she admitted. «And now I’m free…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.»
She continued, «My fans are going to love me and stick with me whether I’m wearing a crop top and a short skirt or not.»