Miley Cyrus doesn’t need a network — or a man — to give her security.
The “Wrecking Ball” singer opens up to teenage journalist Tavi Gevinson in Elle’s May Women in Music issue about standing on her own post-Disney and her split from ex-fiance Liam Hemsworth.
“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,” Cyrus tells Elle. “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.”
Gevinson, 17, also shares her thoughts about the 21-year-old pop star in the issue: “Cyrus is neither a lost train wreck nor completely sure of her place in the world,” Gevinson writes. “She’s just searching for it on an extreme scale, and, actually, in a much more unique, unprecedented way than her critics might think.”
You can read the entire interview, as well as Gevinson’s essay about Cyrus, in the May issue of Elle available on newsstands April 15th.