Miley Cyrus has admitted that she’s finally feeling alright about being ‘alone’ after splitting from boyfriend of six months, Patrick Schwarzenegger.
The 22-year-old singer, who officially launched the Happy Hippie Foundation this week, also admitted that she won’t put a label on her sexuality because she doesn’t want to be put in a ‘category’.
Speaking to TIME, she explained: “I’m not hiding my sexuality. For me, I don’t want to label myself as anything.
“We love putting people in categories, but what I like sexually isn’t going to label me as a person.”
The ‘Wrecking Ball’ singer also admitted that she’s fine with being single, because her “future doesn’t rely on having a partner.”
She said: “It has a lot to do with being a feminist, but I’m finally O.K. with being alone. I think that’s something we have to talk about more: that you can be alone.
“There are times in my life where I’ve had boyfriends or girlfriends. And there are times where I just love being with myself and don’t want to give part of myself away to someone else … I think that’s a new freedom for women, especially.
“I don’t know that my mother would have been able to be 22 and secure in being alone. But my future doesn’t rely on having a partner.”
Miley also spoke about the pressures of defining herself, adding: “There’s all this pressure to define yourself sexually, but why? Our world revolves around sex.
“Like, when I did this photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz when I was 14 or 15, everyone jumped to make it this sexual thing. But I never thought of it as sexual. Annie never thought of taking a sexual photo of a teenager. But everyone made it something it wasn’t.”
Earlier this week, Miley officially launched the Happy Hippie Foundation, which aims to raise awareness of issues affecting homeless young people, the LGBT youth community and other vulnerable populations.
In a statement about the project, she said: “Pointless judgment and its effects are unfortunately something that is way too common. All humans have valid feelings and rights! I want to use my voice as a megaphone to young people everywhere and encourage human evolution.
No one should have to hide who they really are, no matter what his or her name, gender or status. That’s why Happy Hippies are here to say that every life is valuable!”
“I’m the one that can fix it. I think I’ve been able to identify with it just because I’ve never thought of myself as, ‘I’m a girl and so I can’t do this, or I can do this, or you’ve got to be a boy to do that’.
“I feel completely like I’m not tied to a gender or to an age. I feel like an infinite cosmic thing, and that’s what I want people to feel…Forty percent of homelessness is really focused on [the LGBT community], because, I think, of the lack of acceptance.”
As part of the project, Miley called one teenage fan in Michigan, after hearing that she was being bullied about a “Legalise Gay” t-shirt.
She explained: “Someone at the school who is an adult and seemed more powerful than her told her that she wasn’t supposed to be wearing that shirt at school. I just wanted to make clear that she had a legal right to express herself however she wanted.”
Bravo, Miley. <3
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