The singer shared details about how starring in "Hannah Montana," where Cyrus plays a regular teen by day and a pop star by night, made her feel that "no one cared" about her. Read more below!
Cyrus, 28, shared on Spotify's Rock This with Allison Hagendorf podcast on Friday that the role had a big impact on her sense of self.
She went on to say that Hannah was
"a character almost as often as I was myself, and actually, the concept of the show is that when you're this character, when you have this alter ego, you're valuable. You've got, like, millions of fans, you're the biggest star in the world, and then the concept was that when I looked like myself, when I didn't have the wig on anymore, no one cared about me, I wasn't a star anymore."
The "Party in the USA" singer described her childhood stardom as a time that made her feel inadequate when she wasn't in character, revealing she created a "characterized version" of herself to receive attention.
That is why she thought she "really had to break that" mentality, adding that her album Bangerz was her first foray into finding her identity outside the Disney Channel character.
Miley still remains aware of how others see her, and has been candid about her sobriety, her marriage and the media's image of her.
Despite the conflicting feelings the "Wrecking Ball" singer had for the role, Cyrus recently resurfaced Hannah Montana by "photo dumping" old photos of herself as a teenager and clips from the Disney show on Instagram Monday.