Free-spirited singer and passionate LGBT ally Miley Cyrus has spoken of her own struggles with gender roles in an interview with Out Magazine.
“I didn’t want to be a boy,” she told Out.
“I kind of wanted to be nothing. I don’t relate to what people would say defines a girl or a boy, and I think that’s what I had to understand: Being a girl isn’t what I hate, it’s the box that I get put into.”
After Miley also told the Associated Press that not all her past relationships were “straight, heterosexual” ones, media took that to mean the 22-year-old had come out as bisexual.
But Miley posted a screengrab of her Out quotes on her Instagram with the fiesty caption, “NOTHING can/will define me! Free to be EVERYTHING!!!”
The interview came as Miley launched her new non-profit organisation The Happy Hippie Foundation, that aims to “provide homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable youth populations with consistent support services, education and employment opportunities.”
In the US, “40% of homeless youth identify as LGBT, and family rejection is the most common reason LGBT youth experience homelessness,” the foundation claims on its website. One of the charity’s first projects will be the creation of “digital support groups” for LGBT youth and their families.
“I want to use my voice as a megaphone to young people everywhere and encourage human evolution,” Miley said.
“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!”