Miley Cyrus past life as Hannah Montana seems like a far-distant memory now, especially from the recent side-tongue Miley we all know now—but according to the pop star in a recent Marie Claire interview about being on the Disney series caused her to suffer body dysmorphia—a chronic mental illness that causes one to overthink physical flaws.
“From the time I was 11, it was ‘You’re a pop star! That means you have to be blonde, and you have to have long hair, and you have to put on some glittery tight thing,” the pop singer dishes in the interview. “Meanwhile, I’m this fragile little girl playing a 16-year-old in a wig and a ton of makeup. It was like Toddlers & Tiaras. I had f—ing flippers.”
Cyrus goes on to vent her frustrations about having to constantly look like someone else. “I had been made pretty every day for so long, and then when I wasn’t on that show, it was like, ‘Who the f—am I?” the 22-year-old said.
After starring on the series from 2006 to 2011 with 12-hour workdays on set, Cyrus finally pulled the plug after she was “getting coffee jammed down my throat to wake [her] up every morning,” Billy Ray Cyrus‘ daughter said in Marie Claire.
After removing herself from the Disney series, heartbreak came next for the star after ending her relationship with heartthrob Liam Hemsworth. “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. And now, I’m free of both those things, and I’m fine,” she told Elle last year.