On February 28, the irreverent pop star appeared at the Season 11’s premiere of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” as a guest judge, and she “revealed” what happened to Hannah Montana since she left the character behind.
The Disney character that made 26-year-old singer and actress Miley Cyrus famous as a child was brought up before the contestants performed a lip sync battle to “Best of Both Worlds” which served as “Hannah Montana” theme song.
When RuPaul asked Cyrus about the current status of Miley Stewart’s celebrity alter ego, the star made a wink to her reputation as a bad girl and guessed that Montana’s career had ended because of “a lot of drugs.”
This was probably not the answer RuPaul was expecting, but if we have learned something about Cyrus in all these years is that you never know what to expect from her, as she always has a witty and humorous come back under her sleeve.
The “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” singer has been open about her experimentation with drugs, and she says that nowadays she only smokes marijuana occasionally.
“When I’m just working, I don’t think I function at my highest, most intelligent, most being-able-to-be-as-aware-and- as-present, so I don’t smoke when I work.” Cyrus told The Sun in December.
Apart from serving as guest judge, Cyrus got to dress in drag herself, arriving at the set in character as a male crew member named “Barry ‘B.J.’ Johnson.” She hid her hair under a baseball cap and wore a fake goatee and glasses.
“I’m going to go and meet the queens for the first time, but they don’t know they’re meeting me. I wanted to go undercover with the ladies. So I’m going in as a crew member. They’re never going to know what hit ’em,” she said.
Cyrus might have settled down into a heterosexual marriage, but that is not going to change her perspective on gender, sexuality, and it is not going to turn her into a conservative woman.
The pop star still identifies herself as queer, and she shared her thoughts about her recent marriage to Liam Hemsworth in Vanity Fair’s March cover story, citing her own particular reason to tie the knot with her longtime love.
“The reason that people get married sometimes can be old-fashioned, but I think the reason we got married isn’t old-fashioned — I actually think it’s kind of New Age,” she said.
“We’re redefining what it looks like for someone that’s a queer person like myself to be in a hetero relationship,” she added.
Her appearance on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” coincided with the release of an interview she recorded for the “RuPaul: What’s the Tea with Michelle Visage” podcast.
In that interview, Cyrus shared the early experiences that defined her identity, and how she grew to be an advocate and part of the LBGTQA community.
“When I was a kid growing up, being from the South, and my first experience, my first kiss was with a girl in middle school. And no one could understand, in Nashville, saying that,” she was quoted with saying.
“My whole life, I didn’t understand my own gender and my own sexuality. I always hated the word ‘bisexual,’ because that’s even putting me in a box. I don’t ever think about someone being a boy or someone being a girl,” she shared.