A different side of Miley Cyrus emerged when she sat down for an interview with Ronan Farrow for W magazine's March 2014 cover story.
Cyrus is one of the biggest pop stars on the planet -- if not the most discussed -- and she's no stranger to criticism. She's also the first to tell you she doesn't care what you think about her (unless you're Rolling Stone and you include her latest album, "Bangerz," on the list of best albums of 2013, then she cares). But perhaps her apathy is a result of not holding very many people in high regard.
"I don't love kids," she reveals to Farrow after her performance at the Jingle Ball's Los Angeles tour date, whose audience consists primarily of tweens and teens. "I don’t love them because, I mean, I think I was around too many kids at one point -- because I was around a lot of kids.”
Cyrus is, of course, referring to her Disney days starring on "Hannah Montana," and now that she's left that behind, she doesn't sound particularly impressed with some of her younger fans. "They’re so fucking mean. Sometimes I hear kids with their parents, and I want to go over and, like, smack them myself ... Like if they meet me, they’ll be like, ‘Mom, don’t you know how to use an iPhone? Like, can you take the picture?’ I’m like, ‘Dude, if I ever talked to my mom like that when I was a kid, I would have had no phone, no computer, no TV, no anything.'"
The former child star, who strangely admits at one point in the interview to seeing herself as Blanche DuBois from "A Streetcar Named Desire" ("I’m Blanche to a T, complete psycho"), also seems to have some major trust issues.
"My dad, like, he’s the most trusting human in the world. He trusts everybody, basically, until they fuck him over. And my mom, too, holds no grudges," she explains. “She’ll let someone, like, fuck her over twice, and then she’ll let it go, and then she kind of forgets about it. And I used to be like that. And now I just keep it in the back of my mind.”
At the tender age of 21, Cyrus seems to have been burned too many times and admits, "I have a lot of people that I could call and hang out with, but I have very few friends, if that makes any sense."
With few people to trust, perhaps it explains why Cyrus is so quick to brush off criticism. She admits her raunchy image is calculated, but believes she's somehow challenging the Hollywood status quo, and is trying to send the message to girls: '‘Fuck that. You don’t have to wear makeup. You don’t have to have long blond hair and big titties."
And when asked how she feels about critics who claim she's "accessorizing with black people," or using little people as "props" in her videos and performances, Cyrus didn't hold back:
“I don’t give a shit. I’m not Disney, where they have, like, an Asian girl, a black girl, and a white girl, to be politically correct, and, like, everyone has bright-colored T-shirts. You know, it’s like, I’m not making any kind of statement," she explained to Farrow. "Anyone that hates on you is always below you, because they’re just jealous of what you have.”
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