Miley Cyrus opens up about her pansexual identity and her history of dating women in a new Variety profile.
The 23-year-old pop singer is currently working as a judge on The Voice, a gig she says she only took in order to promote her LGBTQ charity for homeless youth, The Happy Hippie Foundation.
Though she’s currently dating former ex-boyfriend Liam Hemsworth again, Cyrus said understanding her gender and sexuality is something she’s grappled with since youth.
“I always hated the word ’bisexual,’ because that’s even putting me in a box,” Cyrus said, revealing her first relationship in life “was with a chick.”
“My whole life, I didn’t understand my own gender and my own sexuality,” she added, recalling how she always hated “being a girl” yet “being a boy didn’t sound fun” either.
It wasn’t until she visited the Los Angeles LGBTQ center and listened to the stories of other queer people that she realized not identifying as anything in particular was an identity in itself.
“I saw one human in particular who didn’t identify as male or female,” Cyrus said.
“Looking at them, they were both: beautiful and sexy and tough but vulnerable and feminine but masculine. And I related to that person more than I related to anyone in my life…I think that was the first gender-neutral person I’d ever met.”
“Once I understood my gender more, which was unassigned, then I understood my sexuality more. I was like, ’Oh — that’s why I don’t feel straight and I don’t feel gay. It’s because I’m not.'”
Below, check out Miley Cyrus in Woody Allen’s latest project for Netflix, Crisis in Six Scenes, available now.