During an Instagram Live session with pal Demi Lovato on Tuesday, Miley Cyrus revealed that the amount of criticism she received for her now-infamous twerking performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards forced her to stay away from bikinis for two years.
“I basically went through two or three years where I wouldn’t wear shorts. I stopped wearing skirts on stage, all this s**t because after the VMAs — and I had on my cute little nude bodysuit — everyone started comparing me to a turkey and putting a turkey in my outfit,” Cyrus recalled. “I was just so skinny and so pasty, and they kept putting me next to this turkey, and I was feeling so bad on myself that I did not wear a bikini for like two years.”
“No one thought that that would’ve ever made me feel some type of way,” she added. “It was just really, really hurtful to be so body-shamed like that. And it really affected me in my personal life.”
Cyrus also surprisingly admitted to Lovato that she felt like she was coming across as a “fraud” to her fanbase at the time.
“I think what was so hard about it was my brand has always been about being so unapologetically myself and being confident, and the worse thing that I would feel like I would be to my fans is lying or a fraud. I felt like having this persona of being the most confident girl on the planet was actually kind of fraud because I was so insecure on the inside that in my personal life, I wasn’t even wearing bathing suits and shorts. And when I was wearing like my little leotards and things, I had on f**king four pairs of tights because I was so insecure.” the singer confessed.
Lovato also shared in Cyrus feelings of insecurity, revealing that when she released her 2015 hit single, “Confident,” she was nowhere close to the message of self-confidence that she was promoting on the track.
“When I did my song, ‘Confident,’ my message was that I was so confident. But in reality, I was working out so much and eating a strict diet,” the “I Love Me” Lovato said. “Now I’m heavier but more confident. I’d take that over being thinner and miserable any day.”
“After going through so much stuff that I did, I realized that the quality of life I want isn’t in strict dieting; it’s being happy,” she continued. “I sometimes still struggle with body dysmorphia … but I’m grateful for the health and the strength that I have today. That helps me be grounded in my body and to stop those negative body thoughts. If you can’t look at yourself and say you’re beautiful, that’s fine. Just look at yourself and be grateful.”
The live chat was part of Cyrus’ BRIGHT MINDED: Live With Miley series, which will air on her Instagram every day this week at 11:30 a.m. PT/2:30 p.m. ET. The purpose of the sessions are to lift spirits during the current coronavirus quarantines and lockdowns.
The singer’s guests for Wednesday’s show included comedian Amy Schumer, and Lauren Speed and Cameron Hamilton from Netflix’s hit series Love Is Blind.
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