During the interview, the "Wrecking Ball" hit maker publicly expressed a lack of gender identity, and the fact that she hates the gender expectations that are placed on people.
"I didn't want to be a boy," she told Out magazine of the time she spent confused about gender expectations. "I kind of wanted to be nothing. I don't relate to what people would say defines a girl or a boy, and I think that's what I had to understand: Being a girl isn't what I hate, it's the box that I get put into."
Cyrus also took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a picture of the quote that she gave to the publication, along with the caption, "NOTHING can/will define me! Free to be EVERYTHING!!!"
Cyrus may not be the first celebrity to talk so openly about nonbinary gender, but her comments should have a positive effect on her fans because she's paving the way for greater understanding and conversation about the fact that not everyone identifies with traditional gender norms — and that no one can ever put you into a box, except yourself.
UPDATE May 8: During a conversation with Time, Cyrus elaborated on why she doesn't like to be defined by her sexual preferences.
"I'm not hiding my sexuality. For me, I don't want to label myself as anything," she told the publication. "We love putting people in categories, but what I like sexually isn't going to label me as a person."
One of the reasons she does not want to be put in a box is because she doesn't feel judgments should be made based on who she is dating.
"It has a lot to do with being a feminist, but I'm finally O.K. with being alone," she said. "I think that's something we have to talk about more: that you can be alone."
"There are times in my life where I've had boyfriends or girlfriends. And there are times where I just love being with myself and don't want to give part of myself away to someone else … I think that's a new freedom for women, especially. I don't know that my mother would have been able to be 22 and secure in being alone. But my future doesn't rely on having a partner."
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