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Miley Cyrus reveals her struggles with gender expectations

Think you know every little detail there is to know about Miley Cyrus’ life? Think again, because the pop star just revealed one very personal detail about her gender identification during an interview with Out magazine.

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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.”

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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.

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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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