In Variety’s recent “Power of Women” Los Angeles issue recently, the magazine featured Miley Cyrus and the internet is abuzz with her coming out as a pansexual. In July 2015, the singer said that she is “open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age”.
For the uninitiated, a pansexual (also known as omnisexual) is a person who is attracted to all gender identities, or attracted to people regardless of gender, including a transgender person.
When asked about her sexuality, the “Wrecking Ball” singer said that she realised that she was pansexual after meeting a gender-neutral person in the LGBTQ centre in Los Angeles.
She said, “I saw one human in particular who didn’t identify as male or female. 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. Even though I may seem very different, people may not see me as neutral as I feel. But I feel very neutral. 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.'”
The “Wrecking Ball” singer, who is engaged to actor Liam Hemsworth, also said that coming out as a pansexual to her religious Southern family was hard. Though her parents didn’t understand her at first, her mom eventually got to know comprehend her sexuality.
“On ‘The Voice’, this young girl started crying when she left, because I’m the reason she came out. My mom started crying. She was like, ‘I’m so sorry about the way I was when you were that age and coming out.’ She never understood me until she saw that girl who couldn’t be herself. It was very cool,” she revealed.
Miley Cyrus founded “The Happy Hippie Foundation” to help homeless youth and raise awareness about LGBT issues in 2014. “I am only doing ‘The Voice’ because that helps Happy Hippie,” she said. Talk about marketing game strong.
Variety’s “Power of Women” also includes Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, and Laverne Cox. Click here to read the full interview.