Miley Cyrus opens up about what it's like to be queer while married to someone whose deeply, deeply not.
In a cover story for Vanity Fair, the singer -- who performed at the Grammys earlier this month as part of a musical tribute to her godmother, Dolly Parton -- talks about marrying her longtime on-and-off fiance Liam Hemsworth and how she navigates such a traditional institution as a queer person.
"The reason that people get married sometimes can be old-fashioned, but I think the reason we got married isn't old-fashioned--I actually think it's kind of New Age," says Cyrus. "We're redefining, to be fucking frank, what it looks like for someone that's a queer person like myself to be in a hetero relationship. A big part of my pride and my identity is being a queer person."
The singer has been open about her queerness for years, tellingPaper that she's "literally open to everything single thing that is consenting and doesn't involve an animal and everyone is of age" in 2015. She whittled that down to "pansexual" in an Elle U.K. interview later that same year, and in 2016 she toldVariety that she feels very "gender-neutral." Now, in Vanity Fair, she describes herself as "a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community" who, despite marrying Hems, is not some "polite hetero lady."
"What I preach is: People fall in love with people, not gender, not looks, not whatever," Cyrus continues. "What I'm in love with exists on almost a spiritual level. It has nothing to do with sexuality. Relationships and partnerships in a new generation--I don't think they have so much to do with sexuality or gender. Sex is actually a small part, and gender is a very small, almost irrelevant part of relationships."
Not what I would say, but it's fine because I didn't! Read the rest of Miley's Vanity Fair cover story here.