Listen up, everyone. Miley Cyrus has something to say.
The singer-songwriter took to Twitter on Friday, October 4, after she was spotted kissing Cody Simpson earlier in the week. In a lengthy post, she addressed slut-shaming, the celebrity romance rumor mill, and what it’s like to experience relationships in the public eye. It’s clear that she has some strong feelings on all of the above, and TBQH, we get it!
Miley’s post was broken up into four parts, the first of which seemingly talked about her decade-long romance with Liam Hemsworth, which ended in divorce earlier this year. “I know the public feels invested in my past relationship because they felt like they saw it thru from the beginning,” she started. “I think that’s why people have always felt so entitled over my life and how I live it because they’ve watched me grow up. But I am grown now, and make choices as an adult knowing the truth/details/reality. People only ‘know’ what they see on the internet.”
To Miley’s point, her relationship with Liam was incredibly public. From their first meeting on the set of The Last Song to endless speculation surrounding their ultimate split, every last piece of it was amplified and experienced by their fans. But what the general public sees from celebrities is only one piece of the puzzle; only Miley and Liam know the true details and the full story.
The “Slide Away” singer went on to address slut-shaming, calling out a harmful double standard. “Men (especially successful ones) are RARELY slut shamed,” she pointed out. “They move on from one beautiful young woman to the next MOST times without consequence. They are usually referred to as ‘legends,’ ‘heartthrobs,’ ‘G,’ or ‘ladies’ man,’ etc, where women are called ‘sluts’ / ‘ whores!’ I am just trying to THRIVE / survive in a man’s world…if we can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. If our president can ‘grab ‘em by the p*ssy,’ can’t I just have a kiss and açaí bowl?” The last part of that segment seemed to address her kiss with Cody Simpson, as the two were spotted at a café together.
In a subsequent tweet, Miley went on to talk about her right to date in peace, and how dating itself can be a challenge for someone who grew up amid the Hollywood spotlight. “I was in a committed relationship for almost all my teens and early 20s,” she wrote, adding: “I have a great life I wouldn’t trade for ‘privacy’ but PLEASE don’t make this awkward for me! I am trying to make light and like always MAKE FUN of myself and the public’s perception of me! Get used to me dating — this is where I am at! #HotGirlFall.”
Ultimately, Miley’s personal life remains her business alone — and no one else has the right to weigh in or judge. She may have grown up in the public eye, but that doesn’t mean she has to share every aspect of her life with the public. She’s figuring out the dating world — just like many of us — and she deserves as much space as she wants or needs.
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