Miley Cyrus opens up about being a 'queer person' in a 'hetero relationship' with husband Liam Hemsworth
Miley Cyrus said that she was looking for stability in her life at the time of her wedding, especially following the loss of the Malibu home that she shared with Liam Hemsworth
Singer Miley Cyrus may be well settled in a heterosexual relationship, but she still claims to be a queer person at heart. The pop star, who is married to actor Liam Hemsworth, says she still identifies herself as a queer person and sees her marriage as an opportunity to change how people view love, gender, and sexuality.
During a recent conversation with Vanity Fair for their March cover, the 'Can't Be Tamed' singer got candid in a wide-ranging interview about why she and Hemsworth wed in December and how it hasn’t shifted her place in the LGBTQ+ community.
"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," Cyrus explained. "We’re redefining, to be f—ing 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 'Hannah Montana' alum said, according to People. "What I preach is: People fall in love with people, not gender, not looks, not whatever. What I’m in love with exists on almost a spiritual level. It has nothing to do with sexuality."
Cyrus continued, "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." She further admitted to interviewer Zach Baron that although marriage was “kind of out of character for me,” she made it clear that the couple “definitely didn’t need [marriage] in any way” to cement their bond.
Speaking about her December wedding, Cyrus said that she was looking for stability in her life at the time, especially following the loss of the Malibu home that she shared with Hemsworth, and all of their possessions including their photographs, art, and other mementos, in the Woosley fire.
However, the couple wasn't "putting a Band-Aid on a bad situation and saying, 'Oh well, you know, now everything will be better'," Cyrus noted. "Because a lot of people use marriage I think maybe for a cure. Like, who gives a f— if he’s a guy, if I’m a girl, or if he was a woman — who gives a f—? We really are stronger together. One is the loneliest number."
The 'Malibu' singer also penned down a personal essay, where she further spoke about her queerness. "Being someone who takes such pride in individuality and freedom, and being a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, I’ve been inspired by redefining again what a relationship in this generation looks like," she said. "Sexuality and gender identity are completely separate from partnership."