The 24-year-old singer recently opened up to Billboard magazine’s John Norris about prepping for her massive comeback ― slated to begin with the release of her new single, “Malibu,” on May 11, with a countrified pop-rock album due later this year ― while reflecting on her past, including her thoughts on gender, sexuality and relationships.
“I’m a little bit boyish,” Cyrus told Norris. “But I can also be super femme and dress as a bunny rabbit.” She added, “Who I’m with has nothing to do with sex ― I’m super open, pansexual, that’s just me.”
To that point, when it comes to being with men, Cyrus says she isn’t looking for her “dudes to be dudes,” because that “really grosses me out.” In fact, she claims she gets in trouble for “generalizing straight men” because “straight men can be my worst nightmare sometimes,” even though she’s currently “with a straight dude,” fiancé Liam Hemsworth.
Not that Hemsworth is particularly happy about being classified in that way. “He’s always like, ‘Well, don’t call me that!’” she said. The Australian movie star, with whom Cyrus shares a home, also told her that he “[doesn’t] really think about” being a boy, whereas Cyrus thinks about being a girl constantly. “I’m always like, ‘It’s weird that I’m a girl, because I just don’t feel like a girl, and I don’t feel like a boy. I just feel like nothing,’” she said, adding, “So when someone’s too masculine, that really grosses me out.”
Being open about her gender and sexual identity is nothing new for Cyrus, who officially came out as pansexual in 2015 interview with Elle magazine. Earlier that year she told Paper magazine,“I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age.” She also revealed that when it comes to gender, she’s doesn’t place herself on either end of the binary. “I don’t relate to being boy or girl, and I don’t have to have my partner relate to boy or girl.”
Cyrus also commented on her Happy Hippie Foundation, which she launched in 2015 as a way of helping LGBTQ youth, in the Billboard interview. “I started Happy Hippie because I never thought we would see this day where you have the Laverne Coxes of the world get not only trans roles, but female roles,” she said. “And I realized the voice I had.”
Head here to read the full interview with Billboard magazine including Cyrus discussing why “The Voice” was an appealing career move for her, what she thought about the day after Trump’s election and more.