Miley Cyrus has discussed her current #InstaPride social media campaign to promote transgender issues following recent comments she made about defining herself as “gender fluid”.
The singer recently said in an interview that she is “literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age. Everything that’s legal, I’m down with. Yo, I’m down with any adult – anyone over the age of 18 who is down to love me. I don’t relate to being boy or girl, and I don’t have to have my partner relate to boy or girl.”
Now, speaking to TIME, the star clarified: “I’m just equal. I’m just even. It has nothing to do with any parts of me or how I dress or how I look. It’s literally just how I feel. People try to make everyone something. You can just be whatever you want to be.”
Having been recently criticised by Bristol Palin for her comments, which the daughter of Sarah Palin saw as “intolerant to Christianity”, Cyrus has now defended herself, stating that “what I’m about is all about acceptance”. Cyrus added: “I hope more kids don’t do what I did and sit in their room and cry, thinking ‘I just don’t know what I’m supposed to be’. But when I tell kids sometimes, ‘Just be yourself,’ I feel like, ‘I hope you can do that. Can you really do that?’”
Elsewhere in her Paper Magazine cover story, Cyrus claims that she came out as bisexual to her mother aged 14. Speaking about the time she told her mum she was interested in boys as well as girls, Cyrus said: “I remember telling her I admire women in a different way. And she asked me what that meant. And I said, I love them. I love them like I love boys. And it was so hard for her to understand. She didn’t want me to be judged and she didn’t want me to go to hell. But she believes in me more than she believes in any god. I just asked for her to accept me. And she has.”