Miley Cyrus gave her first extensive interview since her wedding to Liam Hemsworth to Vanity Fair, where she touched on everything from her new music to how losing her and Hemsworth's Malibu home in the Woolsey Fire fundamentally changed her and their relationship. The fire is what led them to get married after 10 years together, Cyrus explained.
“When you experience what we experienced together with someone, it is like glue," she said. "You’re the only two people in the world who can understand.”
Cyrus told Vanity Fair that being married feels "zero percent different. I would say that losing the house changed us much more than getting married changed us.” And, true to TMZ's report in the summer, Cyrus didn't really feel the need to ever get married to Hemsworth. “We’ve worn rings forever, and I definitely didn’t need it in any way," she said. "It actually is kind of out of character for me.”
Then she explained just why she and Hemsworth still did it: “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," she said. "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. 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. 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.”
In a memo she wrote for VF, Cyrus further explained why she had a traditional-looking wedding and what ultimately led her to see Hemsworth as the one to marry:
Sexuality and gender identity are completely separate from partnership. I wore a dress on my wedding day because I felt like it, I straightened my hair because I felt like it, but that doesn’t make me become some instantly “polite hetero lady.” (PS: Straight women are badass, too.) My relationship is very special to me, it is my home. I feel less misplaced when we are in the same room, no matter where that is, but just because something changes in my relationship doesn’t mean something has to drastically change in my individuality.
What Liam and I went through together changed us. I’m not sure without losing Malibu, we would’ve been ready to take this step or ever even gotten married, who can say? But the timing felt right and I go with my heart. No one is promised the next day, or the next, so I try to be “in the now” as much as possible.
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