Miley Cyrus has opened up about being a member of the queer community.
The pop superstar, who has previously spoken about being gender-neutral and sexually fluid, spoke to Vanity Fair about her marriage to Liam Hemsworth, and how it doesn’t negate her queerness.
“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 an accompanying ‘personal memo’ for the magazine, Miley delved deeper into what it means for her to be a member of the LGBTQ community and how relationships are changing for a modern generation.
“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 wrote.
“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.”
Meanwhile, it was recently announced that the American singer-songwriter, actress and LGBTQ activist will finally make her debut on the main stage of RuPaul’s Drag Race later this month.
Miley will reportedly go “undercover in the workroom” to spy on the new cast of queens, who in the first episode will be creating signature looks from materials belonging to former Drag Race cast members.