“A big part of my pride and my identity is being a queer person.”
Miley Cyrus doesn’t want people to think her new heterosexual marriage means she’s some “polite hetero lady,” she said.
In a cover story for Vanity Fair, the 26-year-old pop star insisted that she’s still “a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.”
Yes, Cyrus acknowledged, she married actor Liam Hemsworth in a conventional wedding in December. But in her mind, her husband isn’t really even a man – but rather a sexless spiritual spirit.
“People fall in love with people, not gender, not looks, not whatever,” she said. “What I’m in love with exists on almost a spiritual level. It has nothing to do with sexuality.”
Cyrus went on to quote Hillary Clinton as an inspiration for her marriage.
“But like my favorite woman in the world, Hillary Clinton, says: We’re stronger together. That’ll make me get emotional. That’s what she meant by it,” she said. “Like, who gives a fuck if he’s a guy, if I’m a girl, or if he was a woman—who gives a fuck? We really are stronger together. One is the loneliest number.”
As a queer person, Cyrus said, her two-month-old nuptials aren’t like those of yesteryear. She and Hemsworth are “redefining” the institution, she declared.
“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.”
On the subject of attraction, Cyrus claimed to speak for all millennials – a generation that some conservatives have accused of spearheading a culture that overvalues identity, the more oppressed the better.
“Relationships and partnerships in a new generation — I don’t think they have so much to do with sexuality or gender,” she said. “Sex is actually a small part, and gender is a very small, almost irrelevant part of relationships.”
The child star turned singer has long refused traditional labels, like “heterosexual” or even “woman.”
In 2015, she announced she is “pansexual” and “literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age.” (So sex with adult humans.) The following year, she said she is very “gender-neutral.”
Anyway, she said, she might not even have gotten married if California wildfires had not destroyed her and Hemsworth’s house.
“I’m not sure without losing Malibu, we would’ve been ready to take this step or ever even gotten married, who can say?” she averred. “But the timing felt right and I go with my heart.”
Cyrus also called President Donald Trump a “completely racist sexist asshole,” and said she was only joking when she said she would leave the country if he were elected.
“As someone who is so proud of being an activist,” she said, she couldn’t just “leave everyone else to fend for themselves.”