Net Worth: $200 million
Most of the world has heard of Disney TV star turned music dynamo Miley Cyrus. She started out as an innocent role model for children everywhere and grew up to embody a powerful woman with great values that proves anyone can be who they want to be. Once a role model for children, she is now a role model for young women. She is most famously known for her role as Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel earlier in her career. Lately she has distanced herself from that image and become a very talented singer and philanthropist.
Miley Ray Cyrus was actually born as Destiny Hope Cyrus, being brought up in Franklin, Tennessee by her mother ‘Tish’ Cyrus and her father Billy Ray Cyrus, a famous country singer. Miley was actually born with a heart condition called tachycardia, meaning her heart beats faster than the normal rate that it should. The name we know her by now was actually derived from a nickname when she was a baby. Her parents called her “Smiley” because she smiled so often as a baby, and this was later shortened to Miley. Her name was officially changed in 2008 when she was fifteen-years old.
Miley actually comes from a large family and has several siblings. Two of her siblings were born to her mother and father after they were married, a son named Braison and a daughter named Noah. She also has two older siblings named Trace and Brandi, as well as a half-brother named Christopher. Four of her siblings are also in the entertainment business in various different venues.
Miley was raised on a huge farm in her hometown and attended a regular elementary school until she began working on Hannah Montana. After her breakthrough role, she studied with a private tutor for schooling. Miley was raised as a Christian and was baptized in 2005, with her always seen wearing a purity ring while growing up. When Miley was eight years old the family moved to Canada to film a show for her father. Around this time, Miley expressed to her family that she wanted to become an actress. Being the supportive parents they were, Miley was put in singing and acting classes in Toronto where they were residing.
She had a few small roles as a child listed under her birth name, but did not become the icon she is today until she starred as Hannah Montana in 2006. Miley’s mother actually became her manager for her acting career and was instrumental in making sure Miley’s career took off the way it did. Keeping the business in the family, Miley’s finance manager was actually also her father’s finance manager. Making her singing career a possibility was partially attributed to Dolly Parton, who directed Miley Cyrus to sign with the Morey Management Group for her music career.
Miley became the star of the Disney TV show Hannah Montana when she was only eleven years old. She originally auditioned for the role of the main character’s best friend, but was instead called back to audition for the lead role. It is little known that she was initially denied the lead role because she was ‘too young and small’ for it, but was chosen later because of her exemplary singing and acting abilities.
After the show aired on television and became a huge hit, Miley toured with the Cheetah Girls and performed songs from the Hannah Montana show in 2006, furthering her music career. The Disney company actually released an album of music from Hannah Montana that was a huge success and topped the Billboard 200 when it came out. This led to her being the first act to work with the Walt Disney Company and have deals in television, movies, consumer products and music.
Aside from her role on the Disney hit Hannah Montana, Miley released several albums on her own and toured with such success that it was compared to the likes of The Beatles and Elvis concerts. She and a friend also made a YouTube channel that was mostly for fun but ended up receiving a huge following of her fans.
Starting what would become a long string of controversy, Miley had some photos leaked in 2008 of her in her underwear and swimsuit by a hacker that accessed her email. Furthermore, photos of Miley posing topless at the tender age of 15 for a photo shoot were leaked, adding fuel to the fire. It was later discovered that she actually wasn’t fully topless, and was covered with a sheet during the shoot, but the damage was already out there. She was starting to be noticed as a regular teenager, and possibly not the ideal role model for young children that people initially thought.
After the controversy, Miley released a few more albums and starred alongside John Travolta in the movie Bolt which ended up earning her a Golden Globe nomination. In 2009 she released the song ‘The Climb’, which became her fourth entry on the Billboard 200. This made Miley Cyrus the youngest act in history to have four number one albums on the chart at just 16 years old. Later that same year, she launched her fashion line through Walmart, becoming even more of a success than she already was at her young age. Also in 2009, Miley went on her first world tour, entitled the ‘Wonder World Tour’, which became a huge hit and was so successful that she performed for Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the Royal family.
In 2010, Miley was at a crossroads of sorts with being associated as the young teenager from the Disney channel and a young woman who was coming into her own. She began to make more mature music to separate herself from the Hannah Montana image and starred romance film The Last Song. She ended up dating her costar, Liam Hemsworth, after its production. In 2010 she also released her third album ‘Can’t Be Tamed’ in another attempt to distance herself from the little girl image. The album caused some controversy due to the lyrics of the songs and how she behaved in her performances, causing many mixed reactions. Later that year, she performed her last ever song as Hannah Montana, which was a total flop due to the previous controversy over her new album.
After her last hurrah as Hannah Montana, things became even more controversial for Miley. Videos of her smoking a substance out of a bong were publicized and largely criticized by the public. Shortly after this, she decided to take a break from her music to focus on her acting career. She made several appearances on various reality shows, not really growing into a star in the theatrical film area like expected. Possibly her greatest attempt to reinvent herself came in 2013 when she hired a new manager. She leaned more towards the hip0hop side of music and dramatically changed her physical appearance, finally breaking away from the Hannah Montana image.
Because of her sometimes bizarre behavior, and the dramatic changes she made in 2013, it can be easy to forget the fact that Miley is actually quite the philanthropist. She visits sick fans in the hospital whenever she can, and performs concerts for benefits such as Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. She openly supports charities that support cures for AIDS and other diseases, Habitat for Humanity, Youth Service America, and Music for Relief just to name a few. She participates in the charity Kids Wish Network and met one of her fans with Spina Bifida in 2011 through the foundation. Despite the image that she projects, she is actually a very good hearted human being and others would do well to follow in her footsteps.
Miley’s public image has changed many times throughout the years since she started her career. At first, she was a very innocent teenage idol and an ideal role model for children who watched her show or listened to her music. After the “scandal” of the topless photo shoot, her public image started to change. Unfortunately for Miley, growing up was not something the public largely wanted to see. They wanted to maintain their innocent, wholesome image of her even as she grew older.
When she released her album ‘Can’t Be Tamed’, she made a silent statement that she wasn’t the same girl anymore. The lyrics were more controversial and mature in nature and her physical image started to change into that of a young woman. As she grew, she tested the limits with her clothing and performances at her concerts, much to the dismay of of the parents of her fans.
Though she was raised as a Christian and identified as such into her early adult life, it isn’t clear where her religious beliefs stand now although she references Buddhism in some of her songs. She does identify herself as pansexual and gender fluid, which some of her fans don’t agree with. She has had these views of herself since she was 14 and was and is a huge supporter of the LGBT community. She openly uses marijuana and sexualizes herself in performances and music videos. It is safe to say that the image of the past is buried when it comes to who Miley is now.
Miley’s personal life has made headlines mostly for her romantic relationships. She dated Nick Jonas in 2007 from the Jonas Brothers group. She has also been linked to model Justin Gaston and actor Carter Jenkins. The list doesn’t end there though as she has been with her fair share of celebrities, most notably Liam Hemsworth. Miley and Liam were together for three years before getting engaged. Unfortunately, they broke off the engagement just a year after announcing it. She then went on to have a small romance with Patrick Schwarzenegger, but it was very brief. In recent months it has been reported that Miley and Liam’s engagement is back on after the pair have been spotted in public together several times.
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