Miley Cyrus may be one of the most talked about celebrities on the planet, but the former Hannah Montana star has insisted she doesn't like the attention from the press.
Speaking exclusively to British Cosmopolitan, the 20-year old explained: "The biggest misconception about me is that I like the media attention.
"I wish I could be who I am without the fame. If everyone would still buy my records and if everything would go to No.1 in 30 seconds or whatever… that’d be great.”
Cyrus explained: “Yeah, that was kind of bittersweet. It wasn’t supposed to overshadow everyone else; it was meant to be fun. But hey, it got the most tweets in history."
Despite causing a stir with her twerktastic routine, Miley was keen to insist: “I live without any regrets – you can’t change anything, so I don’t think about it. But would I ever want a ‘normal’ life?
"Yeah, there are definitely times when I wake up and wish I could go out without being photographed. I don’t care if people recognise me and say ‘hey’, but I don’t want to be stopped. I want to just walk around and see new cities.”
The We Can't Stop star also revealed that she does't feel pressure to be a role model to some of her younger fans, stating: “I don’t put pressure on myself to be a role model, other than hopefully inspiring people to be good and to treat people well.
"I’m going to be what I want, and I’m going to do what I want. When people are suffocated, that’s when they end up falling off.”
And it’s her staying true to herself attitude and always being around fame that she claims has kept her grounded: “My parents have always been laid-back.
"They’d prefer us to be good people, to have good hearts and be honest with them, than pretend to be someone we’re not. I’ve never had to hide myself.
“I’ve always been around fame… I think that’s what’s kept me grounded. I was a kid when I started – I turned 13 on the Hannah Montana set – and maybe that’s affected my attitude; if it happened now, you’d overthink it.”
She continued: “A lot of [famous] people get what I call ‘new money syndrome’ – where they didn’t grow up with money, and they’re so scared of losing it that they become obsessed. It’s like an addiction – and once you get a taste for it… But that’s never happened for me…
"Dolly Parton’s my godmother. She’s taught me a lot about how you treat people. She always says hi to the person on the bottom of the call sheet. I love that.
"The best advice I’ve been given was from Cyndi Lauper – she told me to go and lasso the moon, meaning don’t be afraid of anything. Just go and do anything you want to. I thought that was pretty cool and poetic.”
The Wrecking Ball hitmaker went on to say she's "proud" of who she is, admitting: "I have a good reputation. I’m a really loyal person and if I dig you, I’m all the way down. But if you f**k me over, I’m all the way up. It’s like, once shame on you, twice shame on me.
"You’re the dumb one if you let someone back into your life and they s**t on you again.”
After being named this year's Sexiest Woman by Maxim mag, when asked if feels she is living up to her sexy persona, Miley added: "I’m a feminist in the way that I’m really empowering to women… I’m loud and funny and not typically beautiful.
“When do I feel at my sexiest? After I’ve eaten something really healthy and done Pilates, and I’m wearing tight leggings. When I’m in gym clothes I actually feel sexy and healthy, so sometimes I’ll stay in them all day!”
The full interview appears in the December issue of British Cosmopolitan, on sale November 7. Also available in digital edition on Apple Newsstand.
For more exclusive Miley content, please go to www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/miley
Pictures: © Cosmopolitan / Peter Pedonomou
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