Miley Cyrus released her new single 'Used To Be Young' on August 25. The track is noted for its melancholic nature and Miley Cyrus could be seen gradually tearing up. The tears were not a scripted part of the video, but were real as Miley Cyrus said that she got too emotional singing.
According to Entertainment Online/Eonline, the 30-year-old had gone on to explain in an ABC special that aired shortly before her song's big debut that she got "super emotional" and actually cried on set.
"I'm kind of a mini-me of my mom," she explained, recalling how she had a livestream set up with Tish Cyrus on set so they could see each other during the shoot. "I could see her inside the camera...and, as she was dancing, it just made me cry."
Remembering how Tish also "made me laugh," Miley said the entire experience "brought up so many real emotions."
The singer added of the final product of the music video, "It's really letting people into true emotions, which I don't feel like you get to see very much of these days."
But that was not the end of the tears, because proceeding later in the special, Miley got teary-eyed while speaking about her dad Billy Ray Cyrus, who Tish divorced in 2022 after nearly 30 years of marriage, which was something that also a big part of her life.
‘Used To Be Young’ was called by Miley Cyrus as a song that is about the state of being, honouring who we were, are and will be as time passes on.
This could be seen, when the singer could be seen belting out the lyrics: "I know I used to be crazy / I know I used to be fun / You say I used to be wild / I say I used to be young."
Miley Cyrus says Sinhead O'Connor was right about the music industry 'pimping' her out
Sinhead O'Connor was known to be a rebel in her music career having a very unfavourable view of the corporate music industry. The Irish singer had even said that she was 'pimped' by the music industry. Miley Cyrus has come out in agreement with the late singer's views.
This is a follow-up to the feud between the singers in 2013, where Cyrus was far removed from Sinhead’s comments, going so far as to mock her.
The discourse between the two musicians was sparked after Cyrus compared the ‘Wrecking Ball’ music video to O'Connor's ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ clip in a Rolling Stone interview at the time, People reported.
In Cyrus' new special, ‘Endless Summer Vacation: Continued (Backyard Sessions)’, she reflected on the feud with O'Connor and admits she wasn't aware of the Grammy winner's mental health struggles.
"At the time when I made ‘Wrecking Ball’, I was expecting for there to be controversy and backlash, but I don’t think I expected other women to put me down or turn on me, especially women that had been in my position before," the 30-year-old star says in the special, reflecting on the nude music video and backlash she received.
O'Connor then responded with an open letter. "I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way ‘cool’ to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos.”
“It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether it’s the music business or yourself doing the pimping."
Back then, Miley fired back at Sinead by mocking her mental health issues on X (formerly Twitter), but now she has come out to regret it since then. "I was also only 20 years old. So I could really only wrap my head around mental illness so much, and all that I saw was that another woman had told me that this idea was not my idea.”
"All that I saw was that another woman had told me that this idea was not my idea, and even if I was convinced that it was, it was still just men in power’s idea of me and they had manipulated me to believe that it was my own idea when it never really was.”
"Our younger childhood triggers and traumas come up in weird and odd ways, and I think I had just been judged for so long for my own choices that I was just exhausted," added Cyrus. "I was in this place where I finally was making my own choices and my own decisions, and to have that taken away from me deeply upset me."