Miley Cyrus Reflects On Being ‘Harshly Judged’ Following Child Stardom: I Carried ‘Guilt & Shame’

Miley Cyrus is getting candid about facing scrutiny in the public eye following her success as a child star. In a new interview with British Vogue, the “Flowers” singer reflected on her years in the spotlight in her early adulthood, when she was trying to establish herself outside of “Hannah Montana.” She said, “I was creating attention for myself because I was dividing myself from a character I had played. Anyone, when you’re 20 or 21, you have more to prove. ‘I’m not my parents.’ ‘I am who I am.’” She added, “I carried some guilt and shame around myself for years because of how much controversy and upset I really caused. Now that I’m an adult, I realize how harshly I was judged. I was harshly judged as a child by adults and now, as an adult, I realize that I would never harshly judge a child.”