Miley Cyrus will soon leave Hannah Montana behind, but she's not yet a post-Disney version of herself.
Regardless of what anyone thinks of her current Can't Be Tamed incarnation, Cyrus said she's a lot more confident and sure of herself than she's ever been before. And at just 17 years old, she thinks her new album is reflective of the woman she sees herself becoming.
"I'm a completely different person [than when I released 2008's Breakout]. I'm much more confident. You know, I've always been a confident person, but I was going through a lot then," she revealed to MTV News on Friday (June 18). "I was younger, and I didn't really know myself."
She said it's sometimes hard to know who you are when there are a ton of people trying to tell you who they think you should be — an issue she addressed earlier in the day during her "Good Morning America" appearance. "There's so many people in your life telling you who you should and shouldn't be," Cyrus said. "And that's what Tamed [is] about. It's about being who you are to the fullest. And now I know who that is."
One of the songs from Can't Be Tamed that she thinks best fits that development is called "Robot." "It's about not letting people tell you who you shouldn't and should be," she said. "And [it's] about people that try to tell you: 'This is what you need to sell.' 'Look relatable.' It's like, 'I am relatable.' "
The best lessons she's learned about dealing with fame have come from her dad, Billy Ray. "My dad has been in the spotlight for 20 years now, and still every time he walks his dog, they're saying, 'Billy Ray picks up dog poop,' " she said about how people criticize celebrities even when they are doing seemingly normal things. "It's like, 'That's a law in California, folks.' You gotta do what you gotta do. That's life for you. That's life in the spotlight. It's never gonna change."
Do you think Miley's newfound confidence comes through in her latest music? Let us know in the comments!
Don't miss Miley Cyrus' Can't Be Tamed World Premiere Live concert, which will be live-streaming on Miley.MTV.com Monday at 10:30 p.m. ET — the pre-show with Sway begins at 10:15 p.m.!