In her new Elle cover story, Miley Cyrus is real direct with the real talk when it comes to ... well, pretty much everything. Makeup? Not into it, just like her co-coach/judge on The Voice, Alicia Keys. Industry bullshit and the fakeness that comes with that territory? None of that, either. And Mariah Carey — wait, how exactly did Mariah get dragged into this?
Miley's got opinions — some pretty thought-provoking ones — and she was unfiltered when it came to sharing all of them in this feature.
Regarding Mimi, the dig came from a comment Miley made on the Voice set, where she told contestants that not everyone can be MC. The critique had less to do with whistle tones and more to do with Miley encouraging the singers to share their stories and thoughts as opposed to focusing on hype, celebrity, and “shtick.”
“I've never really been a fan, because it's so much about Mariah Carey,” she tells Elle. “That's part of her shtick; I can see through that. That's part of what makes her a gay icon; like, it's about Mimi! It's about what she's wearing, and it's about her. What I make isn't about me. It's about sharing my story; it's about someone being connected to what I'm saying.”
She goes deeper on her thoughts on celebrity and the fame machine, and even goes as far as to call her 2014 Bangerz tour — which had her filling arenas on the regular — “hard for [her] soul” because it felt inauthentic. “I'd rather have people who are enthusiastic about what I'm doing than like, ‘Well, I thought we were going to a Miley Cyrus concert and now it's a strip show!’” she shares. “When I was on my Bangerz tour, it was hard for my soul to walk out and see people with their arms crossed. I walked out so many nights feeling judged. You're at my show, why are you here to judge me? Real fans love you.”
It all comes back to being as real as possible, and that's part of the reason why she's encouraging her Voice team to not necessarily go for the big win, but be themselves and garner support in a way recalls the campaigning of a former presidential candidate: “I don't want this to come off the wrong way, but I'm going to tell my contestants: Be Bernie Sanders. Be the person people want and love. Don't worry about the masses. That's how you make a memorable moment. Let people talk about it.”
Those may be some hard truths, but damn if Miley doesn't come at The Voice with some unexpected wisdom — even if the Elusive Chanteuse got called out in the process.