In an interview with Vanity Fair, the 26-year-old offered her thoughts on the union she shares with the Australian actor and provided further insight by reading the essay she had written prior to the interview.
Being someone who takes such pride in individuality and freedom, and being a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, I’ve been inspired by redefining again what a relationship in this generation looks like.
Attempting to deconstruct certain ideas, she continued:
Sexuality and gender identity are completely separate from partnership. I wore a dress on my wedding day because I felt like it, I straightened my hair because I felt like it, but that doesn’t make me become some instantly “polite hetero lady.”
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Over the course of her interview with Vanity Fair, Miley compared the concept of traditional marriage with the one she has with Liam.
“The reason that people get married sometimes can be old-fashioned, but I think the reason we got married isn’t old-fashioned – I actually think it’s kind of New Age,” she said.
“We’re redefining, to be fucking frank, what it looks like for someone that’s a queer person like myself to be in a hetero relationship. A big part of my pride and my identity is being a queer person.”
What I preach is: People fall in love with people, not gender, not looks, not whatever. What I’m in love with exists on almost a spiritual level. It has nothing to do with sexuality.
Miley elaborated on this by asserting her stance on the role sexuality and gender plays in marriage.
“Relationships and partnerships in a new generation – I don’t think they have so much to do with sexuality or gender,” she said. “Sex is actually a small part, and gender is a very small, almost irrelevant part of relationships.”
The 26-year-old singer said her bond with Liam Hemsworth got stronger after they lost their home in the Woolsey Fire in November 2018.
“When you experience what we experienced together with someone, it is like glue. You’re the only two people in the world who can understand,” she told Vanity Fair.
She also shared how the fire, which took place one month before she married Hemsworth in a December ceremony, influenced their relationship.
“I’m not sure without losing Malibu, we would’ve been ready to take this step or ever even gotten married, who can say?” she wrote. “But the timing felt right and I go with my heart.”
Since getting married, Cyrus says life between the two isn’t that different.
“I would say that losing the house changed us much more than getting married changed us,” she told the outlet. “We’ve worn rings forever, and I definitely didn’t need it in any way. It actually is kind of out of character for me.”
The March 2019 issue of Vanity Fair is available on the iPhone, Kindle and other devices on February 26. You can also pick it up on newsstands nationally on March 5.