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Miley Cyrus Elaborates: 'I've Had Boyfriends or Girlfriends'

Miley Cyrus Elaborates: 'I've Had Boyfriends or Girlfriends'

Miley Cyrus Elaborates: 'I've Had Boyfriends or Girlfriends'

The music star expands on comments about her not-straight relationships.

Miley Cyrus has expanded on her comments earlier this week about having relationships that were not straight, telling Time magazine, “There are times in my life where I’ve had boyfriends or girlfriends.”

The music star, however, doesn’t wish to call herself gay, straight, or bisexual. “I’m not hiding my sexuality. For me, I don’t want to label myself as anything,” she told Time. “We love putting people in categories, but what I like sexually isn’t going to label me as a person.”

She also emphasized that it’s important to be all right with not being in a relationship. “It has a lot to do with being a feminist, but I’m finally OK with being alone,” she said. “I think that’s something we have to talk about more: that you can be alone. … I think that’s a new freedom for women, especially. I don’t know that my mother would have been able to be 22 and secure in being alone. But my future doesn’t rely on having a partner.”

Cyrus’s earlier remarks about her past relationships came with the launch of her Happy Hippie Foundation, which will benefit programs that support homeless LGBT young people. This includes the creation of online support groups. Cyrus, Joan Jett, and Laura Jane Grace have recorded a series of music videos to encourage fans to donate to the foundation; the latest one, “Androgynous,” was released on our sibling site The Advocate today.

Cyrus also spoke to Time about taking up the cause of a Lansing, Mich., teenager who was told by an adult at her school she couldn’t wear a “Legalize Gay” T-shirt there. Cyrus made a supportive phone call to the teen and publicized the situation on social media. The principal of the school told Time she will speak with the person who admonished the student, who was not a teacher or an administrator, and that students have the right to express their views.

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