Miley Cyrus has said she is gender-neutral.
The pansexual singer referred to herself as “a gender-neutral, sexually fluid person” in an interview with Billboard magazine.
Speaking about her appearance as a judge on The Voice right after the US presidential election, she said she had wanted to change people’s minds about gender.
“I needed some sparkle in my life, to make me able to deal. Radiating love is something that is important to me – hopefully, that is being political.”
The Wrecking Ball singer explained that she doesn’t feel like a girl or a boy: “I just feel like nothing.”
And the 24-year-old said she sometimes asks her fiancé, actor Liam Hemsworth, “Do you like being a boy?”
Hemsworth, most famous for his portrayal of Gale in Hunger Games, generally responds with: “I don’t really think about it,” according to Cyrus.
“And that’s crazy to me,” Cyrus said, “because I think about being a girl all the time.
“I’m always like: ‘It’s weird that I’m a girl, because I just don’t feel like a girl, and I don’t feel like a boy.
“I just feel like nothing.’”
The singer has spoken about feeling “very neutral” before, but this seems to be the first time she used the phrase “gender-neutral” to describe herself.
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Cyrus said her perspective on the world also leads her to have negative reactions to men who too stringently obey their gender stereotype.
She added that her gender expression was not static, and neither were the genders of her partners.
“I’m a little bit boyish. But I can also be super femme and dress as a bunny rabbit.
“Who I’m with has nothing to do with sex – I’m super open, pansexual, that’s just me.”
Last year, Cyrus opened up about her struggle coming to terms with her identity.
“My whole life, I didn’t understand my own gender and my own sexuality. I always hated the word ‘bisexual,’ because that’s even putting me in a box,” she told Variety.
“I don’t ever think about someone being a boy or someone being a girl,” she added.
Cyrus has been outspoken in her support of the LGBT community – even getting a tattoo in support equal marriage in 2011.