"I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn't involve an animal and everyone is of age. Yo, I'm down with any adult -- anyone over the age of 18 who is down to love me," she says. But she believes in me more than she believes in any god. And she has." These days, Cyrus only wants to grant others the same clemency.
"I don't relate to being boy or girl, and I don't have to have my partner relate to boy or girl." She says she's had romantic entanglements with women that were just as serious as the ones (Liam Hemsworth, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Nick Jonas) that ended up in Us Weekly. "But people never really looked at it, and I never brought it into the spotlight." She recalls confessing to her mother, at age 14, that she had romantic feelings toward women. Since leaving the Disney cocoon for a pop career, Cyrus has accrued equal amounts of public adoration and derision.
"I see it all day: people in their Bentleys and their Rolls and their Ubers, driving past these vets who have fought for our country, or these young women who have been raped." She pauses.
"I was doing a show two nights ago, and I was wearing butterfly nipple pasties and butterfly wings. " Cyrus grew up outside of Nashville with her brothers and sisters on a 500-acre farm where, she says, she began a formative practice of getting up early in the morning and riding a dirt bike around in the nude.
"If you could see where I am right now, you would be laughing so hard," she says.
"I feel like I'm in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle, and something is about to zap me into nothingness." Cyrus almost immediately starts talking about how she decided to become a vegan last year.
At 22, she's perhaps her generation's most unlikely social activist, and also one of its most powerful.
Now she's harnessing that influence to counter what she sees as an unacceptable reality: young people being persecuted and cast out for their sexuality.
Although her parents' marriage has been, at times, tempestuous -- each has filed for divorce and subsequently called off the proceedings -- Cyrus is wholly enamored with both.She was touring the world in support of Bangerz, her platinum 2013 album, when her beloved dog, Floyd, an Alaskan Klee Kai, was mauled by a coyote.She quit consuming animal products almost immediately."I remember telling her I admire women in a different way. At times the naysayers have been loud, nearly gleeful.There is, for example, a four-minute You Tube montage titled "Miley Cyrus Worst Moments" that features her jokily simulating various sex acts on her buddies, smoking alone in a parked car and crying while singing.