The 30-year-old singer opened up about their different upbringings that affected how they handled fame.
Miley Cyrus is opening up about her country star dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, and how their relationship to fame has differed throughout her life. The 30-year-old singer confessed that they have "wildly different" upbringings that affected how they handled fame. In the pop star's new Hulu special "Endless Summer Vacation: Continued (Backyard Sessions)" she got candid about Ray Cyrus' upbringing in Kentucky and her childhood as the daughter of a prominent musician.
"My dad grew up the opposite of me," she said in the special, per TODAY. "I grew up on a soundstage, in a house with a family that was super close and all lived under the same roof. And I grew up financially stable and emotionally stable I think in my relationships also. And that’s something that my dad didn’t have. I’ve seen how that affects a lot of people who go from having nothing to everything. It’s a really dangerous place. So I think that’s where me and my dad’s relationship to fame and success is wildly different."
Miley was raised by Ray Cyrus, 62, and his ex-wife Tish after her father first experienced fame. Referencing his breakout single "Achy Breaky Heart," she added, "When I was born, my dad had the No. 1 country song. When I see the numbers, I just see the humans behind it enjoying the music, and I just see people in numbers. A number doesn’t change who I am."
Miley understands why her father reacts differently to fame "having nothing to everything," the Grammy nominee said adding that it is a "really dangerous place." She continued while holding back tears, "Him feeling loved by a big audience impacted him emotionally more than it ever could me. When he feels special or important, it’s like healing a childhood wound, and I’ve always been made to feel like a star. It makes me emotional, so I think that’s the difference."
"The Wrecking Ball" singer also shows old footage of watching her father play guitar and sing when she was a young child. "I do have a lot of great memories singing music with my dad and learning and watching his voice and the way that he’s using the instrument," she beamed. "I will say that I feel vocally my dad was underappreciated."
As for her personal life, the singer has been healing from her painful divorce from Liam Hemsworth. The two first met in 2009 while filming "The Last Song," and entered an on-and-off relationship with "The Hunger Games" actor for several years. The two eventually got married in 2018 but ended the union after eight months of marriage. Earlier this year, a source told PEOPLE in March that the singer is now thriving after dealing with the aftermath of the painful separation.
"She's the healthiest and happiest she's been in a long time," they shared. "Everyone was blaming her for the divorce and calling her this wild child, but that wasn't fair. Their relationship and marriage were toxic, and she was heartbroken." The "Flowers" singer is "not trying to bash Liam, but she feels like she has every right to own the narrative after everyone was picking her apart after the breakup," the insider added.