Miley Cyrus spoke out about her decision to stop touring and why she believes life on the road is “unhealthy.”
In the video series inspired by her latest single, “Used to Be Young,” Cyrus delves into her past and explores her transformation in the public eye.
@MileyNation13 tweeted short clips of two of her hit numbers, ‘The Climb’ and ‘Used To Be Young’:
miley cyrus’s the climb x used to be young 🏻pic.twitter.com/IH1c0zDNdQ
— Miley Nation (@MileyNation13) August 28, 2023
“The show is only 90 minutes but that’s your life,” she mentions in the clip shared on TikTok. “If you’re performing at a certain level of intensity and excellence, there should be an equal amount of recovery and rest.”
Cyrus revealed that live performance is all about “training your ego” to be “active,” and she finds it hard to “turn it off.”
“Having every day the relationship between you and other humans being subject and observer isn’t healthy for me, because it erases my humanity and my connection, and without my humanity, my connection, I can’t be a songwriter, which is my priority,” Cyrus stated.
Miley Cyrus on why touring isn’t “healthy” for her:
“Having every day the relationship between you and other humans being subject and observer isn’t healthy for me because it erases my humanity and my connection. And without my humanity and my connection, I can’t be a… pic.twitter.com/rV0dWaDLSG
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) August 27, 2023
Cyrus set off on her first blockbuster tour at the young age of 14 in 2007.
As a preteen, Cyrus was cast as the star of Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana.” Following the show’s remarkable popularity, she performed as her fictional alter-ego during the Best of Both Worlds Tour, which comprised 71 stops across the United States and Canada.
Cyrus hasn’t performed in a huge arena since the Bangerz Tour in 2014, however she did book smaller venues in 2015 to promote her fifth album, “Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz.”
Cyrus has only done one-off gigs and headlined festivals such as Glastonbury and Lollapalooza in the years since.
Fans were clamoring for a new round of tour dates following the March release of her eighth album, “Endless Summer Vacation,” especially now that the industry is back in full gear post-pandemic, featuring artists like Taylor Swift and Beyoncé performing to sold-out stadiums.
Instead, Cyrus surprised fans when she indicated that she was done touring for good.
“I can’t. Not only ‘can’t,’ because can’t is your capability, but my desire,” she revealed to British Vogue. “Do I want to live my life for anyone else’s pleasure or fulfillment other than my own?”
“Singing for hundreds of thousands of people isn’t really the thing that I love,” she went on to say. “There’s no connection. There’s no safety.”
Cyrus clarified her statements in an open letter to fans after the interview was published in May.
“This has nothing to do with a lack of appreciation for the fans & everything to do with I simply don’t want to get ready in a locker room. Which is the reality of life on the road,” she wrote. “I just don’t want to sleep on a moving bus. It isn’t what’s best for me right NOW, & if you’ve been following my career you know that I always change and the way I feel about that could too.”
@MileyCyrus posted a 20-second clip of her latest single, ‘Used To Be Young’ with a caption that reads: “This song is about honoring who we’ve been, loving who we are & celebrating who we will become. I feel proud when reflecting on my past and joyful when thinking about the future. I am grateful to my loyal fans who make my dreams a reality daily. I am sincerely thankful for the stability of your steadfast support. This song is for you. Truly, Miley”:
USED TO BE YOUNG. OUT NOW.
This song is about honoring who we’ve been, loving who we are & celebrating who we will become. I feel proud when reflecting on my past and joyful when thinking about the future. I am grateful to my loyal fans who make my dreams a reality daily. I am… pic.twitter.com/pUVRNlB1RD
— Miley Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) August 25, 2023