People.com Entertainment Music Miley Cyrus Says Playing Hannah Montana Caused Her to Have an 'Identity Crisis' Miley Cyrus said in a recent podcast episode that the "concept" of the Disney channel show was that "without being Hannah Montana, no one cares about you" By Cher Published on March 5, 2021 11:37 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Miley Cyrus. Photo: David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Miley Cyrus is opening up about the "identity crisis" she suffered after playing the role of Hannah Montana. Cyrus, 28, shared on Spotify's Rock This with Allison Hagendorf podcast on Friday that the role had a big impact on her sense of self. "Talk about an identity crisis," she said of playing the titular role of the regular teen by day, pop star by night. Cyrus starred as Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel for four seasons from 2006 to 2011. Cyrus went on to say that Hannah was "a character almost as often as I was myself, and actually, the concept of the show is that when you're this character, when you have this alter ego, you're valuable. You've got, like, millions of fans, you're the biggest star in the world, and then the concept was that when I looked like myself, when I didn't have the wig on anymore, no one cared about me, I wasn't a star anymore." Miley Cyrus. John Angelillo/UPI/Shutterstock Miley Cyrus Says Hannah Montana 'Was Not a Character': I 'Had to Really Come to Terms with That' "So, that was drilled into my head," the "Prisoner" singer continued. "Like, without being Hannah Montana, no one cares about you. And that was the concept." Cyrus said she "really had to break that" mentality, adding that her album Bangerz was her first foray into finding her identity outside of the Disney channel character. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. "And so I really had to break that," she said, "and I think that's maybe why I almost created a characterized version of myself at times. ... I never created a character where it wasn't me, but I was aware of how people saw me and I maybe played into it a little bit." Miley Cyrus Joins Hannah Montana Parody with Lil Nas X as She Asks Megan Thee Stallion to Collab In a December interview with Rolling Stone, Cyrus said that she "felt like I was never going to amount to the success of Hannah Montana," adding that she "had to evolve" because the character was "larger than life." "Really, Hannah Montana was not a character," she added. "The concept of the show, it's me. I've had to really come to terms with that and not be third-person about it." Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana. DISNEY CHANNEL/BYRON COHEN Cyrus has still been able to look back on her Hannah Montana days with a lighthearted lens. Earlier this week, Cyrus joked around about the character on social media with Lil Nas X and Megan Thee Stallion. The singer paid homage to her former alter ego in a TikTok duet with Nas X and a tweet about a collaboration with Megan.