The pop star opens up about her fiancé, Britney Spears, and Bernie Sanders

By Emily Kirkpatrick
September 12, 2016 01:52 PM
Courtesy Elle

At times, Miley Cyrus may seem like an alien sent to Earth in order to teach us all about the wonders of rainbows, glitter and generally letting one’s freak flag fly. But the pop star isn’t only all pasties and mesh apparel; she can also be very grown-up and sophisticated when the situation calls for it. Though that aspect of her personality may not make quite as many appearances as her prosthetics-baring, barely-clothed stage persona, Miley let her softer side shine through in her latest cover interview with Elle Magazine in which she gets real about her on-again, off-again (now on-again!) fiancé, giving back, and encouraging others to be like Bernie Sanders.

For a star who loves to share her life on social media, Cyrus feels the exact opposite about doing so on a red carpet ever again. Why the about face? “[A year ago] I had to do the [A Very Murray Christmas] premiere, and I will never do a red carpet again,” she said. “Why, when people are starving, am I on a carpet that’s red? Because I’m ‘important’? Because I’m ‘famous’? That’s not how I roll. It’s like a skit—it’s like Zoolander.”

Courtesy Elle
Courtesy Elle

But besides, who has time to attend one award show after the next when you just signed on to be the newest member of The Voice‘s star-studded panel of judges? When asked about her coaching style compared to that of her castmates, Miley seems to approach her new role with an equally altruistic spirit, saying, “…I don’t want this to come off the wrong way, but I’m going to tell my contestants: Be Bernie Sanders. Be the person people want and love. Don’t worry about the masses. That’s how you make a memorable moment. Let people talk about it.”

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Miley also talked to Elle about another former Disney child star, expressing her concern and support for her friend Britney Spears. She told the magazine, “[My manager Adam Leber] works with her; we’ve stayed close because of that. She’s a little distant in her world. I just want Britney to be happy. Every time she puts out new music, I’m like, ‘Is that what she wants to be doing? Or does she just want to chill?’ She’s looking so good right now, and looking happy.”

07/28/2016 Miley Cyrus

And while it may seem like the pop star is a social media pro, sharing every detail of her life on her Instagram account, Cyrus admits that she still hasn’t quite mastered Snapchat.  “I don’t know how to use it,” she confesses, “I feel like I’ll be an old lady that’s too held back, because I don’t keep up with it. I’m not on Pokémon Go. [This morning] Liam woke up and tried to go to the car wash because it was a—what do you call it?—PokéSpot. Like, ‘Got to go find them and catch them all! Ahh!'”

Speaking of her rumored fiancé, in the photos shot by Terry Tsiolis, Miley prominently displays that tell-tale engagement ring, wearing a top from Chloé on the cover, and a Giambattista Valli dress and Rodarte blouse and skirt inside the pages in an elegant all-white color palette. Could the singer be taking a few nuptial looks out for a test drive before her big day?

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