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Miley Cyrus says working on Hannah Montana left her with an 'identity crisis'.
Cyrus starred in the Disney Channel sitcom between 2006 and 2011, even having a string of US top 10 under the guise of lead character Hannah Montana, before leaving and going on to release music under her own name.
But the 'Wrecking Ball' singer has now revealed that playing the character for so long took its toll.
Speaking on the Rock This with Allison Hagnedorf podcast recently, she said: "Talk about an identity crisis.
"I had gone from being 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 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.
"So, that was drilled into my head. Like, without being Hannah Montana, no one cares about you. And that was the concept."
Cyrus went on to talk about how she decided to create 'a characterised version' of herself to help combat how she felt.
She added: "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.
"Like when I noticed that people gave a s*** that I would stick my tongue out. When they told me, 'Stop sticking your f***ing tongue out,' I would do it more.
"The more they tell you not to do something... probably the more impactful it's going to be.
"And when people are p***ed, that means they care, so that makes you want to do it to."
Last month, Cyrus broke down in tears during her performance of 'Wrecking Ball' at the Super Bowl Concert.
Struggling to get through the track, Cyrus could be seen to drop her head and wipe away some tears.
She then bravely admitted: "Singing that song, 'Wrecking Ball', about feeling completely broken and shattered... everyone's suffering is different, even everyone's threshold of pain.
"I wear a lot of glitter and I wear a lot of armour, and I also wear my heart on my sleeve, and it gets broken a lot."
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