“She didn’t want me to be judged and she didn’t want me to go to hell. But she believes in me more than she believes in any God. I just asked for her to accept me. And she has,” Cyrus continued, adding, “I don’t relate to being boy or girl, and I don’t have to have my partner relate to boy or girl.” Cyrus came out as pansexual in 2015.
In October 2016, Cyrus told Variety, “My whole life, I didn’t understand my own gender and my own sexuality. I always hated the word bisexual because that’s even putting me in a box. I don’t ever think about someone being a boy or someone being a girl.” She added, “My first relationship in my life was with a chick. I grew up in a very religious Southern family. Once I understood my gender more, which was unassigned, then I understood my sexuality more. I was like, ‘Oh — that’s why I don’t feel straight and I don’t feel gay. It’s because I’m not.”
The singer spoke about her sexuality as early as in 2013 when she told the Toronto Sun, “Everyone said I was a lesbian but I’m like, being a lesbian isn’t bad. So if you think I look like I’m a lesbian, I’m not offended. You can call me much worse. Being a lesbian is a compliment.”
Cyrus further revealed her coming to her own sexuality. “I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age,” she said. “Everything that’s legal, I’m down with. Yo, I’m down with any adult — anyone over the age of 18 who is down to love me,” Cyrus added.