When Hannah Montana came to an end more than nine years ago, it was definitely a sad time for everyone — including Miley Cyrus! Yep, the actress just opened up about how hard it was for her when the series went off the air, and she admitted that she “didn’t know what to do with herself” after it concluded.
“I had a routine doing my show. From the time I was 12, I went to the same studio every single day, drove there with my dad, and I knew what my life would be. I’d get to work at 8:30 A.M., I’d do my three hours of school, put my friggin’ wig on, and mash my mouth around and have my lip syncs and all that. When Hannah Montana ended, I started experiencing anxiety, and I think that’s because I didn’t know what to do with myself,” the former Disney star admitted to Wall Street Journal in a new interview. “When I’m not using my abilities, my abilities can get me into trouble.”
The 27-year-old explained how when the coronavirus pandemic started and she was forced to stay indoors, she started to experience severe anxiety once again. But that’s what encouraged her to start her new Instagram series, “Bright Minded.”
“Like a lot of people, I started experiencing anxiety, and I began calling my therapist,” Miley added. “I know I’m in a unique position, and my experience with this pandemic is not like most everyone else’s in my country and around the world. So to be able to share his services for free and allow people to get this therapy, I thought was really important … I use my music and entertainment because that does provide a source of escapism for the people who like pop culture. But that’s not always at the forefront of my priorities.”
Previously, during an episode of her Instagram show, the “Wrecking Ball” songstress opened up about how she felt like she had no “self-worth” after HM came to an end.
“When we had just ended Hannah Montana, I didn’t really know what to do with my life or my time because our schedules for eight years were so filled. Every morning same schedule, same ritual. We knew what our life was. And that’s why I think a lot of the worry and anxiety and fear is happening to so many people around the globe. Some days we don’t love to get up for work, some days are harder than others but it gives us a structure. It gives us an idea that we know what we’re going to do today,” she explained. “When you lose that routine, you fee like you don’t even know what to do with yourself.”
“For me, I didn’t know my worth because so much of my worth and value was wrapped up in a character that I got to go be five days a week,” she continued. “Kids would enjoy it every night at home, but [when it ended] I felt like I had less value because I wasn’t contributing to that anymore.”
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