Miley Cyrus Compares Herself To Taylor Swift: “I’m Not Trying To Be In The Squad”

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By Shari Weiss

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Miley Cyrus doesn’t feels she’s left out of Taylor Swift’s star-studded group of friends and collaborators.

Noting Swift’s posse of “musicians, actresses, models, entrepreneurs,” Cyrus says, “I’m not trying to be in the squad. None of my friends are famous and not because of any other reason than I just like real people who are living real lives, because I’m inspired by them.”

The apparent diss comes in a new, wide-ranging New York Times interview mostly about Cyrus’ surprise free album, Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz. Speaking to the newspaper in advance of the VMAs, where she would close the ceremony with a wild performance of her new song “Dooo It” and then unexpectedly announce the record was streaming online, the singer says, “That’s what I’ve got the luxury to do. I can just do what I want to do, and make the music I want to make.” She later clarifies, “This music was not meant to be a rebellion. It was meant to be a gift.”

Cyrus speaks at length about her closeness with Wayne Coyne, who contributed a lot to the record, and even recalls a “trippy” experience where, with the help of a Chinese healer, she says the “energy” of her dead dog Floyd went into the Flaming Lips front man. But don’t be confused about their status. “He’s everything in the world — you can’t even define us,” says Cyrus. “I am 100 percent in love with Wayne, and Wayne is in love with me, but it’s nothing sexual in any way. That would be the grossest.”

The pop star doesn’t otherwise talk about her relationships, except to acknowledge her gender fluidity. Cyrus confesses, “For a long time I didn’t understand my own sexuality. I would get really frustrated and think I’d never understand what I am, because I can’t even figure out if I’m feeling more like a girl or boy. It took me talking to enough trans people to realize that I didn’t ever have to decide on one.”

Her personality is something that isn’t set in stone, either.”It’s really scary. If one of my friends doesn’t see me for two or three weeks, you have to re-get to know me in a way,” explains Cyrus. “My soul will still be the same, but everything around me can be different, and I won’t dress the same and maybe different kinds of people will be around.”

But Cyrus is confident about one thing she’ll never be again: cookie-cutter. “I don’t think I’ll grow that way,” she says about fitting into the “mainstream,” adding, “It seems like it would be backwards.” She further notes that her camp tells her how they’ve “never seen someone at my level, especially a woman, have this much freedom.”

“I literally can do whatever I want. It’s insane,” says Cyrus. TELL US: What do you think of Cyrus carving her own path and not wanting to be part of Swift’s “squad”?

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