Miley Cyrus pens handwritten letter to ‘alter ego’ Hannah Montana on 15th anniversary of show
It’s been 15 years since “Hannah Montana” premiered on Disney Channel, and Miley Cyrus is feeling nostalgic.
In honor of the Disney show’s anniversary Wednesday, the 28-year-old singer shared a heartfelt tribute to the character that catapulted her into a spotlight.
“Hi Hannah, it’s been a while. 15 years to be exact,” Cyrus started off the handwritten letter, which was written in purple ink.
“Since the first time I slid those blonde bangs over my forehead in the best attempt to conceal my identity. Then slipped into a puke pink terry cloth robe with a bedazzled HM over the <3. I didn’t know then … that is where you would live forever. Not just in mine but millions of people around the world.”
Cyrus, who has been open about her mixed feelings towards child stardom, acknowledged that even though the pop sensation was her “alter ego,” “there was a time in my life when you held more of an identity in your glove than I did in my bare hands.” Earlier this month, she talked about the “identity crisis” she suffered while playing a character “as often as I was myself.”
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“You + I have been through it all together my friend. We’ve shared many firsts. A lot of lasts. Ups. Downs. Tears + laughs,” Cyrus continued in her letter.
In addition to thanking Hannah Montana for providing “a superlative amount of fame in return for the anonymity I could gift to you,” the “Party in the USA” singer reminisced about the unforgettable memories while growing up on set.
“I experienced falling in love for the first time in those years,” she wrote, even including a more “embarrassing” anecdote about starting her first period on the day “a ‘cute guy’ was cast + asked to have lunch with me.”
“Instead I spent it in the bathroom with my mom sobbing + scrambling to find a pair of fresh denim.”
Cyrus then took the time to thank her co-stars, Emily Osment and Mitchel Musso, who played Hannah’s best friends, and Jason Earles, who played her older brother Jackson— all of whom she called “my family” — along with her grandmother “Mammie,” who “ran my fan club Miley World.”
She wrote it was “bittersweet” to leave behind her iconic character, “a huge piece of me.” However, she reassured that Hannah will still “be with me wherever I go,” referencing the final episode of the long-standing show.
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“The finale episode was appropriately titled ‘Wherever I Go’ after a final song by the teen pop sensation herself. You. Me? Hannah Montana. The first verse sings ‘Everything is about to change. A chapter ending but the stories only just begun. A page is turning for everyone.’ and closes on a soaring chorus belting ‘we might be apart but I hope you always know youll (sic) be with me wherever I go.’ “
Cyrus concluded her tribute by expressing her gratitude for Hannah Montana, writing that “breathing life into you for those 6 years was an honor.”
“You have all my love + upmost gratitude. I am indebted not only to you Hannah but to any + everyone who believed in me from the beginning. You all have my loyalty + deepest appreciation until the end. With all sincerity I say thank you!”
She then thanked her cast members, special guests, crew, agents, managers and her mother, who “took me to every lesson + audition even when it required leaving town.
“Not a day goes by I forget where I came from. A building in Burbank California with a room full of people with the power to fulfill my destiny. And that they did,” she wrote. “They gave me you. The greatest gift a girl could ask for. I love you Hannah Montana. Forever, Miley.”
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