Miley Cyrus covers the summer issue of Paper magazine. For the story—which accompanied a nude photo shoot—Cyrus talked with Amanda Petrusich about her sexuality, her new-found interest in activism on behalf of the homeless, and even a little bit about her next album, the highly-anticipated follow-up to Bangerz. Read highlights from the conversation below, and check out the whole story here.
On her sexuality: "I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn't involve an animal and everyone is of age. 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. I don't relate to being boy or girl, and I don't have to have my partner relate to boy or girl."
On telling her mother she liked women: "I remember telling her I admire women in a different way. And she asked me what that meant. And I said, I love them. I love them like I love boys. And it was so hard for her to understand. 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."
On her interest in helping the less fortunate: "I can't drive by in my fucking Porsche and not fucking do something. I see it all day: people in their Bentleys and their Rolls and their Ubers, driving past these vets who have fought for our country, or these young women who have been raped."
On her next full-length: "I don't have to have writers, I don't have to have fuckin' producers in there. Mike Will will text me a beat, and I'll go in my studio and work on it by myself."
On her famous dad, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus: He's a "cool hippie psycho freak," but also a "conservative-ass motherfucker."
On religious fundamentalists: "Those people [shouldn't] get to make our laws. That's fucking insane. We've outgrown that fairy tale, like we've outgrown fucking Santa and the tooth fairy."
Revisit Cyrus's surprise FADER fort performance here.