Miley Cyrus didn’t wear shorts or bikinis for years after her infamous performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards because she was hurt by the memes about her appearance.
The Wrecking Ball singer hit the stage wearing a fuzzy grey bodysuit and then stripped it off to reveal nude Latex underwear ahead of her raunchy duet with Robin Thicke, which hit headlines worldwide.
Following the controversial show, trolls shared images of Miley’s bottom in the nude pants alongside pictures of a plucked turkey or chicken, and speaking to Demi Lovato on her IGTV show Bright Minded: Live with Miley, the 27-year-old admitted the memes made her stop wearing bikinis and shorts.
“I basically went through two or three years where I wouldn’t wear shorts. I stopped wearing skirts on stage, all this s**t, because after the VMAs and I had on my cute new bodysuit, everyone started comparing me to a turkey,” she explained. “I was like just so skinny and so pasty and they kept putting me next to this turkey, and I was feeling so bad about myself that I did not wear a bikini for like two years.
“No one thought that that would’ve ever made me feel some type of way… It was just really, really hurtful to be so body-shamed like that. And it really affected me in my personal life.”
Miley also confessed she felt like a “fraud” for presenting herself as super confident to the public when she was really insecure on the inside.
“What was so hard about it was my brand has always been about being so unapologetically myself and being confident, and the worst thing that I would feel like I would be to my fans would be lying or a fraud,” she shared. “I felt like having this persona of being the most confident girl on the planet was actually kind of fraud because I was so insecure on the inside that in my personal life I wasn’t even wearing bathing suits and shorts. And when I was wearing like my little leotards and things, I had on f**king four pairs of tights because I was so insecure.”
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