She is the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife Tish. Billy Ray is best known for his 1992 hit single "Achy Breaky Heart
" The pair performed a duet together in 2009, "Butterfly Fly Away
," for the soundtrack of Hannah Montana: The Movie
Miley has five siblings - two half-brothers, a half-sister and a younger brother and sister. One of her maternal half brothers, Trace Cyrus, was the frontman of Metro Station, who had a Top 10 hit with "Shake It
Her birth name is Destiny Hope, but she acquired a childhood nickname of Smiley because of her cheerful disposition, which was eventually shortened to Miley. In January 2008, she legally changed her name from Destiny Hope Cyrus to Miley Ray Cyrus. ("Ray" being for her grandfather, Ronald Ray Cyrus, whom she was especially close to).
When she turned eight, Miley's family moved to Toronto, Canada where Billy Ray took a role in the TV series Doc. Her first acting job came alongside her father in Doc, when she appeared as Kylie in the pilot episode.
In 2005, Miley was cast as the lead in the Disney TV series Hannah Montana, having originally tried out for the part of "Lilly Truscott." Her portrayal of a teen who has a secret identity as recording superstar Hannah Montana was a smash hit and resulted in Miley becoming a teen superstar.
When the Hannah Montana 2 (Soundtrack)/Meet Miley Cyrus album topped the Billboard 200, the 14-year-old Miley became the youngest solo female singer to ever have a #1 album on the chart.
Miley's lyrics for her 2008 single, "Fly on the Wall
l" were written about the constant attention she was getting. She explained at the time to MTV News: "'Fly on the Wall' is about the media. It's about how they think they know everything about me, when they don't. They want to be a fly on my wall and watch me 24/7."
Miley started showing signs that she wanted to start to distance herself from her teen fan base when she sparked controversy at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards. Her performance of "Party in the U.S.A.
" featured a pole protruding from an ice cream cart and some provocative dance moves.
By the time Miley released her fourth album Bangerz
, in 2013, she had become associated with a controversial public image. Its singles "We Can't Stop
," "Wrecking Ball
" and "Adore You
" were all promoted with provocative music videos and Miley's twerking performance at the MTV Video Music Awards was one of the most discussed pop culture moments of the year.
Miley was chosen by Time as one of their finalists for the magazine's Person of the Year in November 2013. She came in third place with 16.3% of the vote.
She has dated Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers
and model Justin Gaston. Miley met Australian actor Liam Hemsworth in 2009 on the set of her movie, The Last Song
and was engaged to him for about a year before breaking up in 2013. Several of the Bangerz
tracks were inspired by the end of their relationship.
Cyrus and Hemsworth got back together a few years later. They tied the knot in an intimate wedding ceremony at their Tennessee home on December 23, 2018. Cyrus announced their separation on August 10, 2019.
Miley is known for her love of dogs, often posting photos of herself with her pet pooches on Twitter and Facebook, and frequently being snapped by the paparazzi walking them around town.
Speaking to Lady La on her radio show in January 2014, Miley revealed that she wears heels a lot as she's only 5'4" and tries to look 5'9."
Miley is often seen sticking her tongue out in photos. She admits to doing so as she feels feeling uncomfortable. "I'm so embarrassed, because people are taking pictures of me, and I just don't know how to," she said. "I don't know how to smile, and just be awkward, so I stick my tongue out, because I don't know what else to do."
Miley Cyrus' Malibu home, which she shared with Hemsworth, was destroyed in the Californian wildfires of November 2018. The singer was away at the time but the Australian actor was able to save their many pets.
During Miley Cyrus' appearance in November 2020 on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the host revealed that the singer has 74 tattoos.