Miley Cyrus' pop star personality continues to puzzle those who want to define her - but her ultimate message is that you can't define people.
In an interview with Variety, Miley opened up about not being comfortable with any of the labels that identify gender and sexuality.
"My whole life, I didn’t understand my own gender and my own sexuality. I always hated the word 'bisexual' because that’s even putting me in a box. I don’t ever think about someone being a boy or someone being a girl," she said.
However, like many LQBTQI youths, Miley didn't always have the tools to understand what was going on. She finally discovered "pansexuality" - which describes a person who is attracted to all genders and sexualities - after meeting other non-gender conforming people.
"I went to the LGBTQ center here in L.A., and I started hearing these stories. I saw one human in particular who didn’t identify as male or female. Looking at them, they were both: beautiful and sexy and tough but vulnerable and feminine but masculine," Miley described.
"And I related to that person more than I related to anyone in my life. Even though I may seem very different, people may not see me as neutral as I feel. But I feel very neutral. I think that was the first gender-neutral person I’d ever met.
"Once I understood my gender more, which was unassigned, then I understood my sexuality more. I was like, 'Oh — that’s why I don’t feel straight and I don’t feel gay. It’s because I’m not.'"
Miley also spoke about coming out to her "religious Southern family" after her first relationship with a woman.
"Even at that time, when my parents didn’t understand, I just felt that one day they are going to understand," she confessed.
Miley is currently in a relationship with Liam Hemsworth. The pair became engaged in 2012 before splitting in 2013. They have since reunited with Miley continuing to wear her engagement ring.
Feature image via Instagram/@mileycyrus