Miley Cyrus, a prominent figure in the music industry, has candidly discussed her personal struggles with the demands of touring, shedding light on why this aspect of her career has been challenging for her well-being.
In a recent episode of the ‘Used To Be Young‘ interview series for TikTok, released on August 27 alongside her new song of the same name, the pop sensation offered insight into the multifaceted reasons that make touring a difficult endeavor for her.
Earlier this year in May, Miley Cyrus announced a hiatus from touring, explaining that performing for massive crowds wasn’t what she truly loved. The response from her fans led her to clarify on social media that she felt more connected to her fan base than ever before, aiming to dispel any misunderstandings.
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Expanding on her sentiments in the interview, Cyrus emphasized that the challenge of touring is often misunderstood. She described the paradox of a tour: while the show itself may last only 90 minutes, it consumes a significant portion of one’s life. The intensity and excellence required in every performance should ideally be balanced with sufficient recovery and rest.
Cyrus delved deeper, explaining that touring tends to activate a level of ego that can be difficult to switch off once ignited. She shared that this constant activation of ego, a necessary component of performing at her best, can lead to an unbalanced sense of self when not on stage.
Moreover, the constant dynamic of being the “subject” of the performance and the audience as the “observer” takes a toll on her sense of humanity and connection. Cyrus acknowledged that this dichotomy erases her genuine connection with others, which in turn affects her ability to write songs, her true passion.
In her initial announcement in May, Cyrus made it clear that her decision was not a lack of appreciation for her fans. She expressed gratitude for the years of shared experiences and stated that her choice was based on a desire to escape the less glamorous aspects of tour life, like getting ready in a locker room.