Miley Cyrus pays tribute to Hannah Montana on the 15th anniversary of the show’s debut.
In a post shared on social media on Wednesday, Cyrus, 28, paid tribute to her Disney Channel roots with a long love letter to Hannah Montana, the character she played in the titular series from 2006 to 2011.
“Hi Hannah, it’s been a while, 15 years to be exact.” Cyrus preceded the letter. “From the first time around, I slid that blonde bangs across my forehead in the best attempt to hide my identity. Then I put on a puke pink terrycloth dressing gown with a dazzled HM on it. [heart]. I didn’t know then… this is where you would live forever.
“Not just in my house, but in millions of people around the world,” Cyrus continued. “Although you are considered an ‘alter ego’, in reality there was a time in my life when you held more of my identity in your glove than I did in my bare hands.
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Cyrus, who ultimately ditched his Disney star image in favor of a riskier and more controversial personality, went on to explain how “A LOT has changed” since the conclusion of “Hannah Montana” in 2011 after four seasons.
“We had an even exchange in which you provided an exceptional amount of fame in return for the anonymity I could offer you, but A LOT has changed since then,” Cyrus continued. “You were like a rocket that carried me to the moon and never knocked me down. I couldn’t have imagined filming myself singing ‘I Love Rock N Roll’ against a white wall in the room. My mom’s friend’s kitchen in Nashville, TN the name typed in marquee style letters on the front of a first draft script would make my wildest dreams come true. “
The former Disney actress also lamented the loss of her grandfather, who previously said the publicity leading up to the premiere of “Hannah Montana” was “one of the proudest moments of her life.”
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“You and I have been through it all together my friend. We have shared many firsts. Many times. Highs. Lows. Tears. [and] laughs, “Cyrus noted.” I lost my poppy daddy’s dad on the set of a season 1 first episode. He wanted to hang out long enough to catch the premier on March 24. He spent February 28. “
“He got to see the commercial running during High School Musical which he said was one of the proudest moments of his life + he was a democratic and loud state legislature. My heart was broken but filled with knowing that I could wear his name next to my fathers on each credit, ”she added.
Cyrus shared that she also experienced several firsts on the show.
“I had a romantic experience for the first time in these years,” she revealed. “I embarrassedly started my period in a pair of course white capris the day a ‘cute guy’ was picked and invited to lunch with me. Instead, I passed him in the bathroom. bath with my mom sobbing and scrambling to find a pair of denim. “
“I have gained so many friends over the past 6 years. Emily Osment, Mitchel Musso and Jason Davies have become my family. I saw them more than mine. Well besides my dad who I drove with to work every day until my mom let me buy a Prius, ”added Cyrus.
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The “Can’t Be Tamed” singer then reflected on the latest episode, “Wherever I Go,” which premiered in 2011, calling the show’s ending “bittersweet”.
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“The final episode was appropriately titled ‘Wherever I Go’ after one last song by the teenage pop sensation herself. YOU. Me? Hannah Montana,” Cyrus said. “The first verse sings” Everything is about to change. One chapter ending but the stories have only just begun. A page turns for everyone. “And ends with a booming chorus:” We may be apart but I hope you will always know that you will be with me wherever I go. “”
Cyrus concluded the letter with a poignant reflection on his alter ego and thanked Disney and the team that made “Hannah Montana” possible.
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“Hannah, I hope you hear me and believe these words to be true. You have my loyalty and deepest appreciation until the end,” Cyrus said. “In all sincerity, I say THANK YOU! To the entire Disney team, to all the other cast members, special guests, crew, agents and managers. ESPECIALLY my mom who took me to every lesson and audition even when you had to leave town or do a cross-country movement that my selfless siblings went through. “
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“There isn’t a day that I forget where I’m from. A building in Burbank, Calif., With a room full of people with the power to fulfill my destiny. And that’s what they did.
“They gave me you. The best gift a girl could ask for. I love you Hannah Montana. Forever, Miley,” she concluded.
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