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To celebrate the 15th anniversary of her star-making comedy series Hannah Montana, in which she played a teenage girl who secretly moonlights as a pop singer, Cyrus published a handwritten note thanking the character.
In it, Cyrus wrote that Montana served as a “rocket that flew me to the moon and never brought me back down”, and recalled a number of life-altering moments the pair experienced together.
“Although you are considered to be an ‘alter ego,’ in reality there was a time in my life when you held more of my identity in your glovette than I did in my bare hands,” Cyrus wrote in the letter.
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“I experienced falling in love for the first time in those years,” Cyrus added. “Embarrassingly started my period in a pair of white Capris, of course on the day a ‘cute guy’ was cast and asked to have lunch with me. Instead I spent it in the bathroom with my mom sobbing and scrambling to find a pair of fresh denim.”
Cyrus also remembered her late grandfather’s excitement over her first major acting role, and how he ultimately died just weeks before the show officially premiered.
“I lost my pappy... while on set filming an early episode of season one,” Cyrus wrote. “He wanted to hold on long enough to catch the premiere on 24 March. He passed [on] 28 February. He did get to see the commercial that ran during High School Musical which he claimed was one of the proudest moments in his lifetime.”
The official Hannah Montana Twitter account responded to the letter with trademark humour, writing: “Nice to hear from you @MileyCyrus. It’s only been a decade.”
Cyrus fans were more receptive to the letter. “My heart!” wrote one person. Another added: “This genuinely made me cry wtf.”
Hannah Montana came to a close in 2011, with Cyrus going on to have a successful music career.
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