Miley Cyrus literally grew up in the spotlight. From her time starring in Hannah Montana, to her wild years breaking away from her Disney persona, to the end of her decade-long relationship with Liam Hemsworth, fans feel like they've been with the singer every step of the way.
It makes sense, then, that folks would be clamoring for the "Flowers" singer to announce another tour. However, Cyrus has been more than clear about touring not being a part of her plans.
In March 2023, her most recent album, Endless Summer Vacation, dropped and not long afterward, a pair of behind-the-scenes "backyard sessions" released on Hulu. Cyrus dished on personal details about what it was like growing up with fame and how it still affects her today.
The singer has also opened up about touring — and why she's still not interested in doing it again — for a "Used to Be Young" TikTok series.
In a TikTok video posted on August 27, Cyrus said her days traveling as competitive cheerleader "set me up" for touring.
“The show or competition may only be a day, and that’s what people don’t really understand about touring,” she explained. “The show is only 90 minutes, but [as an artist] that’s your life.”
The former child star said she believes artists "performing at a certain level of intensity and excellence" should be afforded an "equal amount of recovery and rest."
“There’s a level of ego that I feel gets overused when I’m on tour," Cyrus explained. "I think when you’re training your ego every single night to be active, that’s the hardest switch for me to turn off."
For Cyrus, what it boils down to is this: Not only is touring physically exhausting it's also emotionally taxing.
“Having — every day — the relationship between you and other humans being subject and observer isn’t healthy for me, because it erases my humanity and my connection," she said in her TikTok video. "Without my humanity, my connection, I can’t be a songwriter, which is my priority."
At this point, Cyrus' last headline arena tour was back in 2014. She addressed her extended break during a May interview with British Vogue, noting that touring no longer serves her.
"I kind of looked at it as more of a question. And I can’t. Not only ‘can’t’ because can’t is your capability, but my desire," she told the publication. "Do I want to live my life for anyone else’s pleasure or fulfillment other than my own?"
Kudos to Cyrus for setting boundaries in her career — something that can't be easy to do as a pop star — in favor of preserving her well-being. And hey, if she ever changes her mind about touring, her fans would be more than happy to oblige.