Miley Cyrus is a true pop culture phenomenon. From books and clothes to purses and guitars, Miley and her alter ego are everywhere. She even has a feature film in the works! And Miley doesn't just play a rock star on TV—she is a multiplatinum recording artist in real life.
"It's insane how much is really going on and changing," Miley says. "But it's been so much fun, and I've just been really blessed to work with all the people I do get to work with."
In fact, Miley says most of her life is just like an average teenager's—she even gets an allowance. "I get treated like a normal kid."
Despite her rock star status, Miley says she thinks she has even less freedom than most kids her age. "I probably have an earlier curfew than anyone, just because I can't be out too late. My mom wants to keep me really safe," she says. "My dad's not overly protective, but he's a dad no matter what."
While she's on tour promoting her album Hannah Montana 2, Miley's mom, grandma and sisters keep her company. "We stay up all night and we watch movies and we hang out with the dancers and we all chill," she says. "It's really fun."
When her dad and younger brother aren't on tour with Miley, they try to catch up with her at stops along the way. "Without being home, we're never in the same spot where we can find a good time just for our family to hang out and have it private and just get to talk to each other," she says. "So that's how we find a little space and we can hang out, even if it's just for five minutes."
After Miley squeezes in some quality time with her family, it's all about the fans! Before the show, she signs autographs and chats with people lined up to meet her. "Seeing them out in the concert and hearing them sing every word that you've handwritten is insane," she says. "I think that's the most rewarding and special thing that I see in any of our shows."
Billy Ray has found a different kind of popularity by playing Miley's TV dad in Hannah Montana. How does it feel to be the real-life father of a teenage phenomenon? "When I read the script [for Hannah Montana], I felt like it was very well written, and I felt like Miley was Hannah Montana and Hannah Montana was Miley," Billy Ray says. "Together they make a really strong package."
Between taping the show and singing together, Miley spends a lot of time with her dad. "It's fun," Miley says. "He's my best friend." But Miley says Billy Ray has an even closer friend, named Tex. "[My dad] is my best friend, but his best friend is our dog," she jokes. "On our way here, we were in a jet and the dog took the couch and I had to sit on the armrest of the couch so the dog could sleep!"
Miley says she has faced some pressure in Hollywood to act a certain way—but she hasn't bowed to it. "You don't have to fall into what everyone else is doing," she says. "I try my hardest just to stay grounded, because I have all these different kinds of people that are older than me, trying to tell me what to do. I just have to say be true to yourself. Be a kid. Grow up slowly."
To reinforce good role models, Miley says her mom, Tish, often brings her articles about celebrities she admires. "[Beyoncé is] her favorite person in the world, and my mom brings me every article," Miley says. "[She says], 'Look, she's so humble, but still amazing.'"
Billy Ray says it didn't quite happen like that. "I was kidding him because they knew I was there," he says. "It's not like I was spying."
"Are you nervous about the whole dating thing?" Oprah asks.
"Not as nervous as I am meeting you," he tells Oprah. "Meeting you—now that's nervous!"
Before they greet the fired up superfans, Miley has a word of advice for Oprah. "It's gonna be so loud. I recommend earplugs," she says.
One girl even fell to the floor, crying happy tears! "I watch her shows all the time and I watch them On Demand and I love her songs and everything and it's wonderful," she says.
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