Miley Cyrus’ Biography, Net Worth and More

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Miley Cyrus in 2019. Photo by Ralph_PH.

Last updated on May 9th, 2022 at 05:28 pm

Miley Cyrus is a well-known and outspoken American artist, singer, songwriter, actress, and influencer.  

First hitting the spotlight on the Disney Channel as Hannah Montana, Miley has since grown as a performing artist. She has released several number one hits over the last decade and has left her mark on the music industry.  

Her music incorporates many styles, including country, pop, rock, hip hop, and experimental.  

This article will give you a look into Miley’s life and her rise to fame. She has been in the spotlight for many years and has proven that she has staying power when it comes to the Hollywood scene.  

What is Miley Cyrus’ real name? 

Miley Cyrus’s parents named her Destiny Hope Cyrus. Her parents chose such a positive name in hopes that it would bring her a bright future and a happy life.  

Why did Miley Cyrus change her name? 

In 2008 she changed her name from Destiny Hope to Miley Ray. She was just over fifteen years old. Smiley was a nickname given to her as a child due to her happy-go-lucky nature and always donning a smile. So Miley is derived from that nickname, and Ray is a tribute to her Grandfather, Ronald Ray Cyrus.  

Despite wanting a meaningful name for their daughter, Miley’s parents helped her file for her name to be changed legally.  

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Miley Cyrus on stage at Fashion Rocks 2008. Photo by Vanessa Ip.

How tall is Miley Cyrus? 

This songstress stands at 5’5′ inches or 165 cm.  

When is Miley Cyrus’s birthday? 

Miley Cyrus was born November 23, 1992. 

Miley Cyrus’s zodiac sign 

Miley’s Zodiac sign is a high-achieving Sagittarius.  

How much is Miley Cyrus worth? 

Miley Cyrus’s net worth is $160 million, with around $97.4 million in yearly income.  

She tied with Celine Dion in 2014 for the 7th spot in the Forbes list of the highest-paid women in the music industry. 

Miley Cyrus’s sisters, brothers, siblings, family 

Miley Cyrus was born to parents Leticia “Tish” Jean Cyrus (nee Finley) and Billy Ray Cyrus. Miley’s dad Billy Ray is a country singer and stormed the country music scene in the 90s with his hit “Achy Breaky Heart.”  

Miley is the oldest sibling of the children her parents had together. Tish and Billy Ray had Braison and Noah after Miley. 

The two also had children from previous relationships. Tish had Brandi and Trace, while Billy Ray had Christopher Cody, who grew up in South Carolina with his mother.  

This family is full of entertainers. Many of Miley’s siblings are in the entertainment industry. Braison is a model, songwriter, and singer, and Noah is a singer and actress. Brandi is an actress, DJ, and TV show host, and Trace is a musician.  

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Miley with dancers Ashlee (of So You Think You Can Dance fame) and Mandy in 2007. Photo by Mike Schmid.

Who is Miley Cyrus’s dad? 

Miley Cyrus’s dad is country legend Billy Ray Cyrus

Billy Ray rose to fame in the 90s with the release of his hit songs “Achy Breaky Heart,” “She’s Not Crying Anymore,” and “Could’ve Been Me.” 

Who is Miley Cyrus’s mom? 

Miley Cyrus’s mom is Tish Cyrus (Leticia Jean Finley). She has been married to Miley Cyrus’s dad for over 20 years. 

Where is Miley Cyrus from? 

Miley Cyrus is from a small town close to Nashville, so the southern State of Tennessee is where Miley Cyrus is from.  

Growing up, Miley moved around a lot due to her dad’s career. She lived in Canada for a while during her dad’s role in the show Doc

Where does Miley Cyrus live? 

Currently, Miley resides somewhere in California.  

Is Dolly Parton Miley Cyrus’s Godmother? 

The country star icon Dolly Parton prefers to be called her fairy godmother, but yes, she is the godmother of Miley.  

Miley’s dad Billy Ray and Dolly Parton‘s friendship started back in the 90s when he was rising to fame, and Dolly Parton became a mentor to him, even putting him on tour with her. There were rumors that the two were romantically involved. While the rumors were not valid, the star laughed them off in true Dolly fashion, saying “that shit sells records” to a distressed Billy Ray.  

The two stars became close over the years, and Dolly insisted on Miley being her fairy goddaughter.  

Miley Cyrus’s head injury 

When the superstar appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast for a two-hour interview, the starlet revealed that she had sustained a severe head injury as a toddler.  

She told Joe Rogan that her dad took her out on a dirt bike when she was two. He packed the tot into a baby back carrier and hopped on the dirt bike to take her for a ride. 

That day there was a fallen tree on the path, and he ducked to go under, but Miley didn’t duck under with him and hit her head off the tree.  

Miley attributes her anxiety, ability to get overwhelmed easily, and her sometimes impulsive behavior on the injury. She also thinks the blow to her head knocked some personality into her, which is a sunny disposition to have after such an awful experience.  

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Miley Cryus at the Jingle Ball in 2013. Photo by Melissa Rose.

Miley Cyrus’s Hannah Montana days 

Miley auditioned for the role in the Disney show Hannah Montana when she was just eleven years old. Initially, she had auditioned for a supporting role, but she was given the lead role thanks to her acting and singing skills.  

Hannah Montana was one of the highest-ranking Disney shows on TV. It premiered in 2006. Miley quickly became labeled a pop star as she toured with the Cheetah Girls. 

Disney released a soundtrack to the show in October of 2006, and it quickly topped the Billboard charts, making Miley a superstar with deals in film, television, music, and merchandise.  

Miley released five albums as Hannah Montana 

  • Hannah Montana 
  • Hannah Montana 2 
  • Hannah Montana: The movie 
  • Hannah Montana 3 
  • Hannah Montana forever 

The final episode of Hannah Montana aired on January 16, 2011, but that was certainly the last we would see of Miley Cyrus. 

What happened to Miley Cyrus’s voice? 

Miley has a condition known as Reinke’s Edema. This condition is the reason behind the apparent change in her voice over the years. Some symptoms people who have Reinke’s Edema experience are: 

  • A breathy, low-pitched voice 
  • A gravely sound to the voice 
  • Reduced pitch range 
  • Vocal fatigue 
  • Difficulty using your voice 
  • Loss of vocal control 

Some factors that could cause Reinke’s Edema are: 

  • Vocal Abuse – Pushing your vocal cords past their limit. It can happen from singing, talking, or shouting.  
  • Singing technique – Using an extensive range of pitches and emotions while singing can lead to bad technique while singing and injury to the vocal cords.  
  • Smoking – This is a prevalent condition among smokers.  
  • Lifestyle – Using drugs and alcohol can make you less aware of your body’s cues that it is at its limit, making pushing too hard easy to do.  
  • Not taking rest days – Just like any other muscle in the body, the vocal cords need to rest. Unfortunately, that is not always possible when you are in the limelight.  

Miley did have vocal cord surgery in November of 2019 to help correct the problem.  

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Miley Cyrus performing at the Simón Bolivar University on May 17, 2011. Photographed with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi. (Camera settings: 1/80 ƒ/5.6 ISO 1600 55mm). Photo by Daniel Atun.

Miley Cyrus’s tattoos 

Donning a rock star attitude and a love for body art, Miley Cyrus has her fair share of tattoos, somewhere in the range of 50-60.  

Here are a few of her tattoos and the meaning behind them. 

  • Crossed arrows  Located on the back of her right arm. This is one of Miley’s older tattoos, and it is the Native American symbol of friendship. Kat Von D was the artist behind this sweet and simple tattoo.  
  • Love  She has the word love tattooed on her ear, claiming that it is to block out all the garbage that everyone talks and to remind her to hear things from the people she genuinely loves.  
  • 1961- A tribute to her dad, Billy Ray, she has his birth year on her hand.  
  • An anchor  One of Miley’s oldest tattoos, it reminds her always be aware of who she is, to keep her feet on the ground, and that she always has a safe place to return to.  
  • Portrait of her Grandmother – This tattoo is found on her forearm and is a tribute to her beloved grandmother.  
  • Song lyrics – Lyrics from a song by the Pixies called “The Thing.” The tattoo is found on her arm, and the lyrics go, “My head was feeling scared, but my heart was feeling free.” 
  • Dream catcher – Located on her right ribs, it is said that this tattoo is meant to represent her siblings. It is from a picture of a dream catcher that hangs above her bed.  
  • Rose – Miley got this one in the fall of 2019 and posted it on Instagram to show off her newest body art with the caption, “When asked if what you say and do is done with purest intentions and only LOVE inside the heart?” 

Who is Miley Cyrus dating? 

Miley Cyrus is currently dating Maxx Morando, drummer for the band Lily. The lovebirds were first seen together in November of 2021 at the Gucci Love Parade and then again on New year’s Eve, holding hands and kissing.  

Over the years, Miley has had a few boyfriends. Let’s look at a timeline of the starlet’s romances. 

Nick Jonas, 2006 to 2007 

This was a year and a half long relationship, and both were teen royalty at the time and always under the microscope of the paparazzi. The couple separated in December 2007, which sparked Miley to write the song “7 things.” 

Justin Gaston, 2008 to 2009 

Justin is an underwear model and a reality show star. He appeared on Billy Ray Cyrus’s show Nashville Star. The couple dated for nine months before calling it quits.  

Liam Hemsworth, 2009 to 2013 and 2016 and 2019 

The stars met while on the set of the video for “The Last Song.” They got engaged in May of 2012 but parted ways in September of 2013. 

The couple reconciled in 2016, much to their fan’s delight, and got married in December of 2018. 

The following summer, in August 2019, the couple split again, and Liam filed for divorce, stating they needed time to work on themselves and their careers.  

Kellan Lutz, December 2013 

According to a source close to Miley, the two enjoyed each other’s company, but not much else was released about this romance.  

Jared Leto, February 2014 

This relationship seems like it was more of a good time for both celebrities. It was nothing serious and had no commitment. They were both just looking to have fun.  

Patrick Schwarzenegger, November 2014 to April 2015 

A short and sweet relationship, the two were photographed together several times.  

Kaitlynn Carter, August 2019 to September 2019 

She was spotted not long after her divorce kissing Kaitlynn Carter. The two had a spicy romance, fleeing to Italy and showing public displays of affection. The couple was together for a month before going their separate ways.  

Cody Simpson, October 2019 to August 2020 

This relationship went public right away, with the couple publicly making out. The pair were quarantined together at the beginning of the pandemic, and Cody even wrote a song for Miley, “Golden Thing.” Unfortunately, the relationship fizzled out around the ten-month mark.  

Pete Davidson and Miley Cyrus 

The rumor mill has been a buzz that Pete Davidson and Miley Cyrus are dating, thanks to a post on Instagram of the two of them. The picture was to announce that they would be co-hosting NBC’s New Year Special.  

They do have a history together that involves matching tattoos, Miley serenading Pete on the Jimmy Fallon show, and appearing on SNL together, but they are just friends and nothing more. They are both in relationships with other people.  

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Miley Cyrus performs on the Today Show in downtown Manhattan for Fleet Week New York (FWNY). FWNY, now in is 29th year, is the city’s time honored celebration of the sea services. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey J. Hopkins.

What is Miley Cyrus’s sexuality? 

The singer and songwriter is a member of the LGBTQ community. She identifies as pansexual, meaning she is attracted to someone for who they are not dependent on their gender identity. People who identify as pansexual are referred to as gender blind.  

What movies has Miley Cyrus been in? 

Not only is Miley a powerhouse songstress, but she is also a well-respected actress. She has several movies under her belt, including:

  • Big Fish  
  • Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert  
  • Bolt 
  • Hannah Montana: The Movie 
  • The Last Song 
  • LOL 
  • So Undercover 
  • Miley: The Movement 
  • The Night Before 
  • A Very Murray Christmas 
  • Crisis in Six Scenes 
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 
  • Stand by You 

Miley Cyrus Albums  

Miley has broken the record for the most Billboard five albums of any other female artist.  

Her hit albums are: 

  • Meet Miley Cyrus 
  • Breakout 
  • Can’t be Tamed 
  • Bangerz 
  • Miley Cyrus and her Dead Petz 
  • Younger Now 
  • Plastic Hearts 

Some of the Billboard-topping songs found on these records are: 

  • “When I Look at You “
  • “We Can’t Stop” 
  • “Wrecking Ball” 
  • “Party in the USA” 
  • “The Climb” 
  • “Fly on the Wall” 
  • “Decisions” 

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