Miley Cyrus has penned an emotional letter to her alter ego Hannah Montana in acknowledgement of the show’s 15th anniversary.
The first episode of the iconic Disney channel show, which launched Cyrus’ career, aired on March 24th, 2006. The show ran for four seasons, with a total of 98 episodes and a movie to the show’s name.
Cyrus shared the letter to her various social media accounts, posting scans of the two page letter which she had handwritten very aptly on Hannah Montana stationery. The letter sees Cyrus showing her gratitude to Hannah Montana, detailing some of the ups and downs she had whilst on screen as her alter ego.
“It’s been a while. 15 years to be exact,” she wrote. “Since the first time I slid those blonde bangs over my forehead in the best attempt to conceal my identity. Then slipped into a puke pink terry cloth robe and a bedazzled HM over the [heart]. I didn’t know then…that is where you live forever.”
“Not just in mine but millions of people around the world. 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.”
In the letter, she reflects on how it felt when her Pappy – Billy Ray Cyrus’ father – passed away while filming.
“He wanted to hold on long enough to catch the premiere on March 24th. He passed February 28th.”
“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 + he was a badass democratic state legislature. My heart was broken but fulfilled to know I could carry his name beside my dad’s through every credit,” she wrote.
She finishes the letter with an acknowledgement of how much the show changed her life.
“It was bittersweet to know I would be leaving you (a huge piece of me) behind in Stage 9,” she said. “Which is where I say I grew up when asked. It was my home.”
Read the full letter below.
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) March 24, 2021