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miley-cyrus-tells-her-mom-about-loving-girls-like-i-love-boysPhoto Credit: Paper Magazine

Miley Cyrus is on the cover of Paper Magazine holding a potbelly pig and she’s naked. But it’s what’s inside of the magazine that has people talking (okay, yes we definitely were also talking about the naked pig cover).

Besides being known for her booming success as Disney’s Hannah Montana, a career as a twerking pop singer riding through crowds on wrecking balls, and her slew of hunky Hollywood boyfriends from Liam Hemsworth, Nick Jonas, and Patrick Schwarzenegger, Cyrus is coming into her own as an individualist (we think she’s reached that point) and as an activist for equal rights. Through her recently established foundation Happy Hippie, Cyrus and the organization benefit the LBGT youth who are homeless or struggling to make a living.

When Cyrus won the VMA for Video of the Year in 2014 for “Wrecking Ball”, the charitable 22-year-old send Jesse Helt on stage to accept the award and speak on behalf of the 114,000 homeless men and women living in California at the time. Helt, a recipient of the Happy Hippie foundation funding, stemmed a stirring response from the crowd as well as Cyrus who held back tears in her seat.

In the midst of working on her new album, Cyrus expanded on her enthusiasm for her organization and how she has understood sexuality since adolescence.

“I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age. Everything that’s legal, I’m down with.”

She revealed, “I’m down with any adult – anyone over the age of 18 who is down to love me. I don’t relate to being boy or girl, and I don’t have to have my partner relate to boy or girl.”

When talking to Us Weekly a few weeks ago, Cyrus confirmed that she’s had as serious of relationships with women as she’s had with men. (Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth were engaged for over a year in 2012 before calling it quits.)

Miley’s mom Tish, who is lovingly referred to as “a conservative-ass motherf***er” in the interview, was faced with a challenging conversation with a then-14-year-old Miley who found no boundaries when it came to love, who to love, and how to love.

The butterfly pasty-wearing Cyrus recalled, “I remember telling her I admire women in a different way. And she asked me what that meant. And I said, I love them. I love them like I love boys.”

She continued, “And it was so hard for her to understand. She didn’t want me to be judged and she didn’t want me to go to hell. But she believed in me more than she believes in any god. I just asked her to accept me. And she has.”

The Miley Cyrus issue of Paper Magazine hits stands June 22. Read her full interview here.

And to learn more about Happy Hippie click here.

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