Miley Cyrus found fame from a young age thanks to her role in the Disney Channel show, Hannah Montana. On the show, her best friend was played by Emily Osment, and their characters were so convincing that some people felt they may be BFFs in real life, too. That wasn’t the case, and the only thing that Cyrus and Osment share is their acting abilities.
Over the years, Cyrus’ popularity continued to grow, as she appeared in movies and released music albums, and then there came the time when she decided it was best she shed her image and appeal to a more mature audience. And she did this by catching everyone’s attention with her performance at the 2013 VMAs. It was then that other celebrities who may not have known who she was before started to take notice. Some, like Waka Flocka Flame, developed a bit of a crush on her. Others decided to publicly support her and went on to forge friendships with Cyrus. And then there were those who felt compelled to voice their disapproval.
Cyrus has ruffled a few feathers over the years, but she has also found friendship and support in unlikely people. Below are 10 people who love her, and 10 who really don’t.
20 Nicki Minaj Had Some Choice Words For Miley After She Got On Her Bad Side
Miley Cyrus hosted the 2015 VMAs, and it definitely didn’t go off without a glitch because she and Nicki Minaj had a very public feud. When Minaj went onstage to claim the award for Best Hip Hop Video for "Anaconda," she decided to speak her mind, after the comments Cyrus had made about her in The New York Times, E! News reports.
Cyrus had shared her thoughts on the disagreement between Minaj and Taylor Swift, and Minaj decided to confront Cyrus about this, onstage. Things became heated fast, and an insider told E! News it was not staged — what it was, actually, was very awkward for everyone watching.
19 Let's Just Say Sinéad O'Connor Is Definitely Not A Fan
Sinéad O'Connor is a celebrity who has caused controversy during her time and she is also not afraid to share her opinions. When it came to Miley Cyrus, she had a lot to say.
In 2013, O’Connor had a warning about the music industry for Cyrus, BBC reports. She claimed she was "extremely concerned" about Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” video and that the message she was sending was problematic. Cyrus didn’t ignore the comments. In fact, she escalated the feud by responding on social media, alluding to O’Connor’s mental health problems, the publication states.
This caused O’Connor to pen an open letter to Cyrus, stating that she should remove her messages and what she had done was “irresponsible.”
18 Jodie Sweetin And Miley Cyrus Battled It Out After The Singer Made An Unflattering Post On Social Media
Jodie Sweetin is a mom now and has reprised her role as Stephanie Tanner on Fuller House, the reboot of the original show, Full House. But Sweetin started acting when she was a child, and growing up in the public eye was hard, which led her down a complicated path. She has had her struggles, but she is sober and happy now, which is why she didn’t appreciate Miley Cyrus posting old photos of her on social media.
Her response was very polite though, and according to CNN she simply told E! News, "I don't pay attention to negative stuff. I have so much good stuff going on in my life right now that I try not to pay attention."
17 Taylor Swift And Miley Won’t Be Squad Members Any Time Soon
Taylor Swift is known to have a squad of famous women, but Miley Cyrus is not going to be invited to be among her nearest and dearest anytime soon. There’s no major feud between these two, but they are also not friends, and Cyrus made this very clear during a chat with The New York Times.
According to Elle, Cyrus had this to say: "I'm not trying to be in the squad. None of my friends are famous and not because of any other reason than I just like real people who are living real lives, because I'm inspired by them."
16 Emily Osment And Miley Cyrus Were Best Friends On ‘Hannah Montana,’ But In Real Life, Not So Much
Fans of Hannah Montana may have believed that Miley Cyrus and Emily Osment were best friends in real life too, but all they have in common is a love of acting.
Cyrus shared her feelings about Osment in her book, Miles To Go (via Seventeen), writing, "The show felt real to me, and I wanted my relationship with Lilly to feel real too. I knew it didn’t have to — show business is show business — but I was disappointed. There were times when I didn’t think we could ever be friends. We just couldn’t figure out how to get along."
15 Selena Gomez And Miley Don’t Dislike Each Other, But They Did Have A Disagreement Over A Boy
It would be a stretch to call Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus enemies, but they are also not friends, and this dates back to when they were 16, and in competition over the same boy. That boy was Nick Jonas.
In an interview with W magazine, Gomez had nothing bad to say about Cyrus. She simply recounted what had happened when they were teens. “We never feuded. We both liked the same guy when we were 16,” she said. “It was just a Hilary Duff — Lindsay Lohan thing: ‘Oh, my God, we like the same boy!’ We are now completely settled in our own lives.”
14 Dolce & Gabbana And Miley Had A Fallout Over Her Brother, Braison Cyrus
Miley Cyrus has many siblings, and one of them is Braison Cyrus.
Braison is a model and he made his runway debut in 2018, thanks to Dolce & Gabbana. He walked their show during Milan Fashion Week, and his sister, Miley, was so proud of him she took to social media to praise his accomplishment. But her message congratulating Braison also took aim at the men behind the label, Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce, because she disagreed with their personal views.
According to Us Weekly, Gabbana responded to this comment, claiming that Miley was “ignorant” and that her brother would never work the brand again.
13 Taylor Momsen Has Made Headlines For Her ‘Feud’ With Miss Cyrus
Taylor Momsen made headlines, not for her music or acting, but for her “feud” with Miley Cyrus. In 2010, Momsen made it clear that she was not a Cyrus fan, calling her out by name during an interview with FHM (via Jezebel), in which she said she was not looking to be Miley. She continued, “I don't care about the fame. I do it because I love music. I like making records and if people like them, then we'll go along for the ride.”
According to Jezebel, Momsen later said she didn’t know Cyrus personally, she didn’t listen to her music, and she went on to criticize Disney (you’ll remember Cyrus was once a big Disney star with Hannah Montana).
12 Cher Initially Criticized One Of Miley’s Performances, Then Changed Her Mind
When Miley Cyrus performed with Robin Thicke, many people were left with their mouths open wide. Almost every person had a comment about the performance, and while some showed support for Cyrus, Cher was not one of those people.
Cher thought the performance was bad, and she told CBS Sunday Morning (via Nicki Swift), “I just don't like to see things done badly." She went on to mention all the things she didn't like about the performance, including the outfit, performance, singing, and dancing.
According to Us Weekly, Cher later backtracked, giving a long explanation regarding her earlier comments.
11 From Friends To, Well, Not Friends: Katy Perry And Miley Have A Complicated Relationship
There was a time when Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus appeared to be besties, and then Perry made things awkward when she mentioned Cyrus’ tongue on the morning show, Sunrise (via CBS News). Apparently, it all started when they shared a kiss, but Perry claimed Cyrus wanted more, and then commented on her tongue, saying who knows where her tongue has been — Cyrus’ tongue has become infamous because one of the singer’s favorite poses is to stick out her tongue.
Cyrus responded to the comments on social media, calling out Perry’s ex-boyfriend, John Mayer (who has been linked to several famous women) and hinting that Perry should have worried about Mayer instead. Ouch.
10 Justin Timberlake Has Publicly Stated That He Likes Miley, A Lot
Miley Cyrus has her fair share of critics, but she also has supporters, and sometimes they are unexpected ones.
Justin Timberlake is well-respected in the music industry, so to have him singing your praise is most likely quite the honor. He has publicly voiced his support for Cyrus, following her 2013 VMA performance, telling CBS (via PopSugar) "Listen man, you know, it's the VMAs. What did you guys expect? I like Miley. I like her a lot…”
He also acknowledged that she was young and just letting everyone know that she is growing up, and so people should just let her do her thing.
9 Britney Spears And Miley Cyrus Are Close And Have A Friendship That Dates Back To 2009
Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus are both pop stars, and they also have a lovely friendship which dates back to 2009. They first met when Cyrus introduced Spears onstage at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards, and referred to her as her “hero,” Bustle reports. The two women have publicly shown support for each other over the years, and have also collaborated on a song.
In addition to all of the above, Bustle notes that Spears has posted a photo of Cyrus on her social media, referring to her as “goals” and “#wcw” (or woman crush Wednesday).
8 Demi Lovato’s Always Been An Outspoken Star, And She’s Shown Support For Miley
Another person in the industry that Miley Cyrus is close to is Demi Lovato. Cyrus shared a photo of herself and Lovato on social media after they attended the March for Our Lives event, Teen Vogue reports. "Been friends forever & happy to stand with you on important days like this!" she captioned the image.
Lovato has spoken about Cyrus shedding her Disney image and has given her her full support. “I'm happy seeing her happy because I love her so much,” she told Fox 31's Everyday (via E! News). “And, you know, she doesn't care what people think, nor should she.”
7 Lady Gaga Is All For Miley’s Artistic Expression, Despite What Others Think
Instead of finding fault with Miley Cyrus when she started to change her image and sound (as she shifted away from her Disney days), Lady Gaga chose to support her.
At a time when Cyrus was making headlines and ruffling a lot of feathers, Gaga voiced her opinion, and that opinion was that everyone needed to just calm down.
"I just think everybody needs to lighten up and leave her alone," Gaga told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live (via E! News). "It's pop music. Everybody's entitled to their own artistic expression, and if you have a problem with it, just change the channel."
6 Justin Bieber’s Friendship With Miley May Earn Her An Invite To His Wedding
Justin Bieber is no stranger to controversy, much like Miley Cyrus, but this is not how their bond formed. According to JustJared, they both appeared on an episode of Punk’d in 2012, and they used to “hang out.”
In 2013, Cyrus wrote a post on social media showing her support for Bieber, saying that she "ALWAYS will" root for him. Then in 2017, they were spotted walking backstage together at the One Love Manchester.
Although we don’t know for sure if their friendship is solid enough to secure an invite to Bieber’s wedding to Hailey Bieber (formerly Baldwin), we do know that these two stars have known each other for a long time.
5 Miley And Cara Delevingne Are BFFs And Have Been Spotted Together On Multiple Occasions
Miley Cyrus does have supporters in her corner, and one of those people is Cara Delevingne. The two stars have been spotted hanging out multiple times, and their friendship is also social media official, with Cyrus sharing photos of them together — much to the delight of their fans. And according to an E! News insider, one of the reasons they get on so well is because they have the same sense of humor.
"Miley and her [Delevingne] — they just have a giggle together,” the insider said. “They have a similar sense of humor. They love partying together. They are great friends."
4 Ne-Yo Sung Miley’s Praises At The Height Of Her VMA Controversy
Miley Cyrus has been the subject of many headlines within the last few years, but it was her performance at the 2013 VMAs that really got people talking. This was the moment that Cyrus showed the world she was no longer a Disney Channel star, and she was hoping to appeal to a more mature audience.
Many celebrities weighed in on the performance and her change of image, and Ne-Yo was among her supporters. "You know what? Miley is living her life, man, and who I am to judge?" he told E! News, adding, "Miley, if you're listening, holler at your boy!"
3 Waka Flocka Flame Had A Little Crush On Miley
Waka Flocka Flame is also a Miley Cyrus fan, but this is more because he thinks she looks great than anything else. He told XXL Magazine (via Cosmopolitan) he had a "crush" on her, and that he had an appreciation for her short hair and her dancing skills.
He even recounted a story about when he went to her party, but she didn’t notice him.
"I went to the party, she didn't even know it. I walked right by her, she didn't even know it…” he said. He said they didn’t talk, and he hadn't met her in real life — although his comments seemed to suggest he would have liked to.
2 Avril Lavigne And Miley Have Given The World A Bizarre Photo Shoot, Which Showcased Their Friendship
Avril Lavigne and Miley Cyrus do have some things in common. For example, they share a manager. Lavigne is also a fan of Cyrus’ music, telling E! News in 2013, "It's actually really funny cause my [manager is also hers.] She is doing her thing right now...so good for her."
Perhaps Lavigne’s support and their professional connection endeared these two women to one another, but nothing could have prepared fans for the series of bizarre social media photos that they decided to pose for in 2014. Bustle notes that Cyrus posted a number of photos of them having a fake fight.
1 Nicole Scherzinger And Miley May Seem Like Unlikely Friends, But They Have Been Spotted Hanging Out Together
Nicole Scherzinger likes Miley Cyrus, so much so that they were photographed together during a night out in London. According to the Huffington Post, the two women partied at The Box nightclub, and because their friendship seemed so unlikely, it made headlines.
Not much more is known about their friendship, but Cyrus definitely seems to be a person people would want in their life because she cares a lot about others. “For me, the most important responsibility we have on this entire planet is to take care of one another,” she said, during a One Love Manchester event (via Yahoo!).
Sources: E! News, FHM, Us Weekly, CBS, Huffington Post