It's been over nine years since Hannah Montana aired its final episode on Disney Channel, and in that time, Miley Cyrus has definitely made it clear that she's nothing like the innocent pop star she portrayed on the beloved series. Miley always seems to be a part of one scandal or another, and her risque lyrics, bizarre outfit choices and PG-13 social media presence make it clear that she doesn't care if she loses fans for her decisions—"she's just being Miley."
Her most dedicated supporters and a few old Hannah Montana fans have stuck with Miley through thick and thin, but Hannah herself likely wouldn't approve of the 26-year-old's recent behavior. Hannah was all about being a family-friendly role model, and a look at some of Miley's recent pictures and IG posts prove that's just not the life she's has been living these days!
Now that she's free of Disney's influence over her and can perform and party like the rebellious young woman she is, Miley really does get to experience "the best of both worlds."
20 IS THAT BRITNEY OR MILEY?
When Britney Spears debuted the Oops! I Did It Again music video in the 90's wearing a skintight red leather outfit, it was clear that she was no longer the innocent girl everyone knew from The Mickey Mouse Club.
Miley's recent music video for Mother's Daughter similarly marked her complete departure from Disney and her former innocence, as she ditched Hannah's cute outfits in favor of Britney's seductive red leather look.
19 THIS IS WHY MILEY STEWART CREATED HANNAH
In Hannah Montana, Miley Stewart created her pop star alter-ego so she could still live a normal life free from paparazzi and constant autograph requests from her adoring fans. The moment she took off the Hannah wig, Miley could go back to being her unassuming self and no one was the wiser.
Miley Cyrus doesn't have that same luxury, and this paparazzi photo would break Hannah's heart. She can't enjoy a simple meal with a friend without having a dozen photographers capturing her every bite.
18 MILEY BASICALLY IS ASHLEY O
Miley's character on Hannah Montana may have shared her first name, but her Black Mirror character Ashley O was significantly more like the real Miley Cyrus.
In Netflix's popular alternate-reality show, she portrayed a pop star who desperately wanted to sing edgier, more meaningful songs. Ashley O repeatedly got shot down, and was pressured into remaining a generic, bubble gum pop singer. Miley knows all about that, and watching Ashley struggle with her identity helped viewers see what Miley's own life was like over the past decade.
17 "YOU SEE ME ON THE COVER OF A MAGAZINE"
When Hannah Montana sang about people seeing her "on the cover of a magazine" in "Let's Get Crazy," this probably wasn't what she meant at the time. In this recent Elle cover image, Miley chose to go bra-less and show off her not-so-PG assets off to the world.
Miley also abandons her old Disney smile in this shot, choosing instead to look into the camera with a far more serious expression.
16 TOO FAMOUS FOR HER OWN GOOD
It's really a shame Miley Cyrus doesn't have a secret identity the way Hannah did, because then she would've been able to avoid tragically intrusive pictures like this!
Miley can be seen shielding her eyes from the flashes of dozens of paparazzi cameras, and while she appears to be smiling and still looks beautiful despite the chaos of this moment, she likely wasn't thrilled by this invasion of privacy.
15 SO MANY TATTOOS
Hannah Montana was so wholesome and innocent, there's no way she'd ever consider getting a single tattoo. That doesn't apply to Miley herself, though, as proven by this recent Met Gala picture which displays the numerous tattoos all over her arms.
Miley looks absolutely stunning, but the artwork all over her arms does distract a bit from her beautiful dress and flawless hair and make-up.
14 ART IMITATES LIFE
Even though Miley has been open about how difficult it was to break away from her old Disney persona and develop into the mature, rebellious artist she's known for being now, many fans still failed to realize just how much she was struggling because Miley always seemed to have a good attitude about it all.
This image of Black Mirror's Ashley O gives much-needed insight into what life was really like for Miley behind the scenes. Ashley's pained expression as she fights for control of her own image is truly heart-breaking.
13 WAY TOO METAL FOR HANNAH
Hannah Montana loved to perform in bright, bubbly, Disney-approved outfits. Miley still occasionally embraces her inner-Hannah and dons some eccentric, cutesy attire on stage, but this recent selfie proves she has a dark side her old character definitely lacked.
There's no way anyone who watched Miley's old show in the 2000's could have expected her to grow up and wear this black leather hat covered in metal spikes.
12 LASHING OUT AT PAPARAZZI
Miley fans love seeing new pictures of their favorite artist out and about in her everyday life, but there's definitely a downside to those candid paparazzi shots. It's extremely unfair that Miley really can't go anywhere without a dozen photographers showing up to take pictures of her.
It seems like recently, Miley let her frustration get the best of her. This picture shows her lashing out at paparazzi for invading her privacy. If only she could just throw on a wig and pretend to be someone else.
11 FIRE DANCER
Miley frequently expresses her desire on social media to be free and open with her body, and this gorgeous—and somewhat out-there—picture demonstrates that perfectly.
She appears to be completely unclothed, and the only things obscuring her assets are a few well-placed flames. We've seen plenty of hot Miley Cyrus pictures, but this photo is on another level.
10 WAIT, THAT'S NOT JAKE RYAN
Even though Lucas Till's character was absolutely dreamy in Hannah Montana: The Movie, it was hard seeing Miley Stewart and Travis together because most fans shipped her with Jake Ryan. Miley and Jake's relationship was filled with ups and downs, but they seemed perfect for each other and fans held out hope that they'd be endgame.
Seeing real-life Miley with (her soon-to-be ex-husband) Liam Hemsworth was similarly weird because again, we can't help wanting her to end up with Jake.
9 HANNAH WOULD NEVER BACK THAT HAIRDO
Since Miley Stewart just threw on a wig whenever it was time to perform as Hannah Montana, she never had to worry about having a bad hair day. Miley Cyrus doesn't have that same luxury, and this cringe-worthy red carpet photo shows that not all of her hairstyles are winners.
She looks like a porcupine with that incredibly spiky hairdo, and while fans appreciate her willingness to take risks, she probably would've looked better with Hannah's flawless fake locks.
8 CLASSY WEDDING PHOTO
Weddings are supposed to be mature, classy events, but Miley didn't hold back her personality during her special day with Liam Hemsworth. Her wedding dress is elegant and sophisticated, but this pose in which she pretends her flowers are... something else... definitely isn't.
There's no way Disney would've let Hannah get away with this sort of vulgar and childish behavior.
7 CAN'T EVEN GO SHOPPING IN PEACE
Most pictures of Miley show her performing on stage, behind-the-scenes of a music video or on the red carpet of an awards show, so it's nice to see her looking normal in some basic sweats, without a fancy hairdo or perfect make-up.
It is, however, still disappointing to realize that even when she just goes to the market for a case of water, Miley has to dodge dozens of photographers who want to make money off of looks into her personal life.
6 PUNK ROCK PRINCESS
Hannah claimed in "Best of Both Worlds" that she liked to "chill it out, take it slow" and "rock out the show," but she wasn't a true rocker by any means. All of her songs were Disney fluff, and her attire was definitely more "pop princess" than "hardcore rockstar."
This recent IG picture proves that the real Miley is quite a bit edgier than her old character. She's wearing some seductive leather, her eye makeup is darker, and her facial expression is that of someone who actually knows how to rock.
5 WORST OUTFIT EVER
Speaking of outfits that Hannah definitely never would've worn on the Disney Channel, check out this ensemble Miley tried out at the VMA's!
While her peers walked the red carpet in beautiful suits and dresses, Miley strut her stuff in a giant rainbow square with some colored, fake dreadlocks and chunky rainbow bracelets.
4 MILEY'S LATEST DISGUISE
Any time Miley Stewart wanted to disguise her true identity, she walked into her secret Hannah closet and grabbed a wig and a flashy outfit. Miley briefly tried following in her old character's footsteps on RuPaul's Drag Race, but she went a drastically different route in her attempt to conceal her identity.
Miley put on some very unflattering faux facial hair and pretended to be a man named BJ. Unsurprisingly, no one was truly fooled by the disguise.
3 EAT YOUR HEART OUT, HUGH
Miley has a great, somewhat raunchy sense of humor in real life, and that recently prompted her to take part in a very adult Easter-themed photoshoot.
She took pictures dressed up like a Playboy bunny, and let someone dressed as the Easter Bunny bend her over his lap and spank her. The pictures are hilarious, but Hannah wouldn't have appreciated them as much as her fans do.
2 BATHING IN PEPTO BISMOL
While filming Ashley O's "On A Roll" music video for Black Mirror, Miley had to completely undress herself and jump into a bathtub filled with what looks like Pepto Bismol.
Just when everyone thought there was no topping Miley's controversial "Wrecking Ball" music video, Ashley O had to go and take things up a notch. Somehow, Miley can make even a tub of sticky pink paint look seductive.
1 RED CARPET FASHION STATEMENT
Miley knew how to capture every photographer's attention back when she was an innocent Disney star, but now that she's older and free to be her authentic self, she really knows how to work the red carpet.
Everything about this photo is utterly flawless, from Miley's hair and make-up to her very mature, cleavage-revealing outfit. She definitely risked experiencing a major wardrobe malfunction here, but it doesn't look like she cares.