Although a talented musician in her own right, Noah Cyrus said she had trouble growing up in a family as famous as hers. With Billy Ray Cyrus as her dad and Miley Cyrus as her older sister, Noah explained in an Instagram Live session on Saturday how she felt like she was hidden in shadows.
“Being born in the family I was in, everybody gave me such a hard time for having a hard time being Miley’s little sister, but I always felt like I was that person that no one gave a shit about due to what people said to me online,” she tearfully said while explaining the meaning behind “Young and Sad,” a new track on her latest EP, The End of Everything.
“It was absolutely unbearable,” she continued. “And that’s why I write, ‘My sister’s like sunshine / Always bringing good light wherever she’ll go / And I was born to rain clouds / Blessed in her shadows.’ Because that’s why everybody always says to me, that no matter what, I was going to be in that shadow. And I always believed that, and that’s so hard for me to overcome.”
Noah went on to explain how the online comments impacted her self-esteem. “That was something that I heard my whole life, every single day, my whole life,” she said. “And it was either that or that I wasn’t enough in some way, whether it was the way I look or the way I am. Like I said the other day, I feel like sometimes I feel like I don’t even breathe right sometimes.”
She continued, “Basically, that was what the song is about, and I just wanted to open up about that once and for all, because that’s been a big part of my life, and I probably won’t talk about it anymore, but I just wanted to put it out. Everybody always says, ‘You’re giving the people power by seeing it,’ but I can’t control seeing it. You guys are young, you know, the Internet. And it’s been really tough on me, so that song is just pretty tough to get through.”
In a March interview with The Telegraph, Noah recalled seeing paparazzi photos of herself online for the first time, during the peak of Miley’s Hannah Montana fame. She told the outlet, “It was so stressful seeing pictures of myself online, of reading stuff about myself on the Internet that I simply assumed must be true.”
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