Miley Cyrus came to fame as a child star on the Disney Channel's Hannah Montana–a series that required her play both a "regular kid" and a famous singer who performed her own songs.
Long before she became the tattooed fiancée of Liam Hemsworth, she starred on the series that proved a perfect vehicle for the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, and made the clean-cut kid instantly relatable to throngs of young viewers who turned Miley into a role model.
Born Destiny Hope Cyrus, the "Party in the U.S.A." singer earned the nickname "Smiley" because of her sunny disposition as a baby. The name was later shortened to "Miley," a moniker the Teen Choice Award winner took on as her legal name in 2008. She changed her middle name to Ray in honor of her grandfather, Democratic politician Ronald Ray Cyrus.
In 2007, young Cyrus was a wholesome actress who had released three records (one as Miley Cyrus and two as Hannah Montana). Parents were thrilled that their kids had such a squeaky clean role model and flocked to stores to buy Hannah Montana merchandise (even the toothpaste). So when Miley posted a suggestive picture of herself and a female friend sharing a piece of licorice, parents became outraged.
The following year, Miley's email was hacked and pictures of her in her underwear were leaked. By the time Miley was photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair wearing nothing but a bed sheet in 2008, parents had become apoplectic.
In 2010, the "sexed up" Cyrus got tempers flaring again when she was caught on camera taking a hit of the natural herb salvia from a bong. Shortly after the incident, Miley jokingly referred to herself as a "stoner," which just added fuel to the mommy mob's fire.
One thing that fans and parents alike have finally learned to accept is that Cyrus is, in fact, old enough to date.
In 2012, she announced her engagement to The Last Song costar Liam Hemsworth. The two even got complementary tattoos featuring Theodore Roosevelt quotes in all lower caps (hers reads: "so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat," while his says: "if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.")
On Sept. 16, 2013, however, the pair announced they'd split, ending the engagement.
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