Miley Cyrus wrote a long letter to Hannah Montana to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the show’s first episode – you can read it below.
The teen sitcom debuted on Disney Channel on March 24, 2006, when Cyrus was just 13 years old. It was canceled in 2011 after four seasons and a feature film (released in 2009).
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On Instagram, the pop star reflected on the series in a heartfelt handwritten note. “Dear Hannah Montana, I still love you 15 years later,” Cyrus captioned it, adding the hashtag #HMForever.
“Since the first time I pushed those blonde bangs down my forehead in the best attempt to hide my identity,” she wrote, “then I slipped into a puke pink terry bathrobe with a dazzling HM over the [heart]. I didn’t know then that this was where you would live forever.
“Not just mine, but millions of people’s around the world. Although in reality you are considered an ‘alter ego,’ there was a time in my life when you held more of my identity in your glove than I did with my bare hands. ”
Cyrus continued, “We had an equal exchange in which you provided me with a higher level of notoriety in exchange for the anonymity I was able to give you.”
The star went on to explain that “a lot has changed since then,” describing the character as “a rocket that took me to the moon and never brought me back down.”
“You and I have been through it all together, my friend,” Cyrus added. “We’ve shared a lot of first times. A lot of ears of corn. Oops. Downs. Tears + laughter. I lost my Papi, my dad’s dad, on the set of a season one episode.
“He wanted to hang on long enough to see the premiere on March 24. He passed away on February 28. He was able to see the commercial that ran during High School Musical, which he called one of the proudest moments of his life + he was a die-hard Democrat.
“My heart was broken, but it fulfilled me to know that I could carry his name next to my father’s through every credit.”
Later, Cyrus said she would “never forget” her time on the show. “It was bittersweet to know that I was leaving you (a big part of me) behind in Season 9,” she wrote. “This is the place where I say I grew up when asked. It was my home.”
The singer explained that she was “indebted not only to you, Hannah, but to everyone who believed in me from the beginning,” and said, “You all have my loyalty and deepest gratitude until the end. In all sincerity, I say thank you!”
Cyrus added, “[There] is not a day that goes by that I don’t forget where I came from.” You can read the full letter above.
Earlier this month, Miley Cyrus responded to Lil Nas X’s Hannah Montana parody on TikTok by impersonating Lily (played by Emily Osment) in her own parody video. “Again?! Hannah’s reveal loses its shock value,” she told Nas.