When our minders are gone, Cyrus removes a tiny vape pen from her Versace clutch and inhales a few times. She speaks like someone who is as interested in figuring out what Miley Cyrus thinks as the rest of us are. Or, What got me there? I was getting a migraine while she was describing it.
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And—this was all in one conversation—she was going to buy an airline, that people could put their pets on, so you could fly with your pets, and her line was going to be For Pets Only. She just gets excited. And all these things are possibilities. Conversation with Cyrus is a little like trying to tune a radio between stations, with different bits of song coming through. I also wrote a lot of this next record before my fucking entire house burned down, and my whole fucking life changed. It was Hemsworth who bought that house, years ago. But Cyrus, it turned out, had been there first.
Years later, after she and Hemsworth had starting dating, on the set of a Nicholas Sparks movie called The Last Song , and then split up—temporarily, as it would turn out—Hemsworth purchased the house from Wilder without knowing its history. And the old owners are cleaning out the garage and getting out all these plaques and shit with my face on it.
In time, he and Cyrus got back together, and she moved into the house with him. Hemsworth evacuated their animals.
And then, like more than a thousand other homes in the area, it was gone, along with everything in it. Some of the feelings did not add up with the others. Some of them were super-angry; some of them were relieved in a way, which feels really fucking weird. Anger, relief, sadness.
But, we heal up and our brain gets used to imagining a worst-case scenario happening over and over again. Getting married grew out of what she and Hemsworth went through, she says. Losing my home, losing that peace, was very unsettling.
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I felt like my roots got ripped from under me. I was working on Black Mirror in South Africa. The day I heard we lost our home, my scene was set at my house in Malibu. My character was having a panic attack, so needless to say the inspiration was there. Anne Sewitzky, the director, and I became very close, since going through all of this so far from home, she was really the only mother figure I had.
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Experiencing that together and in the realness of it all, we created something I think is magical. It really tells my story in some dark and funny way, as that show does, and as life is. Going through a natural disaster, the grief you experience is really unlike any other loss. No more, just different. I would say that losing the house changed us much more than getting married changed us. It actually is kind of out of character for me. A big part of my pride and my identity is being a queer person. What I preach is: People fall in love with people, not gender, not looks, not whatever.
It has nothing to do with sexuality. Sex is actually a small part, and gender is a very small, almost irrelevant part of relationships. We really are stronger together. One is the loneliest number. Sexuality and gender identity are completely separate from partnership. My relationship is very special to me, it is my home.
What Liam and I went through together changed us.
But the timing felt right and I go with my heart. If I ever find myself thinking too far ahead, I acknowledge that anxiety and bring myself back into my body and out of my head. Not just songs, but streams of consciousness. I let myself babble, and in all that junk sometimes there is treasure!
All the things we have ever learned or experienced are just stored away in the back of our mind. Not only their truth, but their lies. The way I feel can be so drastic moment to moment, perspective is everything. Time and place. Here and now.
In a second everything can change. The key for me staying healthy and happy is by being the pilot and not a backseat driver. Thinking for myself. I do give a fuck. A lot of them, actually. Sometimes too many. I live in acceptance of others and hope everyone gets to feel the freedom that I live in! People like myself have a hard time comprehending a middle ground, I thrive on extremes, but I am learning to live in that sometimes uncomfortable and itchy in-between. I want to live a long life full of love, music, and adventure.
I believe balance will get me there. Balance and moderation. Which sometimes is like a foreign language to me. But I am practicing. How could it be? Life is like binge-watching a favorite show. What comes next? At 12 or 13, Lee says he decided he wanted to be an actor, and knuckled down at school to get the grades for drama college.
Coming out was not particularly important, he says. I think it is for lots of people. Which can be disappointing in a sense. Then, seven years ago, after a stint on Heartbeat, he jacked it in. Taking a job at a scrapyard to make ends meet, he directed two short films. His experiences fed into the character of Gheorghe. But I was shocked and ashamed of the reaction that he got in my country. Lee shakes his head. Lee paints on a cinematic canvas.
He keeps the camera vice-tight, so close you can almost hear his characters breathe.