Remember when Miley Cyrus was a wholesome schoolgirl living a double life, rocking on stage under the nickname Hannah Montana, while at home she was just a regular teen called Miley Stewart? This year, the Disney show that catapulted Miley Cyrus to noughties fame, celebrates its 15th anniversary. And to mark the occasion, Cyrus took to Twitter to post a heartwarming letter – penned by hand, no less – to her alter ego.
“We had an equal exchange in which you provided a superlative amount of fame in return for the anonymity I could gift to you,” Cyrus wrote on Hannah Montana-themed pink and periwinkle paper with star stickers (quite cool, actually). “You were like a rocket that flew me to the moon + never brought me back down”. The singer shares intimate backstage memories, from her auditions for the role and the car rides shared with Dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, to and from the studio, to how co-stars Emily Osment, Mitchel Musso and Jason Earles became her family. We learn she lost her Grandad – "Pappy" – during filming for the first season, and the heartache that he passed away just one month before the series aired. Cyrus also reflects on her life during the six years she spent with Hannah, the ups and downs, how she fell in love for the first time and how she got her period in white capri jeans (eish, we've all been there). What else? The singer dedicates Wherever I Go (“we might be apart but I hope you always know you’ll be with me wherever I go”), the final ballad from the very last episode of the show, to Hannah, and sends her all her love (many, many times). “Not a day goes by I forget where I came from. A building in Burbank, California, with a room full of people with the power to fulfil my destiny. And that they did. They gave me you. The greatest gift a girl could ask for. I love you Hannah Montana”.
Meanwhile on Twitter, Hannah, who's just been verified, responded: “Nice to hear from you @MileyCyrus! It’s only been a decade”.