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If you haven’t heard Miley Cyrus’ new song, “Younger Now,” you need to stop everything and watch the video right now. Here you go:
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Now you’ve heard it? Good. Did it give you all kinds of nostalgia? Did it make you think back to the days when Miley was all over Disney Channel as Hannah Montana? That’s not an accident. Miley recently opened up to MTV News about how her new song and her old image are related.
“Now I can be proud of all the Mileys that I’ve ever been instead of trying to run away from the 11-year-old one or feel like I’m not Hannah Montana. I am stoked that that was a part of my life,” she said.
Obviously, Miley isn’t the only pop star who is reflecting on past versions of herself lately. Taylor Swift‘s new video for “Look What You Made Me Do” features several old versions of the singer from different videos and public appearances throughout the years.
But, unlike Taylor, who is declaring the old versions of herself “dead,” Miley sees her younger selves differently. “I’m not afraid of who I used to be. No one stays the same,” she said, quoting her own song.
And if you noticed callbacks to old Miley moments like the dancing from “Hoedown Throwdown” and the opening scene of “Start All Over” in the “Younger Now” video, you’re not alone. While Miley says the similarities weren’t on purpose, she owns them all the same.
“Even though I wasn’t intentionally trying to reenact something I had already done, it just naturally happened because that’s a part of me too,” she said.
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