Miley Cyrus claims she paid for her Bangerz tour, didn’t make any money

From the release of lead single “Flowers” in January, to her eighth studio album Endless Summer Vacation in March, and up to last week’s new single “Used To Be Young,” Miley Cyrus has had a very successful year. So naturally she’s building on this good fortune by… not going on tour. My Bitches, for my day job I work in a management office for music artists. I can say with some measure of authority that if an artist wants to make money, they have to go on tour. But okay, I’ll entertain the thought experiment that Miley is too pure a flower child to be driven by more money. Even with that in mind, Miley’s recent commentary on touring has been, well, curious. More on that later. In a new TikTok, Miley is once again waxing on the ills of touring, this time claiming she had to pay for her 2014 Bangerz Tour herself because no one believed in her vision. To quote our own Carina, “Okay, Miley.” Some coverage from People magazine:

Miley Cyrus admitted just how much she decided to say, “I’ma do my thang,” during her Bangerz era.

In the latest installment of the pop star’s Used to Be Young TikTok series in which she reflects on her life and career in the spotlight, the singer, 30, opened up about how she fully funded her Bangerz Tour because no one else trusted her vision.

“The Bangerz Tour was an investment in myself,” the “Flowers” artist said of the 2014 tour in support of her hit, fourth studio album. “I didn’t make a dime on this tour because I wanted the tour to be excellent.”

She said in the TikTok, “When everyone kept saying, ‘Why are you doing this? You’re going to do like 100 shows and not going to make any money.’ I said, ‘There’s no one I would rather invest in than myself.’ So I paid for it all to make it exactly what I thought I and the fans deserved.”

The “Midnight Sky” singer explained that few people on her team at the time understood her ideas for the show, which was famously extremely campy. She shared, “A lot of these ideas were kind of so outlandish that no one really wanted to support me in making these pieces, so I had big puppets, oversized beds, I came out of my own face on my tongue.”

Cyrus also opened up about the significance behind one of the concepts of the concert that she and her creative director at the time, Diane Martel, came up with. “[Martel] goes, ‘How would you want to end this concert?’ Like, ‘The show is so big, how do you want to end it?’ and I wanted to end it in a Truman Show reference,” the performer shared, referring to the 1998 movie starring Jim Carrey as a man whose life is broadcast as a TV show without him knowing.

She continued, “So I flew out on a giant hot dog, obviously, and I left through all the clouds and the exit sign, the way Jim Carrey does, because I felt like The Truman Show was really a reflection of my life.”

[From People]

I refuse to believe that there was no one who would fund what Miley put up onstage in that tour. What, because it was too crass? Wasn’t her brand of “goofy vulgarity” the point of the Bangerz era? I think Miley might not realize that that concert was more exhausting than shocking. It’s just not adding up for me.

This angle though, of “I had to pay for it all myself to get what I wanted,” is a bit of a departure from her other recent comments on touring. Last week she made the case that performing in front of an audience “erases her humanity and connection,” and I had questions. I would think that having a live audience would reinforce the human connection, no? Maybe she would prefer playing small arenas. It’s also totally fine if she just doesn’t like performing! I don’t think I’d fully believe that of Miley specifically, I’d probably give side-eye like when she said she’s not “attention-seeking.” But I do think I’d respect her more if she simply said “I’ve made the personal decision not to tour right now, and I’m grateful to be in the position to make that choice,” and end it there. Without involving the depths of humanity. It’s just kinda hard to reconcile that heady subject with the image of Miley coming out of her own face onstage via giant tongue slide. But I guess that’s my failing, not hers.

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