Miley Cyrus shared a sweet open letter to her “alter ego” Hannah Montana on March 24th to mark the 15th anniversary of the premiere of the Disney channel show that helped launched the pop star’s career.
The show’s classic conceit famously found Cyrus playing two versions of herself: Miley Stewart, a normal 14-year-old, and Hannah Montana, a young pop superstar who uses a blond wig as her disguise. In her letter, Cyrus wrote to Hannah, “Although you are considered to be an ‘alter ego’ in reality there was a time in my life when you held more of my identity in your glovette than I did in my bare hands.”
Cyrus went on to recall the incredible success that surrounded Hannah Montana, and how working on the show overlapped with so many major milestones in her life, both good and bad: The death of her grandfather, falling in love for the first time, getting her period on set (“of course on the same day a ‘cute guy’ was cast and asked to have lunch with me,” Cyrus quipped).
Cyrus also namechecked her costars Emily Osment, Mitchel Musso, and Jason Earles, whom she said became her family as she was “seeing them more than my own” (save her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, who also starred on the show). She then closed by recalling production on the show’s final episode, which aired in 2011, and took its name, “Wherever I Go,” from a Hannah Montana song.
“Hannah, I hope you hear me and believe those words are true,” Cyrus said. “You have all my love and utmost gratitude. Breathing life into you for those six years was an honor. I am indebted not only to you, Hannah, but to any and everyone who believed in me from the beginning. You all have my loyalty and deepest appreciation until the end. With all sincerity, I say, thank you!”
In one more endearing twist, an official, verified Hannah Montana Twitter account also appeared for the first time, and it retweeted Cyrus’ letter with the note, “Nice to hear from you @MileyCyrus. It’s only been a decade.”
— Hannah Montana (@hannahmontana) March 24, 2021
Episodes of Hannah Montana, as well as the Hannah Montana Movie are now streaming on Disney+.