Cyrus was born on November 23, 1992, in Nashville, Tennessee, to Letitia Jean “Tish” (née Finley) and country singer Billy Ray Cyrus. Her parents named her Destiny Hope because they believed that she would accomplish great things with her life. They gave her the nickname “SMiley“, which was later shortened to “Miley“, because she smiled so often as a baby. Cyrus suffers from a mild heart condition causing tachycardia which, though not dangerous, is often bothersome.
Against the wishes of her father’s record company, Cyrus‘s parents secretly married a year after Cyrus‘s birth on December 28, 1993. Tish had two children from a previous relationship: Trace and Brandi. Billy Ray adopted Trace and Brandi when they were young.She has a half-brother, Christopher Cody, Billy Ray’s son from a brief relationship, born the same year as Miley; he grew up with his mother in South Carolina.
Tish and Billy Ray had two more children, Braison and Noah. Cyrus‘s godmother is entertainer Dolly Parton. Cyrus was very close to her paternal grandfather, Democratic politician Ronald Ray Cyrus. Cyrus has paid her grandfather several tributes since his death in 2006, including eventually changing her middle name to “Ray”. According to Cyrus‘s father, “A lot of people say Miley changed her name to Miley Ray because of Billy Ray, but that’s not true. She did that in honor of my dad, because the two of them just loved each other to pieces.
In 2001, when Cyrus was eight, she and her family moved to Toronto, Canada while her father filmed the television series Doc. Cyrus said watching her father film the show inspired her to pursue acting. After Billy Ray took her to see a 2001 Mirvish production of Mamma Mia! at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Cyrus grabbed his arm and told him, “This is what I want to do, daddy. I want to be an actress.” She began taking singing and acting classes at the Armstrong Acting Studio in Toronto. In her first role, Cyrus played a girl named Kylie on Doc. In 2003, Cyrus was credited under her birth name for her role as “Young Ruthie” in Tim Burton’s Big Fish.
At age 11, Cyrus learned about the casting for what became Hannah Montana, a Disney Channel children’s television series about a school girl with a secret double life as a teen pop star. Cyrus sent in a tape auditioning for the show’s best friend role, but received a call asking her to audition for the lead, “Chloe Stewart”. After sending in a new tape and flying to Hollywood for further auditions.
Cyrus was told that she was too young and too small for the part. However, her persistence and ability to sing in addition to act led the show’s producers to invite her back for further auditions. Cyrus eventually received the lead, renamed “Miley Stewart” after herself, at the age of twelve. During this time, she also auditioned with Taylor Lautner for the feature film The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D and it came down to her and another actress, but Cyrus started doing Hannah Montana instead.
In 2008, Cyrus earned $25 million, up from her earnings of $18 million in 2007, and was ranked number 35 on Forbes magazine’s “Celebrity 100″ list. Parade magazine reported she was the richest teenage celebrity and that her franchise would be worth approximately $1 billion by the end of the year. In 2009, Forbes ranked her #29 on the Celebrity 100 and reported she had earned a total of $25 million.
Then Cyrus got ranked number thirteen on Forbes’ 2010 Celebrity 100 ranking $48 million. From the $48 million she made between June 2009 to June 2010 made her the no. 4 highest earners under 30 and the youngest on thelist.between June 2010 and June 2011, Cyrus earned $54 million.
Personal life and image
A Christian, she was baptized in a Southern Baptist church in 2005.In an interview, friend and actor Tyler Posey stated that he and Cyrus met on the set of the show Doc, and that they shared their first kiss on the show. He then stated that he and Cyrus dated for two years and then broke up when they were 11. Cyrus told Seventeen magazine that she and Nick Jonas had dated for two years and “were in love”, but were “fighting a lot” by the end. After the break-up, Cyrus says that she initially “rebell against everything Nick wanted me to be. And then I was like, I’ve got to be by myself for now, and just figure out who I really am.
In February 2008, Cyrus and her friend Mandy Jiroux opened a YouTube account and began posting videos of what they called The Miley and Mandy Show. The show, described as a “YouTube hit,” is said to be filmed for fun by Cyrus and Jiroux and to be entirely their work, with Cyrus and Jiroux editing the footage together.
With Cyrus‘s increased success came increased media attention. In a May 2008 interview with The Los Angeles Times, Francois Navarre, the proprietor of the X17 photo agency, said Cyrus‘s market value had picked up considerably after the Vanity Fair photo controversy: “She’s started to sell more. It used to be $300, and now it’s $2,000 for a picture.” Estimates for a picture of the then-15 year old’s first kiss ranged from $30,000 to $150,000. Navarre noted that Cyrus rarely behaved against her wholesome image or went out without a parent and stated, “She has people waiting for the moment she starts to be less traditional.
It’s natural. Any teenager. But it’s going to come very fast. As soon as her mom lets her go out by herself. It’s going to start to be interesting.” Time magazine included her on the 2008 Time 100, the magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Her write-up was written by former child star Donny Osmond, who warned, “As an idol to tweens the world over, singer-actress Miley Cyrus, 15, is riding a huge tidal wave at the pinnacle of her career; this is as it should be. I hope she enjoys it. Within three to five years, Miley will have to face adulthood. As she does, she’ll want to change her image, and that change will be met with adversity.