Pop singer and actress Miley Cyrus, the daughter of country music veteran Billy Ray Cyrus, was baptized in a Southern Baptist church before moving to Hollywood in 2005. She attended church regularly while growing up and she even wore a purity ring. However, during an episode of her Bright Minded Instagram Live on Friday alongside Hailey Bieber, Cyrus revealed why she left the church.
Cyrus revealed that it was because of the church's stance against homosexuality that deter her to stay away from the church. The 27-year-old shared: "I was also brought up in the church in Tennessee at a time in the '90s, so it was a less accepting time with all that. I had some gay friends in school. That is the reason why I left my church is that they weren't being accepted. They were being sent to conversion therapies. And I had a really hard time with that and I had a hard time with me finding my sexuality too."
In October 2016, Cyrus came out as pansexual. "My whole life, I didn't understand my own gender and sexuality," Miley said at the time in an interview with Variety.
Further, Miley shared, "So I think now you telling me that I'm allowed to redesign my relationship with God as an adult and make it how it feels most accepting to me would make me feel so less turned off by spirituality."
In response, Hailey told Miley, "I think it's about your journey between you and God. It's not your journey and 10 other people's journey. It's just yours. It's been you and Him. I believe that Jesus is about loving people, no matter where they are in life. I've always had a hard time with church making people feel excluded and not accepted and they can't be a part of it because of what they believe in and who they love."